Monday, September 23, 2013
And I was feeling tickled that I'm finally in the homestretch of completing the pair...until I realized that it's autumn now. Sigh.
The first one did spend some months as a loner until I pulled the pattern back out, determined to work up the mate for sock club at the Knitty Gritty. However, a couple months went by without any real progress beyond the cuff and a couple rows of the pattern stitch, which for some reason (probably my lack of attention) just was not coming easily.
But last month I was teaching Judy's Magic Cast On at sock club, encouraging the participants to try toe-up socks, and I ripped out what little I had of my Spring Sock #2 in order to use the yarn and needles for the lesson. Then I realized something: I really don't care for cuff-down socks. There I've said it. Me, the guru of the Who Knits Socks in Florida? club. Can't stand them. I always have trouble casting on, I always have a struggle joining in the round on two circulars because I always forget how, and once I finally accomplish that I'm faced with and inch or more of boring ribbing until I get to anything remotely entertaining.
So I kept going with my cast-on example and began working the Field of Flower mate from the toe-up, opposite of how the pattern is written. And here I am zipping along, having a grand time, and almost finished, just in time for sock weather, if there is such a thing here, which there isn't.
Wendy Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up to work the heel construction that most closely resembles the flap and gusset on #1 sock (which I barely remember). Now I've rejoined the leg, memorized the pattern stitch and am literally working circles around this thing. Surely 18 rounds of ribbing won't be as boring when the result is a complete sock, rather than just a cuff.
Granted, my progress was aided this past week by several hours on planes plus a lengthy delay. But by the end of sock club tomorrow I'll be nearing the finish line. Hooray! I won't have to change my project name to singular "Spring Sock" after all.
The socks might not be exactly identical - sock #1 is a shop sample so I had only my Ravelry photos to refer to - but they'll be close enough. Let's face it, they're socks for heaven's sake. And this is Florida. Who knits socks in Florida?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It's Retro by Norah Gaughan, a blanket worked in five panels with a design so easy to memorize I don't even need to carry around the pattern. Fits perfectly into my purse or beach bag, and because you only work one strip at a time, it's not too hot for summer knitting. By mid-September or sooner, this will become my son's college afghan. Yes, it's washable.
While I worked and waited to see how many cones my daughter knocked over, I realized that two years ago I sat in the same office and knitted while I waited for my son to take his driver's test. Immediately I was able to bring to mind the project I was working on then - my first pair of socks:
Can't remember what I had for dinner the other night, but I can remember what I was knitting two years ago. Wonder what project I'll have with me three years from now when my youngest will be ready for his test?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tomorrow five out-of-towners will arrive for the long weekend, followed by six more on Friday, followed by graduation at 8:00 am Saturday morning, followed by a party at my house Saturday afternoon. I have all day today to clean house and get ready....the perfect time to update my blog, don't you think?
And it just happens to be Wednesday, so let's take a look at my WIPs.
Florence 2R's and Amish Coffee are still lurking around somewhere, untouched in months.
|Field of Flowers - sample for WKSF club|
Monday, June 3, 2013
Scripture: Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky... (Phil 2:14-15)
Observation: Our attitude is a powerful witness, something that makes us distinct and enables us to bring the light of Christ to the world.
Application: Often, if not only, it is in the home where I am most guilty of grumbling and arguing. I can morph from servant to martyr at the drop of a hat, or at least a wet towel, and things can quickly get ugly. What kind of message is this sending my family? Only by tapping into Christ and following his example of humility - not servant-doormat as this world would have you think, but servant-leader - can I hope to move from being ruled by emotions and expectations to being ruled by the Spirit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess I am powerless to "do everything without grumbling or arguing" without leaning in to you for grace and patience. Cause me to cling to you, remembering the true humility of Jesus, to pray before speaking, and to serve in a manner that glorifies you and shines your light to others. Amen.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Well, today's Monday, so here goes. I read through Phil 1 three times, I think, with varying degrees of focus. And what sticks in my mind the most is the first part of verse 27:
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
And what makes it stick in my mind is this: What the heck does this mean exactly?
When I posted the verse on Facebook, the first response I got was, "Well, there goes happy hour this Friday." But is this what Paul means? Is this an admonishment to straighten up, fly right, and remove any appearance of questionable behavior or even fun from my life? Surely not, though this is exactly what the Enemy would have us believe. But I realize that in my own mind I twist Paul's words to mean, "Conduct yourself in a manner that appears unimpeachable, as if you have it all together, that follows all the rules, that draws no finger-pointing, that is holier than thou, that is pleases others, nay, that pleases everybody..." and I am forced once again to recognize that even as a believing Christian I still succumb to the ever-present subconscious nagging that it's all about works and appearances.
If I am to respond to Paul's exhortation, I must understand what the "gospel of Christ" is, and what it is not. At the risk of trivializing the dilemma, I feel somewhat like Charlie Brown when he cries out in frustration...
This is what I know about the gospel (literally "Good News") of Christ: it is simple and complicated; it is good, not bad; it is about God's grace, not my control; it is about my heart more so than my behavior; it is about my intimacy with Jesus more so than my going to church; it means I am saved by Jesus' sacrifice, not my own striving; it means I don't have to know all the answers before I can talk about it; it means that the Holy Spirit will guide me into understanding so that I may "conduct [myself] in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ"...
Monday, May 13, 2013
In May 2011 I cast on my first pair
Though this was my first pair started, it was not my first pair finished. In the lengthy interim I participated in a KAL which introduced me not only to Plymouth Happy Feet (my very first purchase at The [Itty Bitty] Knitty Gritty) and Irish Girlie Knits, but also to Honey Badger, the hilarious-but-perhaps-too-vulgar-for-some You Tube video. (Not going to link it here, go look it up yourself. Honey Badger don't care.)
With a bold sense of now-I-know-how-to-knit-socks and a hunger to learn different techniques, I volunteered for a test knit soon after. Wheat Rib by Lindo Jo Park was my first try at toe-up on 2 circulars, which has become my preferred sock method.
Will Work For Yarn Swap Group project,
So who knits socks in Florida? I do. And I'm itching to share techniques, tips, pitfalls, experiences with fellow enthusiasts and with those who, like I once was, are simply confounded by the whole idea. Join me at The Knitty Gritty for a free-of-charge, twice-monthly get-together. Bring your own socks-in-progress, or cast-on the socks-of-the-month project (this month it's yoga socks). Learn a new technique, or get help for a sock-gone-awry. Fondle my sock yarn, I'll fondle yours. This month we'll meet Monday, May 20 from 6-8 pm, and/or Tuesday, May 21 from 11am-1pm. In ensuing months we'll stagger the meetings every other week or thereabouts. Become a regular, or pop in now and then. I'll be there to knit, chat, teach, help, laugh. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
First off, I'll be starting to work at my LYS, The Knitty Gritty. Can't tell you how excited I am about this - it's a dream come true (not the big Broadway/sports arena one, but a dream nonetheless), and I'm elated that Anna invited me to join the staff. And what a time to start, with the Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl going on from March 1 to 10. Grab your passport and come on out!
Not only will I be helping out in the shop here and there, but I'm also slated to teach two classes. The first, next Wednesday, March 6, is a two-hour session teaching ipad users how to take advantage of KnitCompanion, the most ingenious app in the world IMHO. A single class will really only scratch the surface of KC's seemingly infinite capabilities, but will enable the students to download, set up and follow patterns using this revolutionary technology.
|Publicity shot for Fab 50's|
|Couple years ago at the Caribe...before Vinny chewed up this suit.|
|LBI Summer 2012|
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The other day I was checking in with a few of my favorite blogs, and on a recent post over at YarnontheHouse I noticed my name and "Congratulations!" on the same line. Sent Veronika my mailing address and a speedy two days later I'm playing with this:
|Honeycomb Kerchief - Bijou Basin Ranch|
|Cosette Wrap - Never Not Knitting|
|Wee Wildflower - Coastal Kids|
For now I guess I better get back to working on my test knitting assignment, which is just the perfect size for my wonderful new project bag from Little Lippy Ewe:
Thank you to all these wonderful vendors, and especially Ve at YOTH for sharing the love!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Yesterday I went hog wild and spent $22 on myself. While grocery shopping at Publix, the Winter 2012 issue of Interweave Knits jumped into my cart.
and while DD was spending some quality time in Plato's Closet, I enjoyed a manicure next door.
These are the kinds of treats, no matter how seemingly small, that I sometimes agonize over, but no more. Last year I began paying myself for completing certain tasks that I could and would easily avoid. Things like flossing, exercising in any intensity (including little or practically none) for 15 minutes, and going to bed without leaving any clothes on the floor. There are a few others which I am loath to disclose, but in any event I'm now motivated to do these things, if not by their intrinsic necessity or benefit, then by the fact that for each one checked off I put $1 in my favorite vase.
Win/win: things that need doing get done, and I have a modest fund of fun money to spend on little extras that make me smile. And I still have $19 left. Mad Tosh?
Friday, January 11, 2013
However, it is with suitable glee that I present my first finished object of 2013.
[Insert drum roll here.]
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Irish Coffee.....hmmmm...too early in the morning for either kind, I guess.
Bijou Basin Ranch's Tibetan Dream Sock yarn, but I've learned the hard way that the fine-gauge cabling and twisted-stitching of this pattern makes it a "natural daylight only" project for me and my middle-aged eyes.
So for lamplight and TV watching I have the 10-stitch blanket to work on. There's a baby on the way (not in this household, good gracious!), and I've the feeling she won't wait till her February 19 due date.