I usually don't like knitting socks. The problem is that I really like wearing handknit socks. I feel like it is an arduous process. The needles are so small, and I have such big feet. This year I wanted to reduce my sock yarn stash, so I have made quite a few shawls and a couple pairs of socks. A few weeks ago while still traveling, I finished the socks on my needles. They had languished a long time, so I wasn't quick to replace them. Instead I started making holiday gifts for my kiddos.
I missed socks though. So I cast-on for another pair of socks. Socks are just so portable. The colors can be fun and the patterns intricate. I tend to knit two at a time, because I know my weaknesses. I like to be finished when I cast off. My new sock project is Riff from Knitty using the leftover blue yarn from my MKAL shawl. I am loving the pattern and yarn so far. The heel increases are approaching and I think I may just be turning into a sock knitter. Or at least one who doesn't take six months to finish a pair. Ahem.
For reading, I am listening to The Marriage Plot. It took a little bit to appreciate, because it is the same narrator as a series of children's audiobooks we have listened to. It was a bit distracting for me. I am over that now and trying to get into the story. It centers around a young woman and man and the separate yet interconnected lives they live and the loves they have. Dave read Big Susan
to the kiddos a few nights ago, and they enjoyed it. Not sure what is next for bedtime reading, but it will probably be either Starry River of the Sky
or Comet in Moominland. Both of those are from our Read Loud book group with Annie of Bird and little Bird. Looks like a trip to the library is in order!
Do you have a special project you take with you that is small and portable? Read any good books lately. I know I will have loads of recommendations from everyone at Ginny's Yarn Along.