That last pic there was what I saw on the way to the laundry room out in the shop the other evening. As soon a new load was tossed in I went back to the house for the camera. Not so clear, but you get the idea.
These socks are for a new friend's birthday, and they're all about what's happening directly around us right here right now. The larch have turned and will soon be carpeting the ground below in their yellow needles. The deciduous trees have held out remarkably long this year but are now dropping quickly in the past few days, too.
They are knit from Schoeller Stahl Fortissima Colori Socka Color (say that 5 times fast) #2425. I loved this colorway but kept passing it by and then finally snatched up a couple of balls of it a couple years ago at a discounted price when it was discontinued. The heels and toes are a solid olive colored Patons Kroy sock yarn held double and only one 50 gram ball of the main yarn was used, which means there's enough for another pair! Maybe next fall or the next, when the larch are turning again.
The sock blockers are a birthday present from some dear friends who have started making these and selling them locally, on etsy, and at their daughter Shannon's (and Emily's) shop, Twisted, in Portland, OR where they're reportedly flying out the door faster than they can keep them stocked. They're beautifully made and are pretty in their own right even when there isn't a pair of socks on them, which is rare. Thank you, Jay and Alma! Here they are hung by the woodstove waiting for their next clean pair of socks:
Yes, it was finally time to break down and remove the pussy willows, wee birdies, and such that have been up there since early spring, change out the spring fairy for the fall one, and sew some leaves together, inspired by this, this, and a couple of other similars seen around Flickr lately.