Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Time Marches On

Another month already! Jeepers, the time is flying by. I barely registered summer before it was over. Our Canadian Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away. And the stores are putting up their Christmas decorations already. Ick.

I got nearly half of the veggie garden cleaned up yesterday at the cost of some sore muscles today. I plan to doggedly go back out there though. I want to get as much as I can done while the weather is still summer-like. Believe it or not I enjoy pulling weeds. It’s just so darn satisfying! Must remember to put on sunscreen and a hat before my nose starts to look like that flying reindeer’s that we won’t mention. Because that would be encouraging a holiday that already takes up about 3.5 months out of the year.

So here’s the last of the FOs that I hadn’t yet posted. This one is from the very first day of our vacation and it served well for the whole time we were away.

Camera Sock
For T-Man

Camera Sock

Begun: August 30, 2008
Completed: August 31, 2008

Yarn: natural grey aran wool (Dalesman? Not sure. Got it at Birkeland Bros anyway.) dye-painted in multi-colours with acid dyes by me, about 35 yards/20g.
Needles: Clover bamboo dpns, 4.5mm
Other notions: metal shank button, thread.

Gauge: Forgot to check in my haste to full the piece! After fulling, 18 st = 4”. Finished size: 5.25” tall by 8” around at the widest circumference. The belt loop is 2” long.

Pattern: Using Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast-on 16 sts on each of the 2 beginning needles. Carry on with these same sts in st st circularly for 10 rounds. Knit 13 sts of the next round and turn and purl back 10 sts. Knit in st st on these 10 sts for 10 rows. Cut yarn leaving a tail to be worked in later. Pick up the same 10 sts through the sts at the back of the beg of the belt loop’s flap creating a double layer. Rejoin yarn at the end of the flap and continue knitting around until the body is the same length as the flap. On the next row, knit the flap sts tog with the body sts to join the layers. Continue to knit around until the body of the sock is a little longer than the camera. Purl the last st of the round, p first st of next round, k2/p2 rib 4 times. Cont to end of round in st st. Rib area is top of sock and plain area is the flap. Keeping in patt as established work 4 rounds more. Next round bind off rib sts and begin knitting back and forth across 10 flap sts, keeping 2 edge sts in garter st and the rest in st st, for 10 rows.
Dec row 1: k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2. Turn. K2, p8, k2.
Dec row 2: k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2. Turn. K2, p6, k2.
Dec row 3: k2, ssk, bind off 2 sts, k2tog, k2. Turn. K2, knit-cast-on 2, k2.
Knit 2, k2tog, k2. Turn. Knit 1 row.
Bind off last 5 sts.

Fulled in a bucket of hot water with soap until a nap was raised and a small amount of shrinkage occurred. Rinsed in cold water, blotted in a towel and air-dried. Stitched a button under buttonhole with quilting thread (since that was all the thread I had with me.

Comments: I started this while waiting in the US border lineup for nearly 3 hours. I finished all the knitting including some ripping and revising while we crept forward or just stopped with the motor off. I did the fulling at the Fort Casey campsite in a bucket and completed the drying on the van’s dashboard on the hot air vent the next day as we drove to Oregon. Sewed the button on at Fort Stevens in the parking lot while waiting to see if we could get a campsite for the night.

I would only change one thing if I could – start the belt loop up a bit higher on the body of the sock. It would balance better and maybe not stress so much at that spot. Otherwise it’s a successful project-on-the-fly to hold T’s camera while we walk or cycle.

The trees are finally starting to turn here and the colours are getting really pretty. This is my favourite time of the whole year especially when the weather is warm and sunny during the day and cool at night. It energizes me and makes me happy. Simple pleasures are the best ones, don’t you think?

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