Monthly Archives: May 2007

Blog and Knitting Ignored

I started a slipper sock a little more than a week ago, but about and inch or two into it decided the yarn was better suited for a scarf. All I could think of while knitting it was that the yarn would be a wonderful addition to a multi stranded scarf because of its nice warm brown/orange color and softness. The yarn kept telling me it wanted to be a scarf and not slippers.  Years of experience with fibers have taught me to listen to my gut intuition and the fibers with which I am working.  The slipper sock no longer exists. In its place is an empty set of #7 DPN’s and some unused yarn.

Most of life has been temporarily placed on hold for the past couple of weeks due to some health issues.Between the health issue and a grueling work schedule it has been hard to plan long term projects. I will not bore those of you who read this with the details, except to say that your prayers for safety and protection during a procedure this coming Friday would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully, life will return to some state of normalcy very soon.

Knitting & Priorities

Since returning to the working world, I have been faced with the fact that it takes effort, at least for me, to keep my priorities in order.  I will explain.

I am glad to be back at work for a lot of reasons, of which money is only. There is a sense of being needed and wanted by colleagues and co-workers that is  important. There is also the normal sense of being busy that I thrive on. This means there is no time for boredom. 🙂 The list could  continue almost infinitely.

However, this is where knitting and the fiber arts come in. I realized this week that I have not picked up my beloved hooks or needles in the past 2 weeks. Even though I needed a break from them, 2 weeks is feeling like forever. The last time was during a trip to a local emergency room. While there, I nearly finished the second sock of my very first pair ever. It only needs about 15-20 more minutes of work. There are other projects in various stages of completeness. None of them have been touched.

Sure, I have enjoyed the break in many ways, but something is missing in my life.  Could it possibly be the pleasurable feel of hooks and needles? I think so.

Now the problem has been identified. My course of action is simple. It’s time to pick up where I left off, at least sort of anyway. Completing the sock will have to wait until there is time to sit at the kitchen table and do it properly. I just happen to have some empty size # 7 DPNs and a lot of acrylic yarn. The combination of the two will make a great pair of slipper socks to be donated to a local charity. The hard part of this is going to be choosing the yarn and casting on the first stitch Once that is done the rest will be easy.

There are errands to be done today that are saved for my weekend off. Since we are dong them as a family I will have sitting time in the car. This means fiber time, or in this situation, knitting time.  I will see how far I get later today.

Please Help

This is strange for me and not at all related to fiber arts. I was reading blogs from my list of ‘Read Often’ sites that sits in a file on Firefox toolbar. I went to read “I Give Good Shot” by Anna in Alabama. The link did not work. The WordPress link said she deleted her blog. The Blogspot search, where she moved, could not locate her blog. I have searched my files and done a google search trying to locate her with no success.

If anyone knows where she moved or has heard from her, please let me know. Her absence from the blogosphere is worrisome.

Thank you in advance for any and all help with this.

Spring and Knitting

Wow! It’s Wednesday already. I almost can’t believe the past week has gone by so quickly. Life has been a bit busy around here to say the least.

Since it is Spring, I am in my usual Spring cleaning mode. This activity has dominated a good portion of my free time. Most recently this has meant catching up on laundry that has been ignore in the laundry room, de-cluttering the homeschool/computer/craft room and helping as needed in the cleaning of son’s room. My next day off will find me moving the living room furniture, cleaning baseboards in the living room and that sort of thing. My husband did  some of the same sorts of things in the bedrooms this past week end.  None of this is exciting, but it is part of life in my family.

There was time last week for knitting, so I almost finished the second sock of my first pair. It is down to taking the last eight stitches off the needles and weaving in the loose ends. I’ll do that on my day off in the middle of the week in a couple of days.  I also have a gauge swatch for another pair on the needles. At the rate I am going, it will be my day off before it gets completed and the next pair of socks gets started.

Knitting and crocheting are two of my passions, but at this time of the year, I normally take a bit of a break from them. Nothing is wrong. I just need a bit of a break for a  week or two.

In the meantime, I have decided it is time to catch up on some reading and to learn HTML, CSS and about web design. Since computing has been one of my hobbies for a long time, this is a natural progression. The knowledge gained doing this will be for my own use and for fun. It is one of those areas I have wanted to explore for a long time.

Last week I read Debbie MacComber’s ‘Back on Blossom Street’. I have started, but not finished ‘Susannah’s Garden’. These have proven to be good relaxing reading in my opinion.  ( I have no connection, financial or otherwise to these books or the author. )

Socks

My original plan today included working on the second sock of my first pair. My logic was that since it is my day off in the middle of the week and I have no plans to go anywhere, then there should be plenty of time to knit. I have not made it that far at this time. There were a few things that interfered with doing so:

  • cleaning the kitchen
  • reading e-mail
  • taking a nap
  • looking up information for my husband on-line
  • de-cluttering and vacuuming the living
  • paying some bills
  • exploring the idea of upgrading one of my blogs to having CSS
  • doing laundry

I will eventually get to the sock. It is at the point where the toe is being shaped. The rows alternate between a decrease row and a plain knitting row. In order to keep myself from getting confused I normally knit two rows before stopping.

A week or so ago I bought this some Hill Country Instant Gratification Superwash Sock Yarn in the Country Caribean colorway. I made the mistake of starting the sock on #6 needles. I have learned from talking with those more knowledgeable about sock knitting at the Socknitters Group on Yahoo that this was not the best thing to do. The sock has been frogged and the yarn is waiting for me to do a gauge swatch on smaller needles. Once this is done, a new sock will be started. 🙂 Right now it looks like the new sock will be worked on tomorrow.