There’s not really much of a reason for not writing here for 6 months, except that it seems I’d rather read other people’s posts than create my own. However, there has been no shortage of crafting going on! At the moment, I’m on a sock kick. Which basically means that I have begun collecting sock yarn…
I’ve only actually completed one pair, gifted to Grandma for her birthday-
with some lovely self-patterning yarn and very basic pattern.
I’m halfway through a pair for myself with fancy hand-dyed red Malabrigo. They’re going to be knee socks and they’re taking forever, but one is complete and looks pretty fantastic.
And look at that kitty! She’s gotten so big, although she still seems small compared to most of the cats I’ve known. Her name is Leia, and she alternates between being adorably sweet and cuddly, and being a little terror. Which is as it should be.
The socks are Jane’s Hedgerow Socks, free pattern on Ravelry, and the stitch pattern is pretty easy to memorize and find your place in when you get distracted. For making them knee sock length, I just kept knitting until they were the proper length. I have skinny calves and the pattern is super stretchy, so it was not an issue. Folks with leg muscles will want to consider calf-increases to get a proper fit. I haven’t found sock making to be very complicated at all, definitely easier than gloves so far. The main issue for me has been the teeny-tiny yarn and needles, and the expense of the teeny tiny yarn. And the fact that I love Smart Wool socks and they cost much less and will probably last much longer.
I doubt I’m going to be a super regular and disciplined poster, but I want to encourage myself to post even when I don’t have amazingly brilliant or well-planned things to say. Maybe some photo posts, definitely planning to post some completed projects and awesome thrifted stuff from the past year. And I just bought enough yarn for knitting my first sweater. Yikes! So hopefully this will encourage me to actually create a sweater this year, instead of simply collecting yarn.