The summer kept me busy either sitting at horse shows (and lessons) or tagging along to Elliot's concerts. Not much gardening was done this summer (it was the summer of "I will plant you and then you are on your own"), nor food preservation (Oh, that was a hard one to give up for me but there's always next year and in the meantime grocery stores do exist. We won't starve.) But what did get done this summer was spending a whole lot of days with my growing children (really, at 14 and 17 they're not children any more) and while waiting at those concerts and lessons and competitions I was, you guessed it, knitting. (I've got more details for all of these over on my Ravelry page if that sort of thing interests you.)
There were three shawls: Drachenfels, in a merino-cashmere blend that is so soft I dare say I'm looking forward to the cooler weather just so I can wrap myself up in this goodness.
Striated in linen-silk, just perfect for cool summer evenings.
And Kyna, a celtic knot shawl in a soft merino-alpaca
I'm currently on a mission to use up all those part-balls of yarn I've got hanging around here and these gauntlets were the first of the Leftover Yarn Projects.
Two pairs of socks (crossing some things off the Christmas list in June is rather satisfying indeed).
An Abernathy sweater for my nephew's first birthday.
Another birthday gift – this one for my dad, the biggest Kitchener Rangers fan I know (modelled here by Elliot). I'm hoping it will keep him toasty every Friday night as he watches the game from his season pass seat at The Aud. Go Rangers!
And one more hat, this one for the Habs fan in our house. With a pompom. Because apparently that's what 17 year olds want on a hat knit by their mom.
Of course, this was in my head the entire time I was knitting it. Every Canadian kid grows up watching this short in elementary school and every Canadian knows the tune by heart. I'm giving away my age here, but when the song plays in my head I can hear the clickity-click of the reel to reel projector as it plays the movie from the back of the classroom.