Late Summer Knitting

The heat here in Colorado has been unbelievable: we hit 100°F on Monday and it is still hot. My garden, however, is recovering in the lower light intensity and flowers are starting to bloom again. Feeling pretty good about things I’ve taken to knitting outside in the garden again in the cool of the mornings and late evening.

Knitting outside can be entertaining again. My sedum is blooming now and the garden where they are planted is abuzz with a steady parade of bees. This sedum is called “Autumn Joy Stonecrop” and I’m really impressed with the blooms. So are the bees, evidently!

Today while knitting and sipping my morning latte I got my latest pair of socks done.

Easiest knitting ever! I made these socks in a simple K3P1 ribbing that makes then fit well while providing mindless easy knitting in the evenings while listening to audiobooks. My project notes are here.

The yarn I used is from Western Sky Knits and I’m really becoming a fan of this smooth sock yarn. I still have enough yarn left over for some arm warmers. I think that I’ll put an interesting lace edge on then and use some Icord, but keep that simple ribbing.  Adventures in knitting, people!

Here’s the book that I’ve been listening to while knitting.

My latest audiobook has been wonderful! Seriously, I knit way too long into the night because I had to get to the next chapter to discover what would happen next. It’s a book about family, ghosts, dreams, invisible ties, and, of course, a tiger that isn’t all it appears to be. The audio is done by the author and that made things even better. I loved it.

My potted roses are all doing well after recovering from spider mite attacks early in the summer. This pink bloom makes me especially happy. I’m still debating whether I will plant these roses into the ground or bring them inside for the winter again. There’s lots of time, right?

I do love the colors of fall, but right now I’m really enjoying the bits of pink going on in my life. There is pink in my garden right now…

All of the flowers in pots on my deck have recovered and are putting out blooms. These, I think, are verbena.
I’m knitting with pink yarn using my favorite pink stitich marker.
And the sweater being knit in the pink (and cream) yarns is finally far enough along to get checked for size. A few more inches, don’t you think? Heavens, this sweater sure needs to be blocked, doesn’t it, but I’m really pleased that it looks like it will fit okay. This is Koivua by Caitin Hunter, and my project notes are  here.

Today is the last day of high heat for awhile; a front is pushing in and tomorrow will be much cooler. Okay, it will be hot, but not blazing hot. Hopefully there will also be some rain. There’s lots of time yet for roses, knitting in the garden, and days watching bees.

Oops. A flock of geese just flew over my house at the treetops, honking like crazy. It’s like they are laughing at me. No matter what is happening right now with the weather and in my garden, autumn is coming, and the first snow is on the way.

Woohoo! Knitting weather!

Have a good weekend, everyone.

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

15 thoughts on “Late Summer Knitting”

  1. Your socks are fantastic!! I love your sweater. It’s beautiful!
    Your garden looks fabulous! It’s already cooler here. It’s been in the 70’s which almost feels cold. Winter is coming!

    1. Winter is coming. I just realized this week that I need to get the furnace checked before the first storm arrives. I love the seasons, but they do seem to be coming more abruptly lately.

  2. I came across your blog by pure chance a while ago here in Adelaide. I am so pleased I did. I love your garden and knits. I am wondering how dear old Mackenzie is. Such a trick. Havent heard about his naughty ‘behaviour’ for a while.

    1. I’m so glad you found my blog! You must be getting ready for spring in Adelaide. 🙂 MacKenzie is very unhappy in this heat so I didn’t get many pictures of him this week but he has been helping me knit the sweater from time to time. He is also recovering from the vaccinations last week but I think that the soreness is about gone now. He is a stinker, but I love him enormously!

  3. Just looking at your garden and your handknit socks makes me happy! Thank you for sharing them. AND your stitch marker. I think that would be my favorite too! 🙂

    1. I got the bead for the stitch marker from a glass blower at a fiber festival. I wish so much I had gotten a couple more. It has a little gold in the glass.

      I think it is the light this time of year, but every time I step on the deck and see the flowers blooming again I feel just happy! Having yarn just puts me over the top. 🙂

      1. I’m going to sit outside and knit later today and think of you. You’re an excellent role model. 😉

    1. Thanks! I’ve been binge watching British detective shows while cranking out the sweater. 🙂 I had to take pictures of the flowers because I was so thrilled to see them bloom!! Yay, late summer! The hit day’s of July were really hard on the plants.

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