I have actual knitted items to show today. Amazing, I know. I finished the first Gumdrop sock from this month's Socks that Rock sock club installment. I wasn't crazy about the earlier offerings, but I'm happy with this one. The colors were interesting and the pattern was fun to knit. Here's a close-up of the toe:
And another shot. It's hard to take good sock pictures when the socks are on your own feet. The patterns calls for a garter stitch short-row toe and heel, because they are reversible, allowing the sock to be worn with its inside facing out as well. I didn't think I'd ever care to wear these the other way around, so I stuck with a stockinette short-row heel and a regular toe.
I also finished the second sleeve to the Gathered Pullover, and got the whole thing blocked in preparation for sewing it together:
It blocked out very nicely. I didn't have to pull or stretch any part of it. I just laid it down and smoothed it out. I can't wait to see how this fits and looks with the modifications that I made. (Added some length and made it more A-lined.) The yarn (Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed) was wonderful to knit with and softened up considerably after its wash. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get this sewn up and the neckline knit before next week, but if I do, I'll post the pictures.
I started the little socklet for my MIL. The Regia Silk is luxurious to knit with! It's so soft. I have some in different colors down in my stash, so I may have to knit some socks with this for myself.
In the meantime, summer's winding down. The weather here is exceptionally cool, which kills the idea of going to the pool. Mr. T took Sr. Jr. in to work with him today, so SJ could "work" in the copy/mail room. Mr. T will pay him $4 an hour. I think this is hysterical. I can't wait to hear how it goes. They both rode downtown on their bikes, too. I told Mr. T that he should worry when the mail room guys start snickering behind his back when they see him after today.
We had one visit to the middle school last week, and there's an open house coming up on Thursday at both schools. Jr. Jr. is haunting the mailbox waiting for his teacher assignment to arrive. All school supplies have been purchased, desks are being cleaned off, and children are slowly getting acclimated to waking up earlier. They're both excited, and so am I.