Nothing gets knitted here these days except socks. Mindless and portable, the perfect project for the hot and humid weather. What about you? What're the projects you've planned for hot days?
The pair of tiger socks are completed very much in advance as a Christmas present for my husband's 6-year old nephew. More socks to come, all the kids will be getting them for Christmas this year. I know, they all want toys but this auntie is only interested in knitting socks right now. Maybe, I'll sew some softies, if I figure out how to, that is.
Talking about tigers, I was going through Ji Yuan's school file this morning and read that the school will be visited by the author of Tang the Tiger Cub, a book published in support of the Save China's Tiger Foundation. Check it out for those interested.
The first Embossed Leaves Sock is done too. This pattern and yarn combination is growing on me. I like the variegated leaves more and more. And placed here next to the tiger socks for a comparison, you'll see that although I have the fatty calves, I don't have very big feet.
The variety of dpns for sock knitting here is sadly constrained to Clover, which comes in sets of 5s and another Japanese brand which comes in sets of 4s. There are occasionally some old stock of Inox spotted in some stores and those are just about all. Thanks to the convenience of online ordering, in a spurt of the moment, I googled and clicked on to a Scottish website that sells ebony and rosewood dpns at reasonable prices and eagerly made my order. The delivery is very prompt and look what I received. The site is not very informative (no picture of the product) and I thought I was ordering something artisan that originated from Scotland. The needles are actually Susanne's which are manufactured in Germany. The quality of the wood looks really good. However, I've mistakenly ordered the very short ones, thinking that they would be just right for socks. The lengths of the needles were given on the website, I just didn't think when I ordered. They turn out to be glove needles which I didn't even know existed. The bamboo ones in the photo on the right are the Clover that I'm currently using which are 15 cm long.
Maybe I should start thinking about knitting gloves too on top of socks? Hong Kong weather doesn't really require such woolen accessories. Socks, I can wear around the house which is not heated and to bed to keep my fee warm. However, will my husband start to question my sanity when I start to wear woolen gloves to bed too?