...every year! My favorite season. The colors, the smells, the food, the sounds, the wool... ahhh! And yes, cozy socks! I finished these on Monday night, at our resuscitated knitting night gathering. :)Now, I must confess, these have been a long time coming; nearly a year! They are from Through The Loop's Mystery Sock Knitalong of Socktober 2008. The plan was that the participants would receive a clue each week in October, knit each clue, and be ready for the next clue when it was revealed. Fun, right?! I was so on-board with the whole project. I even started both socks, I was that into it. Well, clue 1 - the cuff, no problem. Clue 2 - the leg, no problem (oooh, lace!). Clue 3 - the heel flap, stall. I completely stopped. Clues 4 + 5 sat undone for months. I'm not sure why, really. I could not get fired up about these again, until about ten days ago. Something about feeling Soctober 2009 coming around the corner, urged (read: shamed) me to finish these. I'm so glad I did, because they're really nice! They feel great on, and even though they're lace, they feel substantial, not wimpy at all. Yippee!
The yarn is some stashed and highly coveted Sundara Sock Yarn. I drool over the colorways at the site regularly. Sundara has a way with color that really amazes me; layers of gorgeous harmonious shades. The yarn over there sells out fast, so it's kind of a safe place for a sock yarn junkie to hang out and not get into much trouble; I get totally dazed out by the beauty and wait too long to beat out the clear-headed knitters. One day, last summer I stayed alert enough to nab a few skeins including this beauty, Raspberry. When the yarn arrived, I displayed it on the kitchen counter, just so I could look at it all the time. (No comments from the peanut gallery who is familiar with how my kitchen counter looks much of the time!) It is definitely worth the few seconds it takes to get on her emailing list, because it helps one to know when to begin the prowl, if you know what I mean. This yarn is so delicious! Knitting with it was dreamy. I have another color squirreled away, thank goodness!
And, speaking of compulsions, check out these bees, making late-summer rounds. They were so "loud" in the garden this past weekend.