Knit Socks in Summer So Your Feet Are Warm in Winter

If only I heeded this advice every year... Unfortunately, most years I don't think to knit socks until there's that unmistakable chill in the air and it's already too late. This year, however, I managed to knock out a pair of cashmere-blend socks for myself before the first really warm day of summer.

The yarn is from Knit Circus. I love their gradient-dyed and self-striping yarns. They come up with such beautiful color ways.

My nephew's mom had her baby earlier today. Isn't she a lucky little girl to be born on the summer solstice? I decided about a week ago that I needed to make her a second blanket, one that's lighter weight for the warm weather. I'm using the circle shawl pattern from Elizabeth Zimmerman's The Knitter's Almanac. I love that old book and have made dozens of projects from it over the years. I'm using some Knit Picks sock yarn I had in the stash.

Aren't those colors cheerful? I like to make baby things in nonstandard colors. Those baby pastels are so stale and overused, IMHO. I know it looks lumpy now, but when it is blocked out into a big circle, it will be gorgeous. Obviously, I didn't finish it in time for her birth, but I'm confident I can get it to her before she turns 1 month old. Anyway, they can use it as a blanket now, and the girl can wear it as a shawl or scarf when she's older. I guarantee no other girl will have anything like it.