Sock Drawer

This is a photo of my daughter Laura’s sock drawer. She texted it to me. She knew it would make me happy.

Why?

Because I knit them for her. You’ve seen the Good and Plenty and Wonder Woman featured on the blog and the yarn her husband James bought on a business trip in Seattle. The colors of flowers at Pike Market. I see some Alaskan yarn too.

When she told me she loved wearing the hand knit socks, I felt motivated to knit more.

Knitting Cruise Invitation

Last January I was watching Arne and Carlos on their YouTube channel and they said come with us a journey like no other. See our beautiful Norwegian coast, warmed by the Gulf Stream waters.
I told my sister about it and she encouraged me to sign on immediately. I listened!
And I am so happy I did.
Norway is magnificent. Arne and Carlos are excellent hosts, making time to speak with everyone.
What a beautiful journey, exactly as promised. I came by myself but was fortunate when I opted for a roommate and got one so compatible. I’ve met knitters from Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Norway and Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wisconsin to name a few.
Here we are with Arne and Carlos with my knitting cruise cabin roommate
If you’re a knitter you might already know of Arne and Carlos– their books ( in at least a dozen languages), their blog, patterns, tutorials, and their informative Q and A segments filmed from their restored railway station surrounded by lush gardens with thousands of plants. High up on a Norwegian mountainside. Nestled in the mountain next up a crystal clear lake, they live, design and create while inspiring thousands around the world to find their own creative spirit within themselves.
Perhaps you remember their sock yarn (Regia)that instructs you by change of yarn color- when to stop ribbing and knit the foot heel or toe.
They also have a video the called the easiest sock in the world. It’s true! https://youtu.be/uQcPvZAEJ3w
https://rutheh.com/2018/03/14/id-rather-be/

Be sure to check out their latest New Nordic with ROWAN

Breakfast with the Queen

Breakfast with the Queen on Monday morning. Out on the front porch again while summer is still here.

I went and got the solar powered waving figurine out of the dining room window to join me for breakfast. Why?

My friend Vincie went to London (and Paris) last month and brought me a lovely souvenir. A jar of Rhubarb Raspberry Vanilla Bean Jam from Selfridges Food Hall. She knows those three are my favorite flavors. What a combination.

Fancy. Nothing like jam and butter on toast. Very tasty.

Put my two balls of sock yarn in the little shopping bag, too!

BTW Selfridges was voted Best Department Store in the World.

I’d rather be…..

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Knitting, of course.   The Weekly Photo Challenge created by Krista Stevens 

“How would you fill in the blank?”    I’d Rather Be…

If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?

So many possibilities.

I was knitting at a friend’s home, Finishing up these PairPerfect Socks.  The Regia yarn 75% wool 25% nylon designed by Arne and Carlos is dyed so it turns out looking like you really did something fancy.  You get two identical socks, knit from the top down.  When the colors change, you go on to the next step.  It falls into almost mindless knitting category.

Did you ever do something really stupid?

Did you ever do something really stupid? Like so stupid you can’t even believe it?

Dumb dumb dumb!

This afternoon I took my warm flannel sheets out of the dryer to change my bed. Stuck with static to the fabric was one of my brand new hand knit socks. Yikes! My eyes hit wide and I couldn’t believe it. I found the mate.

The socks knit from special locally dyed yarn from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

They’d been hanging on a towel rack to dry after being lovingly hand washed with a mild soap, carefully rinsed and rolled in a towel to get rid of excess water.

I’d just completed the pair before midnight on Wednesday, wanting to finish in the month of February.

I’d knit them over the course of two months time. Yikes. And I’d bought the yarn two years ago when visiting a friend in Arizona.

Another friend in Pittsburgh was knitting the same pattern with almost the same yarn I’d gotten her. We cast on at the beginning of January. Our own little KAL.(knit along) The four row pattern repeat took me longer than usual to finish the pair. Not my usual mindless knitting. I was so happy they were finished.

How stupid I’d washed and dried these handmade socks in the washing machine and even worse, the DRYER!

I looked at them on top of the dryer and they weren’t exactly toddler sized. Phew!

How did I get so lucky?

and believe it or not, they fit perfectly

Cheryl Griset is the artist who dyed the yarn with plants from the Sonoran Desert. If you’ve followed previous knitting posts, you know I like to buy a skein of souvenir sock yarn when traveling. (Sometimes more than one skein!)

Where I bought the yarn-

https://www.tempeyarn.com/tempeyarn_local.htm

Patriotic Sock Yarn and Red, White and Blue Party Items

My friend Joanne sent me red, white and blue birthday party napkins, cupcake papers, glow bracelets, tiny fairie lights, and some fun hand-dyed sock yarn– labeled You’re a Grand Old Flag. Self striping.   You know how I’ve been into sock knitting this year. 

My being born (is that proper English?)on the Fourth of July inspires her selections. You might remember the cupcake tree she sent one year?  That post has the 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe .

How about those Red white and blue chocolate covered Sunflower seeds? Where do you find this stuff? 

I’m back in Ohio and the kids are coming over to celebrate Monday. We will put the items to good use.

Thanks J. It’s going to be a happy birthday party. Can’t wait to knit the socks. And wear them! 



The Satisfaction of Sock Knitting

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A Handknit Sock

There’s a math to it. The cast on. Count
the multiples of four.
Last year it was hats and cowls.
This year, socks.
I want to try the fish lips kiss heel.

It’s a simple thing. How a sock is knit.
You start with yarn.
Needles as slim as toothpicks.
Terms like toe and gusset and cuff.
My friend says, "it’s too much work."

There’s a rhythm in the repetition.
The making. Clockwise circles.
Some throw, some pick.
Row after row after row.
In time you get length and warmth.

There’s the calm you long for,
around and around and around.
Turn heel for a path to Zen.
You think of those you love.
The grandmother who taught you.

The wet squeezed out,
pairs hang to dry. Later fold
their softness, admire the colors,
ignore imperfections.
Find comfort, hidden in shoes.
My squishy hand knit socks.