Brr! The weather is chilling off here. We’re consistently in the 30s at night. Okay, okay, I realize you are likely consistently in the 30s in the day, but for us this is nippy. We’ve woken to frost and all the other signs of imminent winter are around us. Leaves are falling and give a nice crunchy accompaniment to walks in the woods. I got the bulbs into the ground — all 275 of them. And the corn has been harvested leaving behind the big rolls of silage that remind Dale of Easter Island.
In knitting news I’ve finished my Eternal Flames socks. I sought out a colorway that would play up the idea I had to use the flame rib stitch in a sock pattern. I found Lancaster Yarn Shop’s Kettle-Dyed Sock Yarn in the Amish Broomcorn colorway. You don’t even have to put these socks on to start feeling warmer! Gorgeous colors in this yarn. I was a bit worried when the soak for blocking leeched a lot of dye (and took lots of rinses) from the socks, but they still look just as intense as the yarn when it was still in the skein. The flame rib makes socks that are nice and snug — they hug your foot nicely, not too tight, but snug enough to stay up and stay put. The heels are done with an eye of partridge stitch and the yarn is perfect for it…the short repeat of the orange and yellow against the long repeat of the dark mahogany red really makes the eye of partridge pop. I’ll get the pattern together one of these days — I did keep notes!
I’m also joining in on the Knitting Pipeline’s Rip Van Winkle KAL and the Knitmore Girls’ Coastal Knits KAL and the Stash ‘n’ Burn NaKniSweMo KAl all with the same project. The Rip Van Winkle KAL challenges you to use something that’s been sleeping in your stash or queue for a very long time. I dug up some skeins of Manos del Uruguay that I was gifted from a friend’s mother’s stash when her mother died. She asked her daughter to give it all to someone who would use it. I’ve had it for almost 6 years — it’s about time. The yarn itself is so old that it’s on old tags, and is simply listed as 100% wool in size D. It’s a misty colorway — pale pinks and greys and slate blues and creams. Makes me think of morning fog at sea. The Coastal Knits KAL is for any of the projects from that book. I’ve picked out the Rocky Coast Cardigan. So, for National Knit a Sweater Month (NaKniSweMo), I’m knitting a cardigan. I’m calling it Foggy Coastline at Dawn. I only have 1100 yards or so of the yarn, so am not sure it will fit me when I’m done. Not too worried though. Dale’s mom has been hinting for a handmade and the colors would look very good on her. She’s enough narrower than me that it’ll work. I think I’ll go put in a few stitches now.