Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A foot away

Since Aine's vest was completed this week, I have been working on the birthday socks. It has been my only project, yet I am still a foot away from being done with them. I marked the heel today while we played at a friend's house. Amid flying popcorn and laughter, I was able to knit a few rows before we headed out to Aine's first soccer practice with a new league. While watching her play and the boys climb at the park, I texted my knitting guru about foot length. I am technically working on the foot of the sock although there is no heel yet. The recipient of these socks wears a smaller shoe size than mine, and I didn't have the web to consult. My kuru told me to go with 9.5" for the foot. So I still have another 6 inches on the foot of the socks before returning to the heel. I am fairly confident I will be done with these buggers by the end of the week, which means everything possible will probably go wrong and they will languish!

I have been listening to a new audiobook while knitting. It is the book recommended by Ginny at Small Things during one of the Yarn Alongs. It is entitled A Secret Gift and is very thought provoking. Our nation's current financial situation has caused many people to change their purchasing habits and reflect on savings and resourcefulness. This book discusses the Great Depression and true hardship. It is really fascinating to me. I am intrigued by the stories the tragedies and the successes.

My other book reading continues to be The Yarn Harlot. I finished her most recent book and am going back to her previous books. I find her humor quite funny. I think part of the allure is that she is a former LLLI leader and a mom.

So, what are you knitting and reading this week?

22 comments:

  1. I am sending you good sock knitting waves so that nothing will go wrong and you can be finished on time!
    I love the Yarn Harlot too and laugh out lot when I read her. I almost choked when I read her chapter called Stash, it is the funniest thing I have ever read!

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    1. Yippee I can now reply on blogger! Thanks, Tracey, for your knitting vibes.

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  2. I'm sure your sock will fit perfectly and look at you knitting in the outdoors! We will not have that for a while.

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  3. Wow socks, I am absolutely amazed. They look great. I know of the Yarn Harlot, but haven't read her books. Her tweets are pretty funny so I am sure her books are a blast.
    xo,
    Ang (peach coglo)

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    1. Socks are really easy once you know knit and purl. A good pattern will talk you through the heel. You can do it!

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  4. Socks are looking good. Sending you speedy mojo for the rest of the foot ;)

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  5. Great socks! Yes, feet will finish them off nicely... ;)

    Blessings, Debbie

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  6. Gorgeous colors, they are going to be beautiful.

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  7. ok, i am now convinced to start doing socks. in "all wound up" she is always knitting socks. plus the book more last minute knitted gifts has a sock pattern. now i just need to get the yarn. lol

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    1. They are a great traveling project, and they make feet happy!

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  8. Sending you good sock knitting vibes, Heather. :-)

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  9. Love the socks! great colours!

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  10. Oh such lovely blues! 2 at a time? How is that? I've wanted to try socks with that method because who can wear only 1 sock?

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    1. I prefer knitting two at a time, because I often suffer from second sock syndrome. It is also helps me because I don't need to take notes on how many rows each portion is (much easier on my mind)

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  11. I planned to make socks for Christmas stocking fillers but ending up making scarves and wristwarmers...I think I'm going to start making them bit by bit for next year in-between other projects...I still haven't quite got the hang on circular needles yet...I still use sets of four. Yours look so neat...and two at a time...I think I need some practise!

    Thats a great idea about the audio book...I get so frustrated at not being able to knit and read at the same time...the pages always get in the way...

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    1. I love audiobooks. I feel so productive reading and knitting. Circulars are not too bad. They just take a little practice at first.

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  12. the socks are so cool, I love stripes and the colors. I have never made socks but seeing everyone making them lately might push me over the edge...if I get stuck then can just become leg warmers right?

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    1. That's the right attitude!

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  13. oh I love those blue colors!;) the audiobook sounds so interesting, wonder if we have something similar in german language..
    JenMuna

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  14. I love stripe socks. They're looking great. I really need to look at the Yarn Harlot books. I hear such great things about them.

    Good luck with your socks!!

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  15. Love the stripey yarn! I don't think ANYTHING will go wrong now! Finished socks for the end of the week!

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  16. Those socks look lovely! Thanks for the encouragement re the benefits of all my 'finishing'. I knew there had to be a reason!

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