Summery

Just for a moment there, it was “too hot” in Aberdeen.
But fear not, we were back to 12 degrees today and I regretted my toes-out shoes, brought out for the first time in two years.  But all weekend, and on the local holiday Monday, it was warm enough to sit in the garden.  Imagine!  I have continued to plug away at the weeding, an hour a day.  Ironically, the best-looking bit of the patch is the lush and green shaded area which I haven’t reached yet.  The foxgloves are beginning to bloom, and self-seeded borage is popping up all over the place.  The sandy slopes are still rather bleak, but the lavender is surviving.  None of the seeds I threw in the gaps have made an appearance yet.
I started a new pair of socks for the Waiting Room.  I knew I wouldn’t enjoy the smell of steaming sheep if I took my Ronaes shawl along.  Good decision!  The 10.15 appointment time meant we were seen at 12.45.  And it was like a sauna in there.
These are the Wallace socks by Rachel Coopey.  Originally a Knitting Goddess sock club pattern, it is now available to buy through Ravelry.  I had been waiting for it to be released, because it struck me as being fun but manly.  As much as I love the socks in the CoopKnits book, none of them looks particularly man-friendly.  I started sock one at the weekend, without a printed copy of the pattern.  I tried to transcribe the chart into words so I could sit outside.  Ha!  My dyslexic tendencies led to me twisting the cable the wrong way on each repeat of the cuff chart.  I didn’t realise until I came to work sock two (I am knitting them two-at-a-time, section by section).
I showed FL.  He still can’t see what’s wrong with sock one (on the right), despite me pointing it out.  So guess whose socks these are going to be?!  I hinted that they were for him, but he doesn’t believe me.  The colour has thrown him off the scent.  They are very very red.  Had you noticed?  But his sock drawer needs brightening up ;)  Unbelievably, he ran out of hand-knit socks at the weekend.  There have been a couple of shrinking / felting incidents lately, as well as a swollen-ankle situation which limits the number of pairs which fit him.  Unless I keep up with the washing, he has to resort to ugly terry sports socks – noooo!
The wool is Yarn Yard Toddy, a 75 wool / 25 nylon mix.  Good, sturdy man-sock material!  If you look closely, there is some slight variation in the colour, but at heart it is a simple red.  I thought it was about time I knitted up some of my Yarn Yard stash.  Since joining the Small Skein Society, it grew beyond expectations.  This was not supposed to happen.  A single skein is perfect for fingerless gloves, but if you want socks, you need more yarn.  So I found myself buying additional contrasting skeins to make up sock-appropriate numbers – oops!  So I have withdrawn from the Society.  I haven’t used any of the club yarns and I was starting to feel overwhelmed.
I have a half-hatched plan to design some mitts to use at least three of the SSS skeins.  Believe that when you see it.
I received a skein of very bright green Toddy through the club.  I plan to use it for black and green colour-work socks:  Space Invaders or similar.  And my prize in the CoopKnits KAL was two skeins of Toddy in the most delicious purple / blue mix – ooh!  I must knit with that soon!
Oh – and I have been reading a lot too!  Code Name Verity was too visceral for me. I had to stop reading it.  Yes I am a wimp.  Now I am deeply immersed in Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I loved Prep.  I liked American Wife.  Sisterland has mixed reviews but I am comfortable with her style of writing.  I could read books like this all the time.  Write more, please!