It’s barely past July 4 and I already can’t wait for fall, not least because I want to think about new sweaters and cool, crisp evenings. I’m not cut out for summer, never have been. When I was small, I couldn’t wait to go back to school, and this year I’m sad because for the first time in well over a decade, I’m not going back (as a student). I am sending my older son to kindergarten, though (already! Sniff!) so I still have the uniform and supply lists to give me that nostalgic feeling that’s part thrill, part motion sickness. It smells a little like pencil erasers.
In an effort to get out of the house of a Saturday, I went yarn trailing near home, stopping at the Woolpack in Acton and just missing The World in Stitches in Littleton (she closes at 3:30 on Saturdays). Came home with no yarn, but got the fall issue of Knit Simple, which sucked me into the new Lorna’s Laces sock yarn, Solemate, and I decided I have to see this stuff. Not sure I believe the claims about thermostatic capabilities, but several members of my family have requested socks for Christmas, and I have Hunter Hammersen’s new book Silk Road Socks, and…well, you can see it’s a convergence issue.
I bought the yarn from Simplysockyarn.com, as Jimmy Beans was sold out of most of the colors already. Tsk. It’s my first time using SSY, and I love that they only show what they have available. I had this same problem at String Theory: you get a full array of yummy-looking yarns, but they’re all sold out, sold out, sold out. Of course, in order for SSY’s strategy to work, one has to actually have yarns in stock, but fortunately for me, they did. I ordered Solid Blackberry and Solid Cedar.
Other than that, I’m still going around and around on Via Diagonale, and I’m becoming heartily sick of it, but I only have a couple more inches to go. Then I can finish my second, neglected Maeva sock and move on to some other things. I also need to take care of some ends and send off my Sheldon and his blankie before my friend’s friend’s new baby goes to college! I’m so bad with that…
The Woolpack is having a game night on Monday, and since my husband is on vacation this week, I just might go. It’d be more fun if I had knitting friends. Maybe if I go, I’ll make some.