Once Upon a Sock: April Edition

Once Upon a Sock: April Edition

Wow, it’s that time again …¬†first Thursday of the month,¬†the time that a little group of us — including Paula at Spin a Yarn, Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons, and Kat at Felinity Knits — blog about our sock knitting!

As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, my Viola socks are languishing a bit. I’ve been¬†trying to¬†figure out why that is. ¬†I¬†couldn’t wait to cast them on, I love the pattern, I love the yarn … but I’ve just completely stalled out on the gusset! ¬†I think part¬†of it I’ve been distracted by other things, like nearly finishing my Arrosa shawl and starting Southwell.

But I also think part of me needs to change things up. I’ve knit a fair few pair of plain jane socks (my Droving Socks excepted!) over the past six months,¬†and I think maybe it’s time for a little change of pace.

So instead of showing you yet another picture of my Viola socks in the same place (basically they’ve barely grown since this post), wanna help me with planning my next pair?

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Yarnalong: Knitting Workshop, Constellate, and Smooth Operators

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Knitting:¬†Well, this picture might look a little familiar. ¬†Sure, the socks are a little longer, and the hat brim is a bit further advanced than it was two weeks ago … it’s just, you know, been ripped out and reknit since! The important thing is, after letting it sit for a few days, I got my Constellate re-cast on,¬†and I’m¬†glad that¬†I went ahead and restarted it. ¬†The twisted rib is just so pretty … I would have been sad whenever I looked at my brim and knew that the rib * should * have been twisted. ¬†And, ahem, I’m almost back to the start of the hat’s patterning — I’d made it two repeats in before I ripped it all back last week! ¬†Mr. N’s Smooth Operators are growing (as is the yarn’s pooling!) It’s time to put the yarn in for the afterthought heel — I might even have them done for him before our February visit!

Reading: I still haven’t been reading (for pleasure, I should say! I do lots of reading for work), and I want to change that. ¬†I just need to make myself stop knitting a little earlier in the evening¬†and get in bed before before I’m too tired to read! ¬†But I had a knitting query yesterday¬†about which I knew Elizabeth Zimmerman would have something to say. ¬†So I pulled out my trusty copy of¬†Knitting Workshop. ¬†Sure enough, EZ had some instructions – slightly terse, but¬†encouraging me to be courageous and move boldly forward — on a question I had about¬†different yoke constructions. ¬†And it also meant I could read over the lovely inscription my mom wrote when she gave me the book — and wish we weren’t several states apart, but instead could be sat knitting together!

Hopefully, next week I’ll have some new knitting or reading to share. ¬†Til then, pop on over to the original Yarnalong post to see what¬†others are working on, and tell me what you’re up to in the comments if you’re so inclined!

#mostworn: Part 2

#mostworn: Part 2

Hi friends! ¬†As promised, I’m back with¬†Part 2 of my #mostworn post. ¬†As a quick refresher, or if you’re just joining us, Kate of Rosalind Craft Supplies¬†suggested a few months ago that we should celebrate¬†our most worn knits. She nominated me to share¬†my highly loved knits in the categories of torso, neck, and feet (you can read her whole excellent post here). ¬†Last¬†Friday, I wrote about my #mostworn sweater. ¬†Today, I’m sharing my most worn accessories.

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