Only week 3 of my "pair a week" pledge and I feel like a "chain-socker". Similar to "chain-smoking" and nearly as damaging to your health. Addiction comes in many forms.
In order to keep myself on track, the instant I bind off one sock, I bind on another. Keeps you from procrastinating!
This weeks socks are perhaps my favorite and most hated all at the same time. I knit them from a pattern on knitty.com and although I am usually skeptical of free online patterns, this one had few glitches and knit up pretty smoothly. I used a Supersocke yarn again...I can't get enough of their color pallet!
I will tell you that it's a toe-up sock, and I probably won't be knitting many more of those. I prefer leg down, it gives you nicer ends on both the calf and the toe.
The unique thing about these socks is the sole. It is in a linen stitch, with looks almost mat-like and holds up...well...forever I hope!
Headed for another member of my xmas list...they are too big for me...thats a hint.
Hope this Thanksgiving week is wonderful for you all. In honor of thankfulness, I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
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It's usually best to keep your lovers separate. Nothing good can come from introducing one boyfriend to another.
The same is not true for wine and wontons. In a desperate attempt to make a special treat for Jahred and myself, I decided to go all out and make homemade wontons. By default, the only thing to drink in my fridge was wine, hence, wine and wonton nights were born.
Not sure if it was the beverage or the fried yummies, but I concluded that Jahred needs to have an appreciation for what I do. Stitches, millions of knitted stitches have created his Christmas and birthday gifts. Nearly every season, Jahred gets off easy without needing to think of one single idea, or purchase one single gift.
While knitting away with a steady flow of cream cheese, I decided to teach Jahred to knit. Hoping he would find it awkward, difficult and much TOO challenging. I started with a simple k2 p2 pattern. I figured that was NOTHING compared to the construction tasks I have endured, and for a girl my age, I know WAY too much about drywall and building codes.
Much to my disappointment, I quickly learned that my "continental" knitting style played right into his left hand dominance. My superior teaching skills left him no room for failure. The $20 skein of yarn looked beautiful all by itself, and worst of all, he tends to learn quickly.
Crap! Quickly the pedestal of "superior knitting abilities" I place myself on is dissolving. But never fear, he will give up...knitting is like a dull movie, you don't see any point to it until the very end.
Well, that was 3 days and 1 hat ago. Not only have I searched the hat for any sign of imperfection, but I am completely shocked that it is gift quality. I guess the only thing left to do now is give him the long list of knitting that needs to be done by December 25th.
The moral of this story is: Don't teach your husband something you don't want him to be good at. Also, a wine and wonton combo can be dangerous...don't get any crazy ideas while under the influence.
If by accident your husband picks up on one of your secret skills, I guess it can be a blessing in disguise.
I will post a pic of Jahred's Knits after x-mas...don't want to give away any surprises.
Really an uneventful week. Lots of tantrums as we approach the terrible 2's and lots of "Follow that Bird", the movie a.k.a. ALL TIME BEST BABYSITTER.
Between juggling Jahreds schedule and making sure to hit the grocery stores for Veterans Day cookies, Axel and I have been tyring to maintain sanity.
Keeping true to my commitment, week 2 of my "Year in Socks" went about the best of any of my attempts this week.
This pair I have to say is LOVELY. Made from German Supersocke yarn and knit in a "mistake rib", I am excited to gift these this holiday season!
Every addict wants a partner in crime right? Well, my great friend and neighbor is also a crafty soul. After a year of creating together, I have convinced her to start her own Etsy shop!!!
I'm always telling Etsians that the best way to help your own shop is by mentoring another!
Nicole and I set up her shop last night with some of the COOLEST and GREENEST designs in the greeting card industry!
Seriously, her cards could go big! In her shop now are the holiday line of cards and soon to be added are the "any occasion" cards!
Check her out and help her get her first few sales! I know you'll love her style!
What is it about knitting that I can completely lose myself in it's stitches?
I've always considered knitting my "needlework soul mate". Not only because I can wrap my head around life while using the most precise of fine motor skills, but for me it surpasses even sleep in relaxation.
For these reasons, I have decided to commit to knitting even deeper over the next year. Call it my November New Year Resolution if you will, but I will be knitting a pair of socks each week for the next year.
I will admit that a "by-week" or two may be taken, but each Sunday I hope to have a new pair of socks to show you all. Perhaps Axel will be getting tons of new socks (as his feet are still in the "4 hour socks" category).
Why socks? Really there's nothing more intimate than knitting socks for someone special. Perhaps it's a MInnesotan thing, but in the bowels of winter, when even your Andersen double pane windows have ice on the INSIDE, all you have are your socks.
The pair I have for you this week are made from Noro Silk Garden sock yarn and are for a special person on my Christmas list. (Hopefully they aren't a blog reader.)
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