My new socks are coming along nicely but it’s a good thing I know there will be some teal later on because that grey on the top, not my cup of tea at all. I was actually a bit embarrassed to take it out in public today, I don’t want anyone to think was working on such a dull knitting, that I would choose such a color. Well, the socks aren’t for me and I know that in just a few rows there will be a lovely teal coming and it looks so pretty against the grey. The answer is, as always, to knit more.
This has been a very weird week weatherwise. On Tuesday we woke up to a snowy world and today I met these beauties in flower bed. Two days ago they were not as big as they are now, they have really exploded.
Socks are flying over here. Socks are super quick and the perfect project. Stripey socks, heavy socks, light socks,business casual socks. Yesterday I started another pair while the asparagus and tooth paste socks will have to wait. I have plans for socks for friends and co-workers, people who help me a lot right now without even knowing it, they deserve socks.
These stripey ones are pretty but I did an afterthought heel in order to keep the stripes and an afterthought heel doesn’t really work for me. I’m not sure why but they just don’t fit very well. I need to find another type of heel but I’m not really sure where to start looking. Interesting problem, it’s going to be fun solving it.
Pattern: my own, I cast on 48 stitches and knit just as far as a student theater performance took me, and then knit for the foot till about an inch and a half less than my foot and then I did an afterthought heel. Yarn: Aurora from Viking of Norway, color 675. It pleases me to no end that they look alike.
I’m sure this happens to you too. You know, when you have an encounter and you immediately know you need to cast on something. This happened to me today. I had an encounter and the words chocolate and birthday were thrown around and I just knew I had to knit something and since socks are the word of the season, socks it is. I went to the yarn store and I picked up a sock yarn that I’m sure this person will like and I also picked up new needles since I wanted to cast on right there and then. I obviously have needles but I got new ones so that I didn’t have to frog my tooth paste sock in order to free up needles. I really like these new red needles. So yes, more sock knitting.
Huh, I was knitting away (socks obviously) and started wondering about my knitting. Something about it made me think of my childhood and gave me a minty taste in my mouth. Then I realized, the color changes make it look like tooth paste! It’s the exact right red and blue for tooth paste. I’ll take that as a sign and go to bed immediately. Have a good night!
My sock realization seems to have been an accurate one. Socks work and I’m sticking with it. Yesterday I forgot my knitting and I actually went back home to get it. It was the right decision, I couldn’t handle yesterday without a knitting. Yesterday I also told some non-knitters about this and they laughed at me. I don’t mind that, I know I can be a little crazy when it comes to knitting but I also know what works for me and that’s what I need to focus on. This led to more discussions about knitting: the yarn, the fiber, the needles, the projects, colors and blocking. It was nice to talk about it, they didn’t seem to judge me, and I know I have strong opinions about all those things (when it comes to me, others can do whatever rocks their boat, just don’t give me a moth eaten acrylic sweater on straight 2,5 mm needles that you want me to “fix” (yes, that has happened)) which usually seem to make non-knitters laugh a lot (I guess a strong and expressed preference for wooden circular needles in pretty colors with an interchangeable cable might be considered a little weird if you haven’t knit a stitch since needlework in middle school). The world of knitting is bigger than can be perceived at a first glance, that’s all I’m saying.
After the discussion, which made me realize how much I miss knitting, I felt a little wistful and little bit like a fraud. May I even have these strong opinions right now? I barely knit. So far this year I’ve knit a shawl, a baby sweater and three pairs of socks and of all of those, only the socks have had the ends vowen in and only two pairs of socks have been blocked. In my life and from my perspective, this isn’t a lot (I know, this might be huge for someone else and that’s fine, we have to see it from our own, different, perspectives and not compare ourselves to others). Last year I knit twice as much during the month of March than I’ve made so far in 2017 (granted March was a particularly good year last year). I know this is how it is and must be this spring but it still feels weird, a little bit like I’m losing a part of my identity.
The solution is obviously to knit more but since I don’t have that time I will continue to knit on my socks. I’m a sock knitter till June and that’s fine. I’m still a knitter and I’m allowed to call myself a knitter and I won’t let anyone tell me differently (not that I can imagine that anyone would but, you know). Socks are amazing and just knitting one is a wonder in itself (literally, I am amazed very time a turn a heel and it works, I wonder about the first person who did it, how did s/he figure it out?) and I could always do with some more socks. Dealing with all the other things – weaving in ends, blocking, pictures, sorting out the stash and the needle collection, find my notions bag and so on – will be a question for June.
I’ve been gone forever and I’m so sorry about that. But I’ve had some busy days. I had a huge exam on Friday and almost no time to study and next week I’m supposed to hand in half of my BA thesis for a review so I’m also busy with that. The exam went okay, I think, so I’m glad to have that behind me.
I’ve also managed to realize what works for me knitwise this semester: socks! Who would have thought, it being spring and all. I’ve tried shawls and garments but it’s no good. I don’t have time nor energy to follow a chart or count, I don’t have time to block (which is really silly since some things go by really quickly) and I carry so many books all the time (yes, I feel a lot like Hermione) that a big project bag is out of the question. The answer, it turns out, is socks. They are small enough to fit in my purse together with the books and they go by quickly enough to make me feel like I’m making progress. They don’t require much thinking, the rounds are short, I don’t have to count much, self-striping yarn is interesting and so is the Business casual pattern, and I can easily fix mistakes since I know the pattern. I can bring them everywhere, to the movies, to the bar, to the gym, to work, to class, without worrying about not being able to knit should I get a chance. The only thing I need to pay attention to is wether I’m about to finish or not. So, from now on and till June, socks are my go-to project!
My newest knitting looks like straight from the 70’s. It’s not. It’s a simple sock and I cast it on about an hour ago. It looks like it will be a quick knit since I already have problems putting it down due to curiosity over the next color. There is teal coming up!
It has come to my knowledge that not only is there a sock yarn sale at my local yarn store but they have also gotten new colors in Malabrigo sock and Rios. You understand what this means, right? I obviously need to go to the yarn store. I discussed this with Jenny earlier today. I mean, I do have some yarn already and more, I don’t have time to knit. But as Jenny pointed out, I don’t have any yarn there, there being work since that’s where we were. That’s true, all the yarn I had there were three black yarn balls and sure, they might look like the starry sky but they are still black.
Also, I deserve a treat for all the things I’ve been doing lately, proof reading a thesis, teaching a friend how to drive, helping people and all the while studying full time. Yes, I deserve some nice yarn. Now I only need to find time to go get it.
It looks like Agnieszka has a type when it comes to lace knitting. She likes heavy yarn and simple lace with a rustic look. She even have a preference when it comes to decreases and even more so, I know about it from previous projects. Today wee are celebrating 16 years of friendship – that’s half my life – and I like that I am the knitting “providah”. I know all the important things that one should know after 16 years together and after about ten years of being that knitting provider.
I have cast on my black sparkly project and am now knitting rustic lace in heavy yarn, a very suitable activity for a 16th anniversary. She might be the only person for whom I would ever knit in black and she was kind enough to pick heavy yarn and sparkly features, she takes care of me and I take care of her. Because I know her, I’m changed for good and it actually looks like this project might not take until May after all.