What a flurry of productivity this group knitalong unleashed in me: 10 Projects done in less than one month! I am all astonishment, as some Jane Austen character said. (Mr. Bennet?) And it’s not like fall weather had my fingers itching to knit – September saw the arrival of the only summer weather we’ve had all year: a stunning, sunny, hot month.
Single Skein September was invented at the Stash and Burn podcast (the very best knitting talk to be had) with the idea of focusing on using up those odd balls that we buy because they’re pretty or on sale or we’re wooed by the texture.
I let things take their own paths and found myself surprised along the way. I had set 4 projects up in my mind (and on the discussion board). Of those I knit…one: the hat for Tias. Instead of the modest Christmas gifts and a nice scarf for myself that I thought I might tackle, I took a complete detour towards a festival of hats and charity projects.
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— 7 hats in total, 4 hats for charity. For those of you looking for a Canadian collection point, I’ve finally found one. I think it’s a bit silly to spend the extra money to ship something to the States so that it can be shipped overseas when the money could be spent on more yarn for charity. The Warm Hands Network collects for 2 locations: Northern Labrador in Canada and Mongolia.
— 2 pairs of socks! Two! In a month!
— A tea pot cozy and mug cozy. So silly and happy-making.
I’m not saying I won’t suddenly start and finish something in the next few days while we’re still in September, but as my in-laws are here and staying in the room with all the yarn, the likelihood that I’ll whip out something is very low. Right now I’ve got another pair of socks for Rainer on the go. I’ve turned the heel on the first. Nice, plain, 2×2 ribbed socks ideal for working on while visitors are here.
Speaking of sock knitting, Socktoberfest begins soon! Have you made plans? I have just one main goal for Socktoberfest this time round. In a mash-up of Socktoberfest and Project Spectrum, and in a slaking of a long-term thirst for kneesocks, I’m going to knit some blue knee-socks.