I've been in a green mood lately. Maybe it's because it's August, and the hills around here are toasted to a golden-brown crisp. It's hot, I'm parched -- the color green is so refreshing. I made this Italian bread salad with parsley pesto the other night, and it hit the spot -- the fresh farmer's market parsley looked, tasted, and smelled intensely, refreshingly green.
Naturally, I've got something green on the needles, too. It looks like a pretty boring sock -- plain-Jane stockinette -- but I must tell you, every stitch is a sinful pleasure.
The sock is cashmere. Pure, dreamy cashmere. The styling may be spartan (that reminds me -- 300 is out on DVD...mmm, Gerard Butler...) but wearing them will feel utterly decadent. The little weirdo bump on the toe is not a mistake, by the way -- that's the start of my figure-eight cast on. When I'm done with the sock, I'll go back and undo the slipknot to adjust the tension of the cast-on stitches -- making the toe look like completely seamless stockinette. I can see why it's also referred to as the "magic" cast-on.
So yes, I'm knitting cashmere socks. Yes, in August. It's all part of my master plan: I'm going to try to work on holiday gifts long before the holidays. This way, I will not find myself, at the beginning of December, rich in yarn but poor in time. This year, I will be prepared. I've also got the new sewing machine (it arrived Thursday!) so I'll be sewing some gifts, as well. And theoretically, sewing is quicker than knitting, right?
Right. I've got some handspun, most of a sock, and very good intentions. This plan is
doomed to fail totally going to work this year.