Gift Socks and Summer Knitting and Crocheting

 Yes, I knit and crochet even in hot weather. God bless Mr. Carrier for inventing air conditioning! 

I subscribed to a flower CSA back in February and decided I needed a bright and cheerful doily to put under the vase to keep water from dripping onto the cabinet where I display my flowers. I crocheted this one in about 90 minutes.

Here it is with a vase of flowers on it. Isn't that cute? This CSA, South Side Blooms, does gorgeous work. It's been worth every penny. I'll have to do a doily in fall colors, too, for later in the season.

I started knitting a shawl using some Swans Island yarn. It's still kind of a blob, so here's a photo of the yarn before I started. I love these coordinating colors.

Speaking of yarn, when Knit Picks had their big sale a few weeks ago, I bought enough linen-cotton blend yarn to make 2 Shakerag Tops. I am working on the red one first.

I also bought 3 skeins of the Golden Girls yarn from Teeny Buttons. From left to right, this is Sophia, Sicily 1922, and Thank You For Being a Friend. I don't know what I'm going to make with it yet, but it's gorgeous.

Finally, a dear friend made me a pair of beautiful socks. I can't wait until it's cool enough to wear them. I can't do wool socks in the summer. 

Luckily, fall is just around the corner, which means I need to figure out whether I'm going to knit any Christmas gifts. I do want to make something for my niece. I have the perfect pink and purple speckled yarn for a 4-year-old girl. Knitting for kids is a lot of fun, and I'm actually going to see her in a couple of weeks so I can get her measurements instead of guessing at her size. They grow up fast.

Hope you're enjoying your summer and staying healthy! Until next time....