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So, the other night, I decided I didn’t have nearly enough hand knit socks. But, with all the baby knits and other WIPs, I was just not up to the 8-10sts/in gauge, so I threw these on the needles and was completely done in just 2 days! I’m thrilled with how they turned out!
This was an original design, made out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. It’s a bit scratchy for my taste, but since the yarn was leftover from another project, it made the whole affair supper cheap. I used the new increase I “discovered” in my last post. I really like the effect. I think I’m smitten with worsted weight socks in a 5 sts/in gauge, and my brain is exploding with other 2-day-sock ideas. There is just something magical about sitting down to watch TV and in two episodes, you’ve made it through the leg and part of the heel. I also just got some super cute mary janes from Crocs, that will show of handknit socks very well. It’s time to do some stocking up!
Pattern to follow in a week or so!
Well, it finally looks like I’ll get to watch Return to Cranford. I had to work for a majority of the last two weekends. This weekend, I don’t foresee that happening. I absolutely can’t wait to cuddle up and knit Cranford (the cardi) and watch Cranford (the movie) at the same time! It’s been a very, very long week or two and I’m really looking forward to the mini break.
And to top off my rejoicing… Masterpiece Theater is releasing a new Emma! The first two installments have already played. There is still one more episode airing on Sunday night if you don’t happen to be watching the SuperBowl. I will be watching it will about 30 teenagers at our Church and their families. Luckily, that will translate to some nice knitting time. One or two of the teenagers there knit too and have about as much interest in football as I do. But hey, I am interested in Chili, and there will be plenty of that!
Knitting and Cranford on Saturday, Knitting and Chili on Sunday. I’m going to be a happy woman. 🙂
So last night had high hopes and aspirations to make lots more progress on Cranford. Part of that progress included posting pictures here of my swatching. But that’ll have to wait till the weekend, I fear. I have knit just under 5 inches of the body all the way around. Considering that the sweater will be around 25 inches long from shoulder to hip, that means that I’ve done a sizable fraction of it. I’ve hit the raised lace pattern so no mindless knitting for me.
This is my current mindless knitting… recognize it? That is the gorgeous chilean yarn featured in my blog header so picturesequely with the sock DPNs sticking out. Araucania Ranco Multy. (BTW… I can no longer write the word “picturesque”, without laughing over that chapter in Anne of the Island, when she’s riding with that woman that pronouces it as “picture-skew”.)
Its hard for me to believe that a sock, for me, is mindless knitting. I remember almost crying over several sock patterns trying to wrap my mind around the concept of a heel. I have no idea how many heels I’ve torn out. But after years of thinking I would never learn, my Aunt gave me confidence… and with a little help from Holly Shaltz I finally figured it out… now I rarely use a pattern, especially if the socks are pretty basic. And with yarn like this? Who wants to muddy up the beauty with a lace pattern you’ll have to fix 204 times before you’re done.
Cranford pictures will come, I promise.
A couple Saturdays ago, I had the extreme pleasure of sitting for 5 straight hours enjoying the enchantments of “Cranford”, for which this blog is named, and doing some rather in depth design work. This is one of those times when it is just wonderful to be behind the curve. I just barely got a chance to watch this after having borrowed it from my sister for over two months. Now, literally a week later, I find this. “Return to Cranford” was just released on Masterpiece Classic. You can watch the full episodes online until the middle of February. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Two new episodes of Cranford, and a box of yarn in the mail. *Sigh* I just can’t describe the peace an afternoon with a good movie to knit by can bring, and these days, peace is a very precious commodity.
Life is a bit rough at the moment… stress is high, emotions of me and others unpredictable. I am so very, very thankful that God in his mercy gives us the little things, like Cranford and knitting, as little sources of grace with which to handle the more complicated things of life.
When I was first introduced to the fiber world by an impromptu visit to a yarn shop in Cape May with my Aunt Cheryl, I was at once thrilled and devastated. I could no longer be satisfied with knitting with all the affordable acrylic at the craft store and was now driven to knit with fibers costing 4+ times as much.
I have since discovered numerous ways to save pennies here an there in my knitting while still enjoying comfortable and quality fiber. It’s become almost a little game, finding sales, finding ways to stretch and use yarn, picking patterns that use less, designing for patterns that use less.
So when I was watching my latest Elizabeth Gaskell movie, “Cranford”, I was enchanted by their little motto in the town… Elegant Economy. So the title of my blog was born.