The Little Things

The little things in life are so often the big things. I've been reminding myself of this over the past nine or ten months as I spend hours every day with Mom. It's not rocket science nor is it a new insight. It's just good to pause in the moment and realize. Untangling a poorly … Continue reading The Little Things

WIP Wednesday: Patience

When I expressed concern about a recent too-short sock, several readers offered advice for remedying the situation. My decision not to act on any of those suggestions is not a reflection of my sincere appreciation for the tips; it's more a result of my desire to just be finished with the socks. FInished so I … Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Patience

WIP Wednesday: Socks x 2

Not a pair of socks. Two first socks. You may ask why. I can only reply, why not?! Before heading to Mom's one recent day, I grabbed a ball of sock yarn from my stash and four appropriately-sized DPNs. This is Patons Kroy sock yarn, and I'm making one of my basic top-down socks -- … Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Socks x 2

Patching it Together

Once I realized that my self-striping sock yarn wouldn't work for a top-down baby sweater -- because the body would be too large for the colored sections to become stripes -- I searched for a new pattern. As usual, I spent a long time down the rabbit hole that is Ravelry but eventually found a … Continue reading Patching it Together

Starting Over with Stripes

Since I loved the Blue Striped Rag self-striping sock yarn so much, I figured I'd use it for a little sweater for a Baby-to-Be coming in a couple months. Lesson learned: self-striping sock yarn really is intended for socks (or maybe sleeves on a baby sweater ) At first, all seemed to be going well … Continue reading Starting Over with Stripes

Scrolling with Socks

When I finished the helix striped hat, I realized that I didn't have another project ready to cast on. This shouldn't have been a surprise since I'm the one who decides. I knew I hadn't selected what to make next, but somehow, I was a tad surprised. Go figure. So I did what I usually … Continue reading Scrolling with Socks

New Normal for Now

I'm happy to report that Mom's been home for a few weeks and has regained her pre-pneumonia strength and balance. It helped that she was quite fit before she was hospitalized and that we walked with her around the hospital floor several times a day whether she wanted to or not. Last week, we introduced … Continue reading New Normal for Now

The “Unquestionable Benefit” of Handknit Socks

Kevin's been a fan of my knit socks since his first pair nearly five years ago. He's even agreed to be a model for blog photos.¬†Every once in while, he'll text me a photo -- usually from a table in the university library -- of his feet, wrapped in lucky socks, as he studies for … Continue reading The “Unquestionable Benefit” of Handknit Socks

Not Your Usual Bread Baking

For the past few years, I've been one of the bakers of my church's eucharistic bread, the round, unleavened bread that's blessed as part of the Mass and shared with the community. About every five or six weeks, it's my turn to bring 5 "loaves" to the Saturday afternoon Mass. I'm always afraid that, in … Continue reading Not Your Usual Bread Baking

One Down, One to Go

Now that I've got a sock project on my needles, I realize how much I enjoy knitting them. It took me ages to make my first pair -- not to actually make them but to tackle the project. Looking back, I realize that all the features of socks that I loved in that first pair … Continue reading One Down, One to Go

New Socks for the New Year

I've cast on my first project of 2017 -- good old reliable socks. These are in a blue and silver gray colorway, Beyond the Wall, of Felici Sock Yarn. https://www.instagram.com/p/BO2reBUgWRy To be completely candid (and why not be completely candid?), I cast on the first sock in late December but discovered after a few inches … Continue reading New Socks for the New Year

Self-Striping Magic

Self-striping yarn amazes me. Actually, the dyers who create self-striping yarn amaze me. How do they do that? How do they figure out how much yarn to dye in each color, and, more importantly, how do they actually dye it? I know I could look it up on the Interwebs and find some videos, but … Continue reading Self-Striping Magic

One Toe Up, One Top Down

One of my knitting goals this year was to knit a pair of toe-up socks. I'm half-way there. A¬†stretchy, soft self-striping yarn in blues and greens was the perfect combination for Kevin. (Plymouth Yarn's Diversity in Deep Sea) He's a big fan of handknit socks and those colors, so it was pretty much a no-brainer. … Continue reading One Toe Up, One Top Down

Striped Socks…Belatedly

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I gave more knitted gifts for Christmas last year than I had before. Usually I start around Thanksgiving, and it doesn't take a genius to realize that that's not enough time to make more than a couple of items. I'm not a chunky knit, make-it-in-a-day knitter although I definitely understand the appeal. Knitting whenever and … Continue reading Striped Socks…Belatedly