So autumn is officially here, and it shows. The trees are turning red, brown and gold; the days are shorter, and the temperatures dropped. I like this time of the year, it’s my favourite; at least until the cold and rainy days of November start. I’m trying to take the opportunity of sunny days and go for walks in my neighbourhood, and I keep knitting to prepare myself for the colder half of the year.
Sometimes the walks are a good opportunity to make new friends:
And when I’m at home, I can admire my cats getting ready for winter, as they sleep longer and stopped shedding as much as during the summer.
I’m still in self-care mode, and some days are filled with struggling to even crawl out of bed, but I’m coping. I also have some stuff to do for work, and next week I have to attend 3 days of panel meetings, luckily video sessions instead of traveling to Brussels. But once that’s done, there will be some follow-up work to do, and then I can rest until the next round begins in winter.
For now, I can’t stop knitting socks. It’s the ultimate self-care accessory for me; and I am very peculiar when it comes to socks. First of all, they need to be warm – which makes knitted socks just perfect. Secondly, they need to have the right fit. I really can’t handle too loose socks; they are extremely annoying and if I don’t feel nice, snuggly socks on my feet, or if they keep rolling down, I can’t fall asleep (yes, I sleep with my socks on!). But unfortunately my feet are narrow for their length – this is a problem whenever I want to buy new shoes too! So I have a problem with sock knitting and I always have to adjust the pattern to achieve the right fit. And when I find a pattern that works for me or figure out how many stitches to decrease, I stay faithful to it.
This is why I decided to use the Mustard Toes pattern again, as the previous time was definitely success! I used multicoloured merino and polyester yarn from Wollelfe, which is a very soft, delicate but sturdy yarn, and decreased stitches in the foot a little more than suggested in the pattern, which turned out exactly like I wanted. Something’s telling me that I’m going to wear them a lot this winter.
Then I used another yarn from Wollelfe (I made some serious sock yarn shopping at this store this summer!); Merino twins gradient:
I love that they are separated into two skeins, 200 metres each, so it’s easy to control colour changes and the length of socks. I also have another version of this yarn in green shades, for a future project.
I decided to knit my first pair of toe-up socks to use up all the length of the yarn, knitting until each skein is finished. This project taught me two new techniques: Judy’s magic cast-on and an afterthought heel. Both very easy and useful! And here’s the result 🙂
And my last pair of socks is based on the Ann Budd’s 8 Stitches per Inch Socks, and I made them for my Mum. It’s a tried and trusted pattern, the first one I’ve ever used. The yarn is from Clover Cottage Yarns on Etsy.
I’m still not done with socks so expect more updates on them. In fact, I’m already knitting another pair, this time for my friend 🙂