A stack of socks & a stack of books

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I don’t want to jinx it but I feel summer has truly come to an end now. The heat wave is over, the students are back in town and leaves are beginning to change colour. Also, last Friday the Summer Socks KAL ended and apparently I managed to finish 7 pairs in the last 2 months! Not only did I find my knitting mojo back over summer, but I finally also managed to squeeze in some reading time.

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I haven’t finished Three Bags Full yet, but I am really loving it. It’s a sheep detective and I think that says enough for anyone to want to read it. I loved all the books I finished (Het Smelt by Lize Spit, Slade House by David Mitchel and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I loved the most), with the exception of the new Harry Potter book. I know there’s plenty of people out there that loved it, I am most certainly one of the people that couldn’t help but feel it read like badly written fan fiction.

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Other than the socks I already blogged about (Pixel Socks, Spring Fern, Evening Stockings for a Young Lady and Fine & Dandy socks) I managed an additional 3 vanilla pairs. The yarn used for these are: Lana Grossa Meilenweit (in the Bronx colourway), Regia Pairfect (in the cheesecake colourway) and Arne and Carlos design line (in the summer night colourway).

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These Arne & Carlos socks just came off the needles last Friday and as you can see they still need a soak. And although the stripes in the Pairfect Cheesecake socks are my favourite colour-wise and I’ll be buying pairfect yarn in all possible colourways, the cuff on the Arne and Carlos socks worked out so well I think I’ll be using it for more socks from now on. If you want to try it it’s super simple: I just did a provisional crochet cast on, then knit X amount of rows, purl one row, then knit X amount of rows again. Fold the provisional cast on inside the socks, take out the waste yarn and knit each newly opened up stitch together with one of the live stitches.

Now that I got this insane spree of socks knitting behind me, I’ve been spending my entire Sunday browsing patterns, running to my stash looking at yarn, and dreaming of all the 5 billion autumn projects I’ll be casting on.

How has your summer knitting been? Have you already started on any autumn projects?

10 thoughts on “A stack of socks & a stack of books

  1. That’s a nice collection of knitted socks. Your Arne&Carlos cuff intrigues me, I’ll have to try that one time. Concerning your reading pile, I’ve only read To kill a mocking bird and liked it a lot. I haven’t read the new HP, but I hear a lot of people being dissapointed by it.

  2. I love all your socks!! I have a few skeins of Arne & Carlos in my stash that I can’t wait to knit up 🙂 I’m ready to hit fall knitting hard-I’ve started a new sweater for my mum, I’m planning a sweater for me, and I’m getting the urge to knit ALL THE COWLS!

  3. The stack of books and sock photo is amazing! What a happy picture! Now you’ll have toasty feet for fall. I wish I could say our weather is changing in the way of fall but I don’t think that will be happening for awhile.

  4. Those socks…. they are just dreamy. The pair I’ve been working on keeps getting knit and ripped, knit and ripped. I hope my stack is able to grow like yours.

  5. I didn’t know there was Arne & Carlos yarn! I really like the way to handled the cuff there. Nice!

    I just bought new yarn with plans for shawls, but no time to actually knit them anytime soon. hmph. I am knitting a loop scarf for my mother for Christmas and I should really get a move on with my jumper if I want to be able to wear it this winter. Unfortunately, I am not keen on knitting it. I almost finished it earlier in the year and then unravelled it because I didn’t like the fit in some places and thought I might as well start over. Oh dear.

  6. I love your stack of socks! The Pairfect yarn looks like so much fun to knit with. Will have to add it to my growing sock yarn wish list. I’ve never tried a turned down cuff hem but really like the look.

  7. books and socks, what an awesome picture! That cuff from the Arne & Carlos socks looks so cool, I’d love to try it. Thanks for the recommendation. All your socks look fantastic, I’m so impressed you knit them in 2 months- you’re a machine!

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