Monday, July 16, 2007


The hottest week of the summer (so far) in Vancouver has (hopefully) ended. I say "hopefully" because I absolutely hate such heat. We have had a number of days well over 30°C and although it is much cooler outside now, my apartment is still hotter than hell.

Even though the weather last week wasn't quite conducive to knitting, I did manage - with the help of ice packs and fans - to put in a few hours of my favourite activity.

I thought it was appropriate that in this heat I would choose to knit socks in a flaming hot colour. Continuing my Potter-themed sock collection, I joyfully started my "Phoenix" socks with Jayne's wonderful yarn. It is a superwash merino and it is oh so soft!

One sock done, second one started.

I had planned to use the flame chevron stitch from Barbara Walker's Fourth Treasury, but then I found this adaptation of the stitch in a Knitty pattern. The use of YOs instead of M1s makes the pattern stretchier, which I need to fit my fat legs.

I also did a bit of work on the birthday stole. This work was done on my lunch hour at work ... nice air-conditioned office. There is no way I was going to attempt to work with mohair in the heat! The only problem with working on this in the office is that I am always afraid the recipient is going to catch me in the act.

Oh, remember the "no spending in July" bit? I lasted only 10 days! The heat got to me and I relieved my frustration by letting my fingers do the clicking. Books and yarn should be landing soon. This is why I never make New Year's resolutions.


Grace Yaskovic said...

I hear you about the spending but Tom needed more yarn to dye so of course I had to add a few things for myself!!!!! Socks look awesome!!

Joan said...

Beautiful projects, G. Can yuu email me with how long the leg of your sock is? I always feel I knit them too long, about 6-1/2" from cuff to top of heel flap. Yours look perfect.
I despise the heat myself and mentally tick off the days until mid-September.
I broke the fast myself with some cashtweed today at Elann. But had an Elann credit to use. ;-}

junior_goddess said...

The socks look great!

Lisa W. said...

Great Sox! and wow, that stole looks amazing too! how lovely and what a beautiful gift it will be. I'm totally not buying yarn until October. (what with my splurge in June in SanFrancisco...and all)! But then I get to go to a fiber festival in Virginia so I'm giving myself a sweet little allowance. Books and all really don't count..really.