So what have I been up to?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

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.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm in love with red socks! I

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

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.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

As an update - I found a nice

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.

ronhuber's picture

I got some wool when I was in

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.

SAPBrown's picture

" I am always a more happy

" 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

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.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've been doing a bit of

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.