Spring Into Summer Socks

The cuff and leg on my new cotton sock yarns knit up right quick.  I picked this yarn because the colors looked like Amelia, and these are also for her. I’m calling them the Spring into Summer socks because the color gradients go from spring Green to pink/orange summer fruits and sunset colors. And, you know, they are cotton and will be good for Spring/Summer.

I got through the heel flap and turned the heel, but I don’t like it and will rip it and re-do. The heel is too narrow. I like how the white

Ya Gotta Start Somewhere

Hi, welcome to my knitting blog. I’d start at the beginning, but my knitting story starts w-a-y back in 1998. I can barely remember this morning, let alone what happened a decade ago!

So we’ll start with today. I started off as I usually do, with a few random balls of yarn. I have no idea how many yards I have,  but that never seems to stop me from starting a new project.  Four hours in transit from PHL to CHT to GNV (that’s Philly, PA, my home base, to Charlotte NC, to Gainesville), and here is what I’ve done so far.

I am not sure that I’ll have enough yarn. My poor brain is having a time trying to decide how to handle the possible shortage.

So I got to my hotel, googled Yarn Shop Gainesville, FL and found Hanks Yarn & Fiber ! What a lovely yarn shop! The woman was kind enough to weigh my yarn. I have about 40 oz in the balls and my sock so far is about 11 oz. She said it generally takes about 100 ozs for a sock. 

I got this yarn ages ago, in 2002 or 2003, at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  I know it’s cotton sock yarn, but I have no idea who produced it. I was hoping to find a similar yarn in the yarn shop in a different color, but no dice.  When I bought it, I was going to knit socks for soliders going to Afghanistan and/or Iraq via The Ship Project, so I also have a ball of lovely blue yarn (red, white, blue). At the time, I hadn’t knit socks before and I ended up knitting hats and slippers for the troops, and the yarn sat comfortably in my rapidly expanding stash.

When my dear friend Amelia asked me to knit her a pair of socks (she can’t knit at this time due to problems with her hands) I knew immediately that I wanted to knit her something with hearts.  She’s an artist and loves bright colors, so I knew she’d like the red/white combo. I was hoping to find a ball of orange or yellow cotton yarn to use for the heel and toe. I’m not sure that blue is really very Amelia. (Well, it is, but  usually with greens and yellows).

So, for now, the sock is going to go on hold. I will probably add use the blue for the heel and toe, and look to see how much white is at home. The socks will become anklets, and I am going to hope for the best.

In the meantime, I am stuck without a project.  I’m on a one-day trip, so I didn’t bring another project, or even other needles. This is bad head place for a knitter- I’m looking at another L-O-N-G trip back, hours and hours of air time! With no knitting? Are you kidding me?

 Problem Solved!

Ah! Problem solved! A nice cotton sock in spring colors! Just in case my attempt at the above sock ends in disaster. And- two balls of stash yarn used, two more added- it’s a wash, right?