Monthly Archives: February 2013

New socks!

loopyafterthoughts

Thanks to a KSU basketball game last night (radio) and the Illinois-Michigan game this afternoon, I had time to finish these fun socks. Afterthought heels are so good for the ego:  a little courage, a little daring, and a beautiful end product.  Not familiar with the technique?  Have a look at this old post from days gone by.

What’s almost as fun as a new pair of socks? Picking out the yarn for the next pair of Recitation Socks! School starts early tomorrow…better get to stash shopping!

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Nice Landing!

This morning Sean took me to visit the second of two yarn shops in our new home, and it was such a treat!  I found so many favorite brands and yarns, and saw several I’ve been wanting to try for a while, too.  She also had the most gorgeous braids of fiber for spinning and felting.

I got to visit with the owner and one of the other staff, and they were really neat. I learned Stephen West had spent some time there at one point and was shown a model he’d knit for the shop…too fun! What a joy to have 2 lovely shops so close to my new home.

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This pretty came to live with me and become socks. Yes, it’s very orange. No, I do not have a fever. It called to me.  It’s a skein of Dream in Color’s Everlasting sock, and I’ve been eager to try it for quite a while. It looks like stitch definition is going to be gorgeous with it, so I need to find a nice pattern that will let it strut its stuff.

I’ve got about 2 more inches on the brown/teal socks before the second toe, and then it’s afterthought heel time!

 

Digging out!

We’ve reached that interesting state in the move, when enough is unpacked to live day to day life, but enough is still boxed that we’re not making the best use of space, and many important things are still in hiding, including some knitting. I’ve got a vest that has got to get the highest attention as soon as it’s unearthed.

The charger for my camera batteries has also been MIA, and we finally decided to replace it. (I’m expecting to find it any moment now.) I’m pleased to have the use of the camera again!  My cell phone camera is nice, but so very not the same.  This morning we put the newly charged battery in the camera and I snapped this photo to celebrate:  My current “recitation socks.”

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Recitation socks must be mindless and be made with unfussy yarn, as they are what keep me sane through Grammar Sentence Classifications and Spelling Tests. This is a pairing of Loopy Ewe yarns just perfect for afterthought heels.

Several of my earliest pairs of socks are starting to look a little tired and need some darning.  I’ve got a pile going of those, but it (along with a pretty chilly first winter in our new home) highlights the need (yes, need!) for a few new additions to the sock drawer.