So what have I been up to?

Not that much, knitting-wise. I've been working on a few projects that have stretched out for a few months. I recently saw the "Hibernation" category on Ravelry projects page and thought it appropriate.

I did finish the first sock, and cast on the second, in the Scheepjes wool that friends brought me from the Netherlands. Very nice - if a but snug. However, the liturgical stole is sitting idle as it is more of a "me time" only project because of all the slip stitches [which are a real challenge when fixing mistakes without ripping back].

Still, a cousin of mine has asked for a pair of socks - preferably in red. So I went through my sock stash [which isn't nearly as large as I remembered - just scattered] and found a couple of skeins of ShiBui in a gorgeous "Peony" colorway. And it truly is the fabulous purplish red of peony blossoms. Now, the big decision is, "Do I make this into a pair of socks for Gerry, or be greedy and keep it for myself?". That will take some pondering. If I keep it for me, though, I can be on the lookout for appropriate colors for her while yarn shopping at the retreat in Colorado.

Decisions...decisions.

Comments

ronhuber's picture

I got some wool when I was in Holland that I have yet to use. Like you, Joe, I love red socks. I hope your non-knitting hiatus ends soon. I am always a more happy and focused person if I can knit for at least 30 minutes a day.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've been doing a bit of knitting, just not daily. When you only do a few rows a day, though, it does take forever to finish anything. I figure the retreat will reenergize me...it did last year.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

SAPBrown's picture

" I am always a more happy and focused person if I can knit for at least 30 minutes a day."

I never quite found the words, but must agree wholeheartedly. It must be a meditative quality. I read somewhere that "knitting is the new yoga" (wished I remembered where).

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yes... there is a lot of meditative qualities to knitting. In fact, a friend and I have discussed doing a retreat about "Knitting as Meditation" with her doing the meditative segments and myself teaching/leading the knitting parts. Nothing has come of it yet, but time will tell.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

As an update - I found a nice yarn for the socks at my LYS and will probably start them at the Retreat. I'm taking a rest break at a library on the first part of my drive to Colorado and am really excited that I've the time away with a group of knitting friends.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm in love with red socks! I finished a pair in double basket weave last year and wear them often.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yayyyy!! A comment from Mill makes for a great day. I hope my cousin enjoys the red ones for her as several people have already tried to talk me out of the yarn for themselves.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.