Done and Undone

I didn’t you guys the weirdest thing ever.  Mainly because it made me a bit salty but hey

So while I was knitting my beautiful blue cashmere socks of glory a few weeks ago a co-worker came up to me and asked me what I was doing.  She exclaimed that I was doing it all wrong.  I am, to the surprise of some, a ‘thrower’ and she moved her fingers to mimic ‘pickers’ repeating, more than once that my method was “primitive” I was, understandably, a bit undone by this.  After pausing to figure out a way to respond without being contentious I stated that there was no right way to knit and that I had done so professionally for over a decade–my knitting, primitive as it may be, was  comfortable to me, done for enjoyment, and the results were acceptable to others.

She then exclaimed about the ridiculousness of a book devoted solely to socks and not all types of knitting.

And then followed it up with it made no sense to be knitting socks because it was summertime.

At this point all I could think was:

I am like the freaking ant getting ready for winter.  A. Freaking. Ant.

In over 40 years of knitting I have never had anybody speak negatively of my knitting while in public.

Of course once I finished my socks I was weaving in the ends during my lunch and the same coworker came and said

Oh so fancy.  This takes a lot of concentration and skill.  I am sure you cannot watch tv and do something like this.  … If you ever want to get me a gift I would love a pair of socks.

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Okay so salt inducing incident aside I finished those socks, and knit a pair for the husband, and started a third pair.  The yarn for new pair is really old.  I think it was from my secret pal in ’05 aka SP6 but I cannot find those posts.  It was a difficult year… my fathers year long battle with cancer, his death, my marriage falling apart  yada yada.  I wasn’t very pleasant during that period.  Anyway pictures:

Finished husband socks and new socks in progress

My husband is quite pleased with his socks and has deemed them beautiful.  The picture from last post, of the cuffs, is more color accurate in my opinion but it is basically a marled yarn.  One strand is black, another tan, and then a brick red.  Well more than one strand of each color but that is the basic mix.  As stated last time I think it will look great with his entire wardrobe.  His shoe wardrobe at least.  He wears cordovan, black and then tannish colored climbing shoes.  The yarn has lost the tag over the years but I clearly recall buying the yarn for him about 8 or 9 years ago thinking they looked manly.  I recall being overjoyed at finding the Opal and Socka yarns since all the sock knitters blogging at the time were mad for them and they were not carried by my preferred local shops. Now I prefer solid or semi solid yarns but I am still entranced by the self striping every once in while.

The new pair of socks is also a marled yarn with black and navy being the predominate colors.  They also lost their tags but this one came in the tubes like blauband or wildfoot. There is some subtle striping going on as well.  I am not sure why I put socks in sunny places for photos.  They look way overexposed but then our spring storms were pretty dreadful this year and I guess I just wanted a bright spot when I had it!

His socks all alone:

For the Flame

Interestingly enough he is becoming a sock snob.  He stated that he thinks one toe is maybe a 1/4 too long –you know for the shorter foot–but he wasn’t quite sure.  This from a man who managed to live 50-some- years wearing store boughten socks.  Tis okay.  I like spoiling him when I can 🙂

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

Hurray

 

Socks

 

My computer is fixed and at home–hurray!

As mentioned last time I finished a pair of socks for myself.  Nancy Bush’s Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from her Knitting Vintage Socks book.  The yarn is Juliespins MCN 355 in Erin’s Summer Blues.  I had knit these exact same socks in same yarn and color way back in Jan of 2010  The socks were lost to the ages–either given away or a hole developing although I don’t recall discarding them so most likely given away–and I missed them terribly every time I went through my projects on Ravelry.  I was able to acquire a hank of the coveted color way a while ago through a stash sale and am pleased as punch I once again own these socks.

Something I hadn’t noticed the first time I knit them, that I recall, is how pleasant the wrong side of pattern is.  Although I doubt I would ever wear them inside out I believe my weaving in of ends is nice enough to do so and if you decide to pick up this pattern  you might want to take care in finishing.  Here is a washed out picture of the sock pattern both right and wrong side:

Child’s First Socks Inside and Outside of Shell pattern

My mother and I had a nice visit.  I hadn’t seen her in almost 2 years since my sisters are all over the place.  My youngest sister lives in the UK near the Scottish border and has 3 children.  My mom has traveled there for each birth since my sis was in medical school then interning and taking care of children while on rotation is impossible as I am sure you can imagine.  My youngest sister is significantly younger than I.  I recall getting off the bus when in high school to pick her up from sitters and watch her while my mom worked on her college degree.  I believe Anna is 16 years younger than I am although that depends on which month of the year you are looking at… it is what is stuck in my head.  Just like my husband is 10 years older than I … one week out of every year 🙂

In the photo above you can see that the next pair of socks actually look pretty with the last and I am only halfway done with the pair.  I hesitated to knit this yarn for the longest thinking why did I buy it?  So ugly.  Well the marl is knitting up gloriously:

Marled socks

I believe my husband will like these since he wears quite a bit of tan and black pants.  One of his dress shoes are Cordovan and I think this will look particularly good with them.  When I finish these I will still be 2 pairs behind in my goal for him.  I will need two as well to make goal but Tyler is ahead of the game with 3 out of 4 pairs gifted.

I cast on the second sock last night and have finished the 30 rows of rib so am onto the relatively quick stocking stitch.

I am following the numbers from Nancy Bush’s Classic Sock in her Folk Socks book.  My poor copy is falling apart. I purchased it over 20 years ago so I may break down and pick up the new ‘updated’ version.

Nancy Bush is a Sock Knitting Treasure.

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

 


YOP #6 Week 1

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The first week of YOP traditionally consists of your list.  The list, as best as I can understand it, is mutable {yay!} and can be either project based or yarn based or skill based or combination of any of those things.  I love that I am not going to feel like a total failure for not checking off x, y, & z. Apparently the only real guideline is to post on Sundays with your update on your list.  I think I can do that.  Although, tbh, we are in the midst of a  rainy weekend and I almost put this off for fear of lightening striking.  That might sound odd but many, many years ago, when Nece was young, we had a thunderstorm and all the lights blew out.  When they came on the modem or what not had fried which required my electrical & computer engineering husband a week or so to fix.  We didn’t discover the modem fried bit until after the phone lines were fixed hence the weeks.  Surge protectors didn’t save us… not sure all I know is I was without internet for weeks.

Enough of my digressions-onto the lists

I decided to tackle the little bags of yarn I had gathered to combat my knitters ADD and the yarn on my desktop.  The yarn on my desktop is a particular tsk tsk since I am using a child sized desk that fits in my bedroom instead of my grownup desk that is being used by my child.  humph.  Oh so it is small and barely enough room for my computer and keyboard therefore the piles of yarn really bother me.  Every few months I do a clearing of the desk exercise but the piles still tend to stay.  They sometimes shrink but stay.

On the Desk:

  • kypria
  • hedgehog fibres fingering in merino, bamboo & silk @350 meters per Etsy listing
  • the yarn for Angharad
  • Lamoramere-gift from Angela on my birthday eep 12 yrs ago.
  • yarn for 2 tams <missing a few colors here or there.  Purchasing piecemeal due to job hours being cut.
  • 400 yds of cashmere-gift from Stitching girl Toni years and years ago
  • and sock yarn remnants.  Some of these remnants are practically full balls for example the orange Eidos I used for stripes on my gentleman’s railway socks

7 Skeins Club bag:

  • 7 skeins which includes the Kokkeluri mittens WIP
  • Ulla’s Gloves kit purchased from Woolly West when Knitting from Estonia book published
  • another mitten kit where I lost some of the little balls when moving away from house I lived in with ex.  Boo.

Trader Joes bag:

  • Rowan lace yarn for Cameo
  • Sharon Miller Hap shawl kit
  • Silk Lace yarn
  • Louet mohair lace weight
  • J& S 1-ply -a lone ball that did not make it into the main bulk of lace bag which represents the entire 20 ball stash of the stuff 😉
  • Squoosh MCN sock yarn in dewberry
  • Starry Starry night sock kit
  • and 3 hanks of the discontinued Madelaine yarn from K1C2

The big reusable grocery bag with orange on it:

  • lots and lots of what I consider commercial sock yarns–a quick look see yielded 34 pairs worth at least

Obviously I cannot knit all of this stuff up in a year.  I may have been slightly more ambitious when stuffing yarn into bags a month or two ago because I was moved to part time. Plus the main goal was to combine smaller project worth of yarn into bags while cleaning up various piles.  Next week my hours are upped a bit YaY. After that I do not know.  I took advantage of the list mutability to narrow down particular project type goals:

1} Sweater for me.  Top choice first:

  • Strokkur–already knit twice and had to frog
  • Black mohair sweater-WW mohair =fast knit
  • Sock yarn sweater-will take freaking forever
  • or a vest  🙂

2} Socks:

for the year complete 4 pairs of socks for all household sock wearers.  Longtime blog readers know I do not consider myself a sock knitter so this is a big stretch made easier by the fact that I have completed a pair for myself and Tyler.   Easier still Nece doesn’t wear socks.  Break down is

  • 4 socks for husband
  • 3 socks for Tyler
  • 3 socks for me

Yes I am counting last months socks as part of the YOP goal to have 4 new pairs per person.  Sue me.

My Tams.  Please I need the preciousness.

The masses and masses of lace weight yarn implies I will do a shawl.

Buy yarn for Reef so Tyler can be super happy.  Maybe even start it.

I feel like I am being very ambitious given how little I have knit in past 5 yrs, and the job, but nowhere near as productive as I was in my heyday when knitting was my job. I also feel that there is enough flexibility that I won’t want to stab my eyes out with a dpn.  Not sure how to end this post.  It is, after all, where I think I want to go throughout the next year.  Not much else to say about it other than the usual

yarny days and knitterly evenings