You’ll never believe this.
Well, maybe you will.
Still not done those socks yet. And do you know why? I ran out of yarn. AAARRGH!!
Sometimes, I really wish I was one of those anal people that counted every yard spun and kept a notebook of all the details of my spins. You know..what wheel I spun it on…Whether it was worsted or woolen spun…What day I spun it on and corresponding temperature . I’m just not. Sigh. I know there’s a lot of value to that. But when I start spinning or knitting, it’s purely for enjoyment. At least it is for now. So, I just don’t want to have to worry about any of that. Which is why I find myself in my current situation: Not done. So why do I have a huge ball of yarn sitting there? Well, I had to unravel the sock and start over with an eye towards making these afterthought heel socks a heck of a lot smaller. After all, it’s still a challenge. So what if it was a November challenge and it’s almost Christmas?! Yikes.
I really should have known. With a little forethought, I could have remembered that this spin was not really evenly spun and it was a cable yarn using basically around the same amount of ounces I use to spin a standard 2-ply yarn. The yardage was bound to be cut down significantly. That really wouldn’t have taken a notebook. Just some good, old common sense. Duh, Stace.
The problem is I’m still waaaayyyy behind on my Christmas knitting. I really don’t want to have to table another project just to get through Christmas (done that already)…So, I’m extending this project to do a few things. Not only is it going to finally finish off that challenge, but it’s also going to be a Christmas gift for the Girl Child. And since her daddy wants her to have a new pair of Uggs for Christmas, it will be a nice accessory to show off when she takes those boots out for a spin. Let’s hope there are no more hiccups on these between now and then, lol.
To date, I have only completed one (as in, 1) Christmas gift so far and that’s a scarf that I kind of like for myself. I know, I know…
It’s really not my fault. Ever since Weekend Knitting, I’ve loved that super long, very simple, yet very dramatic uptown scarf.
See what I mean? It’s so simple, but lovely in every way. Love that Melanie Falick!
This scarf was made with a bulkier yarn, but kind of comes close in simplicity and I was just thinking…who else in my family would appreciate that besides me? ;) Plus, it’s so soft. I want it (whine).
Instead of gifting that I was thinking, I could attempt to fit one more pair of socks as a gift in after Girl Child’s socks from this book.
Knitted Socks East and West is by Judy Sumner and though I haven’t knit anything from it yet, I definitely will. The photos are gorgeous!
I’ve seen a lot of sock books-and I own quite a few as well, so a sock book has to have some kind of hook for me to want to get another one. This one actually works out because it has a pretty nice idea behind it…All of the socks are based on Japanese stitch patterns and culture. That’s pretty different! Plus, the book is kindle-ized! So, I’m in heaven. We’ll see if I get to try one before the holiday is over.
Speaking of Japanese culture…I decided to put my etsy gifts into rotation for this Christmas. Maybe that will help me gain a little ground on my Christmas knitting? Who am I kidding? Anything would be an improvement on my GTD rate at the moment, lol. One thing I love to do (and you may already know), is wrap my gifts in furoshiki cloths.
It’s an ancient Japanese tradition and a lot greener than buying papers that get torn off and thrown away. They’re a beautiful solution and can be embellished any way you like. If you have the time to try it out this year (here’s a tutorial; here’s an app), make a wrap or two and see how you like it! I know the recipient will LOVE it! My recipients always do.