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Finished Socks

I’ve had this summer cold for a little over a week now. Just when it seems to be getting better I get hit with it all over again. Nevertheless, I took some shots of the two pairs of socks I’ve finished.

knit socks broken garter rib

These are made from Zen Yarn Garden yarn. Thanks to Yarn Rascal for eating the skein band so I can’t tell you the colorway, but I can say that it is the merino cashmere blend. The pattern is my own and can be knit toe up or cuff down. The pattern is a simple broken garter stitch rib. Round 1: Knit. Round 2: K, p. Alternate the two rounds add your favorite heel and toes and you’ve got the socks.

knit socks roman road

These are also a simple pattern called Roman Road. Round 1- 4: Knit. Round 5: K1, p1. Round 6: P1, k1. Repeat from round 1 and you have the pattern. Along with using your favorite toe and heel this pattern works for both toe-up or cuff down socks.

knit socks roman road cu

Right now I don’t have socks on any needles and it feels like I am tempting fate a bit. I like to keep a travel project or two in the works for those emergency room and/or hospital stays. The large short-row shawl is taking all my knitting time. The shawl is in no way a travel project, but I am reluctant to put it down to start such a project for fear that I might have a moment of sanity in my life and never pick up and finish the shawl. But the anxiety of waiting for the axe to drop, so to speak, is starting to get to me.

Before I forget, the socks above were made with Dream In Color Smooshy in the Lapis Lazuli colorway. Yarn Rascal just happened to leave this yarn band intact.

 

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I Am Counting

When a knitter says “I am counting” the rational person treats the knitter with the same respect one would a rabid animal: slowly back away and vacate the area. I obviously don’t surround myself with rational people or pets.

The current masochistic knitting project is a shawl worked in short-rows in order to create waves of color. There’s a lot to keep track of not the least of which includes counting. I’ve already restarted this shawl six times and I don’t want to restart it a seventh. It is with a sense of dread that I pick the thing up and knit on it each night.

The key to success with this shawl is to complete each wave without interruption of any kind. No exceptions for tornados, severe thunderstorms, updates on family, The Skipper’s latest project, or Yarn Rascal’s need to sit on my lap with his favorite bone in his mouth and drool. I suspect that in order to achieve this I will need to find a convent where vows of silence have been taken and even then the fire alarm will probably go off and I will need to put the knitting down before completing the wave.

I was making progress on the shawl until The Skipper and Yarn Rascal came bounding into the living room last night.

“I’m counting” I said without looking up.

The TV went on and The Skipper started watching a cooking show which is way better, or so I thought, than him choosing the Business News Channel. How many numbers can be repeated in a cooking show to throw me off count? Rascal, on the other hand, was busy watching the two newest fawns play in the yard. All seemed well.

And so I counted. Five, six, seven…

The TV responded: we have 20 square inches of meat to cut into 2 inch by 2 inch…

Eight, ten, twenty…no that’s not right.

200 pieces …2 inches squared…16…at 5 minutes a side…

Sixteen, seventeen…no wait a minute is that right? No wasn’t I on six? This can’t be right. I need to knit seventeen stitches before turning and I have…well there is no way to know what I have because I didn’t put the marker in before I turned.

At 350 degrees…turn 90 degrees…

Yes, the only way to get back on track is to rip it back to the life line yet again. I am beginning to think I might never complete this shawl. I am reluctant to put it into a time out for being bad, because I fear I will never, as long as I am in my right mind, pick it up again. Plus, I really do want it for the autumn. I picked out the colors specifically to represent that season.

So tonight I will try again to make some progress, even if I have to close myself up in the bathroom to accomplish it.

 

 

 

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