Midsummer sock yarn adventures

Greetings dear blog friends! I have spent the last two weeks doing a combination of travelling and sitting on the couch nursing a cold (picked up while doing the travelling). The travelling was good. My sister and I followed a few days of visiting family in Edmonton (and also eating a lot of good food at a lot of yummy restaurants) with a few days in Vancouver for leisure time afterwards, and unsurprisingly I would have happily spent more time in Vancouver doing leisurely things. I mean, it looks like this:





I mean, I know there’s everyday cruddy boring parts of Vancouver too, and it isn’t (probably) a coastal rainforest paradise every single day of the year, but we came back to an Ontario summer heat wave and let’s face it given the choice I think I know which environment I’d call the more enjoyable one. Anyway, it was a neat trip and I rounded out a bit of knitting by finishing one pair of socks…

DSC_0297…and started another pair.

Hermosa Jaywalkers

Now suddenly it is August and I’m not entirely sure how we got to August, and yet here we are again. We still have a month of summer left and yet by the time we get here, all of a sudden it seems viable to start talking about fall things like sweater knitting and back-to-school supplies, and I swear I saw some Halloween candy on sale the other day.

Well, it is still summer as far as I am concerned, and just to prove it I am working away on as many projects as possible this week. I do have some fall design work to get done (gulp), but I also want to make some personal progress on some projects of my own since the only thing I ended up actually completing during the month of July was that pair of ribbed socks up there. It’s a nice pair of socks for sure, but I’d like to finish more things.

Since the first step towards finishing something is starting something (work with me here), I’m not just working away on the blanket and accessories I started last month, but last week in my congested haze I finally bagged up the small mountain of sock yarn leftovers I’ve been collecting for nearly a decade, and started in on something with them, too.


More on that one next time. 😉

Have a great Tuesday, knitter friends!


Pattern: Nice Ribbed Sock (free on Ravelry)
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight, ‘bleck’ colourway

Pattern: Jaywalker, by Grumperina (free Ravelry download)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in ‘hermosa’






  1. Can’t wait to see what your left over sock bits turn into!

  2. Oh! so beautiful! ❤ socks and the view ::sigh:: 😀

  3. Vancouver is such an amazing place. So glad you got to visit. I will look forward to seeing your yarn scrap project…

  4. Maddie Campisi · ·

    I’m really looking forward to your next post every time. When I open my mail & there’s “Knitting to Stay Sane” I’m so pleased. Knitting does really keep me sane. It is my little bit of happy amidst the day of tasks & chasing a 3 year old boy (and I’m 46). I have started knitting my first shawl & am feeling like I’m in totally new territory. 🙆 😃

  5. Linda A · ·

    “Since the first step towards finishing something is starting something (work with me here)”…
    More than happy to work with you Glenna … only it’s not work. It’s complete appreciative, delight. You’re the spark in my email in-box!
    When you recover, it would be great to hear about your trip! (As long as you don’t stray too far from the knitting. But you never do, so it’s not really a concern!). I like the way you add travel to your knitting.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  6. Nice Jaywalker….you’ve given me a good reason to cast-on a pair. Lovely colorway.

  7. Those Jaywalkers are gorgeous – your pictures always make me swoon over DPNs too…too bad I find them far too fiddly.

    Though I could give them another try…

  8. Nice socks!
    I hear you on the “how did August get here?” thing. My kids are school age so we’ve hit that awkward part of the summer where we aren’t sure what to do with ourselves for the next few weeks before school starts up and yet didn’t summer just start, like, yesterday?
    Vancouver looks lovely. I want to go there sometime…

  9. Serenova · ·

    Ooooh! I can’t wait to see what you do with all of your leftovers!

  10. I saw Halloween candy today too! Crazypants! Vancouver looks beautiful; I should really make more of an effort to get out towards the Pacific some time.

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