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Beach Knitting Part 1

Ive been doing a bit of knitting while sitting around at the beach.
Beach Knitting

Im knitting striped socks with Lisa Souza Sock Yarn (from the heels and toes bin at Stitches West) using a general toe up approach. I used the Knitty generic toe-up sock instructions and directions for “hole-free” shortrows from Nothin’ but Knit. They are going much quicker than my previous pair, but I owe part of that to the fact that I have knitted them only once…
One sock is finished and the other one is past the heel. Hopefully I can post a proper picture of them finished when I get home!
The beach (outer banks, NC) is pretty nice–its been hot and sunny most of the week–but the ocean here is just not as dynamic as it is on the West Coast. Ive managed not to get too sunburned yet, but ive still got two days to survive!

finished things!!

I know its amazing, but I have actually managed to complete a few projects.

A trio of knitted toys for my cousins. They are, from left to right, a kitty made as a modified Bubby from Knitty made from Cascade 220, an elephant from the pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts from Blue Sky Aplaca Sport Weight and Pasha the penguin from Knitty made from Blue Sky Alpaca and Cascade 220.

a close up of the kitty

and i made cherry jam on what was probably the hottest day of the year

at long last the socks are finished! They are made from Socks That Rock in a color called moss agate. The pattern was invented (and re-invented) on the fly as a toe-up sock with an afterthought heel and 2×2 ribbing on the top and ankle. Forgive the strange angle of my legs, photographing socks is sure hard to do….

even cuter than I thought

Oh man… Baby Tillie came to visit the other day and I couldent get over how cute her little feet were so I went right home and started knitting some baby socks. Then I couldent get over how cute the baby socks were (in particular, how much cuter they are than adult sized socks ive been working on) but that was really nothing in comparison to the ultimate combination of baby socks on baby feet

(Photo by Tillie’s mom)

the sock saga

It began innocently enough, a drink or two at the Mel-o-dee, some good looking yarn, encouragement from my friends. Next think I know I’m knitting socks. It must be said here that I have a sitting attention span of about 30 min before I fall asleep in most settings and while i start many a knitting project, most of them have been living in my knitting bin for months untouched. I make a point of working only on sewing projects I can complete in one sitting. As Nick often points out, its really a wonder that ive made it this far in life (at least in the life im leading) All of these time constraint factors did not bode well for my prospects of completing a pair of socks. I decided I needed to do them both at once just so I couldent bail out with only one sock made. And yet, here they were last week nearing completion. I still had the heel left to go (toe up with an afterthought heel) but I had made up my mind that I would cast off at knitting last tuesday and thats how long they would be.
I bound off, held my breath and snipped the yarn free only to find two min later that there was no way that my foot was actually going to fit inside the sock. The foot part fit fine, and the ankle part would likely fit but there was no way my heel would pass through. What could I do? It was kind of a big bummer. I topped off the evening with flinging a melted green tea mochi through the air but thats a different story. So here is the one ive torn out.. So sad. I started knitting again adding some stitches to make the ankle section bigger but I really cant tell how big it needs to be. My solution is to knit the afterthought heel now and then I can try it on as I go up the ankle to make sure it fits ok. I havent consulted my knitting guru’s but since Ive already torn out several weeks of knitting one more probably wont hurt that bad.


This is what apollo thinks about knitting–its a good place to sit.