The sunflowers are opening up! Always a happy time. These were free, started from seeds from last years crop that just grew by themselves. Okay, one more comment about the weather. I keep saying I don't remember a cooler summer, weather wise and I am right. We are officially having the coldest summer in the last 66 years which is more than my lifetime.
I am slowly piecing together the Lizard Ridge Afghan. I am trying to do at least one 4x4 square every day or two. Haven't decided what edging I will use but am leaning toward a i-cord. I bought a teal green/blue Cascade 220 for the edging.
I have finished my plain vanilla ribbed socks and will now start the Columbine Peak socks from Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles using Knit Picks Gold Kettle Dyed Stroll yarn. This is listed as an intermediate pattern. I am reading through a large number of patterns that I have found on Knitty and Ravelry and the thing I find most intriguing is that I can probably use the plain vanilla sock pattern and just change the stitch pattern for the leg and top of the foot for most of them. This is the basis of the Charlene Schurch book Sensational Knitted Socks. If I was stuck on a desert island (with a case or two of sock yarn and needles) this is the book I would choose to have with me.
What I have learned so far:
After fumbling attempts, I have mastered the good join that Cat has in her book (transferring the first stitch from one needle to the other). When I checked her website for errata for the book, I had to laugh. She listed a few other joins, since so many people have had trouble with that particular join. I thought it was just my fumble fingers.
I really like the heel flap and will probably choose patterns that have a nice heel flap for my next few socks (I think I will try the Eye of the Partridge for my next plain vanilla sock that I will be making for my DH).
I don't think I will ever have the dreaded second sock syndrome. (Check back on this as I continue on my Sock Journey). I really don't like knitting two at a time anything, sleeves, socks, gloves....I can't knit as fast when I am trying to keep two balls of yarn from tangling.
I have mastered not having holes when picking up the gusset stiches and don't seem to have an "ear" problem when grafting the toes. The best explaination of Kitchner stitch I have come across is in 2-at-a-time Socks. Great pictures, too.
I must say I am itching to get to CookieA's socks, but I really want to have the basics mastered before I attempt any of her fantastic designs