OK.... I've been pretty deep lately. No apologies because that's been real. I'm now in a much improved head space and have been able to let go of what was, and what might have been, so that I can turn my eyes toward what is and a new direction for the future. I have no more guilt, and no regrets about my decision. It's the right thing and even though the next little while will continue to be very difficult I know that I have set my feet on the right path.
Now then..... Olympic knitting anyone?
I've been working on a pair of socks for Frog. The pattern is Diamond Gansey Socks(Rav link) by Wendy Johnson and I'm using SandnesGarn "Sisu" in grey. The pattern is written for two circs but I'm doing them on my usual dpns. It took several tries, but I finally managed to do the toe up version of a slip stitch heel. Heels are magic. I think these socks are quite lovely. Right now I'm three repeats and ribbing away from finishing the first sock. I'm not at all sure that the single ball will make it that far, in fact I'm fairly certain it won't. I think men's ankle socks tend to look a bit silly (unless they're athletic socks worn with shorts); so I'll go ahead and join the second ball to make sure that the leg is long enough to balance Frog's freakishly long foot (he is, after all, a Frog). It's inexpensive yarn so I don't mind picking up a 3rd ball if I need to.
I've worn through two pairs of my own socks in rapid succession so I'd like to replace them too. My Ravelry queue has a long list of beautiful, intricate socks that I'd love to have and my stash is full of lovely sock yarn but I don't think though that I have the mental wherewithall for complicated cables and lace. I'd like a pair of simple socks, maybe another of Wendy's gansey patterns at most made from something delicious.
Wendy's book, Socks from the Toe-Up,has instructions for different heels and toes that I've never tried. Earlier this week I broke down and ordered two sets of tiny circulars, and a few other bits, thinking that I'd like to try socks on two circulars for the first time. I always do a PGR short row heel on toe-up socks but I find these other heels quite intriguing. I also use that Eastern European/Turkish cast-on nearly all the time, but Wendy's instructions for other techniques are so clearly written they tempt me to try something new. I use EZ's sewn cast off all the time as well, but Wendy has several other stretchy cast off techniques that beg to be attempted.
Here's my Olympic knitting goal then: finish the Diamond Gansey's for Frog (who truly deserves a lovely pair of handknit socks) and make a pair of socks for myself using FOUR new knitting techniques, socks on two circs, Judy's magic cast-on, gusset heel and a cast-off to be determined later. The Gansey's have a toe-up slip stitch heel which is also new to me so I'm counting that a FIFTH new technique. I think that's a worthy Olympic knitting challenge.
What's your Olympic knitting challenge?
Edited to add: While my faith in romance is shaken, my life remains filled with love and I wish everyone a lovely Valentine's day.