knitting en plein air

I was all set to show you some new fall knitting projects but with temps in the high eighties and the humidity going through the roof, it looks like those will have to wait. Not complaining too much because with beautiful views like these, it's hard to stay mad at summer for hanging around a little longer.

I love watching the slow transition from summer to autumn that happens here on the island, the little glimpses of gold and red among the still bright green leaves and the blue skies looking over it all.

So on days like these, the best thing to do is to find a quiet comfy spot in the shade, preferably with a small knitting project or two, and just breathe it all in. And the two projects keeping me company today?

The first is a fun stripey pair of Simple Skyp Socks that I was inspired to cast on for after reading this post on the lovely Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons blog. It was a call to help her friend Tracey in collecting much needed socks for homeless shelters in the Washington DC area. More info can be found here if you are interested in helping. Despite averaging a pair of socks every three years, I am determined to whip these out in less than a month. Some of you might be wondering if it wouldn't be easier to just buy a pack of socks to donate? Yes, it would be easier and I do intend to supplement my handknit socks with packs of men, women and kids sized store bought ones. But the merits of wool socks was recently made clear to me after reading this post. (And now my toes and feet are suffering from a bad case of FOMO** I might turn into a regular sock knitter after all!)

The second little project on the needles is the first of a pair of fake thrummed fingerless mitts. I wish that you could feel how soft this roving yarn is!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

**fear of missing out


  1. Beautiful view! And I am in love with these cute red hearts on your mitts! So adorable!

  2. Thank you for the mention. Tracey of Clover really sparked it all :O). I like your socks. The texture goes wonderfully with the striping yarn. And thank you hon for all of your lovely comments.

    1. My goodness, I must have been half asleep when I posted this! Forgot to put a link to Tracey's original post and blog. Thanks for pointing it out :)

  3. Thank you so much and I love the socks.
    Yes, I agree, it would be easier to just buy some socks and for those that can't knit I say please do, but I wanted to give a little something extra special as the holiday's begin. Most of us are so blessed and there are those out in the world who have NOTHING!. Makes me cry just thinking about it. I think we all do what we can and life is good.
    Much love.

  4. Anonymous9/10/2015

    I love hand knit socks in the wearing, but not the making anymore!! I just need to buy a sock machine. Or find some cobbler's elves who can be persuaded to knit socks. Love the colors all.

  5. I love your photos of your knitting out in the wild. I love both projects the patterns and the colorways.

  6. I just sent Tracey some socks too!!! Great project. I cheated and sent some hand knits already knit before we headed out of country I should have stuck some sock yarn in the suitcase. One shawl down and only one to go and we have 12 more days!!!! Eep.

  7. Relaxed outdoor knitting certainly is a big advantage of summer, so you might as well enjoy it while it lasts :) Looking forward to seeing you autumn projects!

  8. thats such a great thought to send wooly socks for the homeless, not only the thought thats gone into it, but the fact they ought to last much longer and insulate properly (it was really fascinating to read that wool vs cotton socks argument!) jenny xx


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