The Sock Story

The answer to today’s Daily Prompt about what you prefer in a handmade version seems abundantly obvious to me: I love my hand knit socks. I know the efficiency level of knitting a pair of socks vs. buying a pair of socks doesn’t even compare. The cost of the sock yarn alone will buy you several pair of decent socks. The thing is, there is just something comforting about slipping on a pair of hand knit socks.

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My sock drawer

I live in my socks all winter, most of the spring and fall, and more than a few days in the summer.

I may have purchased special footwear so you can see my fancy socks:

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And struggle with what footwear to wear:

 

 

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Because my feet are usually cold, I may be wearing them right now with a pair of capris.

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It’s a special look that will likely hopefully not catch on.

Until you’ve worn hand knit socks, you don’t know what you’re missing. And until you’ve knit a pair of socks, you don’t know how much time effort can go into keeping your feet warm…an effort that is well worth it.

Sometimes It’s More Fun to Wonder

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge; the prompt was “Relic”. I had passed the abandoned vessel earlier in the week and wondered at its origin. I imagined dramatic stories of storms or mechanical breakdowns; of daring rescues and bold heroes. (I have quite an active imagination…)

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“Relic”

And then last week, what should appear in my Facebook feed but a link to a news story about this very vessel. I anxiously opened the page, eager to learn how this vessel came to rest amid the small fishing boats.  Alas, my imagination was much more dramatic than real life, as it usually is.  The real story: rules, regulations, and not getting enough information before venturing into a project. For the people involved, it’s likely just as much drama.  Me, I think I might have preferred not knowing…

Pottery Class

This spring I took a pottery class with my mother and sister. While I knit, I’ve never really considered myself crafty or artistic.  Quite the opposite in fact. I thought it would be fun to learn a bit about pottery and a good chance to spend time together.  My sole goal: have my mug not leak.

As it happened, I really enjoyed the class. I don’t think it’s a skill I naturally possess, but it’s fun to see things that I created. I like to think of my style as “authentically rustic”. The lines aren’t even or smooth; my bowls are a bit more oval than round; but I’m very psyched that I made them myself. 🙂

Year Long Afghan Knit-a-Long

Back in May I saw a link to a year long afghan knit-a-long. The pattern for a new square is released each month and at the end of a year you have 12 different squares to create an afghan. I like the idea of knitting a square each month; it seemed much less overwhelming than starting an entire afghan.

Today I finished the first square:

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June square.

The square hi-lights texture and focussed on reading charts. Once I was back into chart reading, it went relatively easily; what I struggled with was the seed stitch border (go figure).

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Oops!

The pattern for the July square comes out this weekend.  I’m excited to get started!

 

Blog Hoppin’

I was nominated by Knit out loud to participate in a blog hop about the creative process.  I’ve never really considered myself “creative” per se but I guess my obsession with knitting does qualify as “creative”.  So, here it goes:

 

1. What am I working on?

More projects than I should have on the go at once!  Since I’m travelling for work this week I brought with me a plain sock (for meeting knitting); my two at a time socks (in case I have some free time; very unlikely but I can dream); and a dishcloth that always travels in my purse (not the same dishcloth; that would be weird).

 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Coffee stains from my not-as-empty-as-I-thought travel mug?  Seriously, I’m always amazed at how different people can knit the same pattern and have it turn out so differently. I tend to be a bit less adventurous in what I make.

 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Most of what I knit is given as gifts and is usually knit with the recipient in mind. I don’t consider myself a yarn snob, but my preference for wool over acrylic comes from years of hearing my grandparents and parents say that wool is the warmest fabric.  That being said, I’m a big fan of super wash wool because I realize that hand washing kids’ mittens is not likely to occur within my family.

 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I don’t really think I have a creative process…but  I tend to stick to practical, usable things (socks, hats, dishcloths). Sometimes I’ll get the urge to try something a bit different or more challenging (lace, two socks on one circular).  I knit a lot while I’m doing something else, so I generally like a simple, repetitive pattern.

 

I’ve enjoyed being part of this hop, so I’d like to nominate the following blogs I enjoy reading to answer the same questions:

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Ready to Knit

Hard Knit Life

You should “hop” on over and check them out! 🙂