Sunday, February 5, 2017

actual knitting content

I haven't been able to knit for nearly three months.
The focus just wasn't there.
I've wanted to knit. I've tried to knit.
I've missed being able to knit.
It's a productive activity that settles me, calms me, encourages me.
Not being able to turn to this reliable source of comfort was...
well, I don't know what it was, but it felt like a curse.

At long last, it seems the curse is broken.
I believe I owe this to something I read on the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog, that compendium of fibery wit, practicality, and adventure. Kay Gardiner wrote:

"...sometimes you have to bring the calm to the knitting."

The yarn is worsted weight, 50:50 wool and silk.
This is not a practical choice for socks.
The yarn is soft. The knitted fabric will blur. And fuzz. And felt.
It will wear out too quickly from the friction of a boot.

But this is the third pair of socks I've made with this yarn since 2009.

Because occasionally, looking neat and lasting long are not the most important features a sock can offer. Sometimes, it's all about the smoosh.

The socks were finished at sunset yesterday, with lots of help.

(Speaking of finishing, for anyone interested in fibery details, there is a stitch-by-stitch on this publicly-visible ravelry project page.)

And to celebrate their briefly pristine state, the socks were the subject of a very quick (it was cold and I was tired) post-chores shoot this morning:

Here's a behind-the-scenes shot with my location team.
What would I do without them?

Fortunately, the Art Director works for peanuts.



  1. Beautiful color yarn and it worked up nicely==pretty socks and I love your tester after they were finished and your help that works for peanuts--thanks for sharing their photos too--
    enjoy the moments, di

  2. Gotta love the Art Director (oh, and the socks aren't too shabby either!).

  3. These gorgeous socks look like they have plenty of smoosh! Love the stripes. I would be pulling these on after chores in front of the fire. Maybe pull a pair of big workman's socks (you know the grey socks with red stripes) over top of these to keep them a little longer when wearing your winter boots? Your team of advisers look like they would not say 'no' to a little nibble on the toes of those socks! Good save with the peanut.

  4. Soft, smooshy socks. Sounds wonderful! They look neat, too.

  5. I love the stripes! I love handknit socks anyway, but pretty ones are all the better.

  6. Lovely philosophy there! Nice socks -- mine wear out fast too, much walking, but I'm worth it! Good job for the art director. She'll be demanding a raise to carrot coins.

  7. Beautiful socks. It will never cease to amaze me that human hands can actually knit socks. They are a mystery to me, like math after college Algebra.
    Its a comfort your art director works for peanuts. lol
    About your not being able to knit...if you discover why that happens, then please consider posting about it. Those kind of focus loses, I believe, are more common than what I read about.

  8. LUV that comment...knitting hasn't been working for me either. too much pain and there's only so many aspirin I can swallow before it becomes counter productive.
    thesocks are breathtaking!

  9. I think that it's true about bringing the calm to all sorts of things yourself. I love that quote, and I'm so glad that you have your knitting back. Great art director!

  10. Welcome back to knitting. Your socks are gorgeous and your team wonderful! (Love that second last picture).


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