J and I spent the weekend camping in Arkansas, which was a much needed excursion. Aside from enjoying some peace and quiet and geeking out over minute details of the natural world as I often do (hikes sometimes take twice as long as they should because I constantly stop and look at things.... I'm married to a very patient man)..... I also picked up a project that I have not worked on in quite some time, the Baudelaire sock from Knitty's Summer 2006 issue. I have a couple of things about this project: First, SHAME ON ME for taking so long to complete this. I started this thing in the winter of 2010. Of course, it was my very first sock and I probably could have chosen something a little less intricate for that milestone. Honestly though, it's been sitting there all by its lonesome on my knitting shelf like so many other projects that I start. I'm so bad about this! (There is a beautiful Berrocco tunic in Lustra all knitted up and just waiting to be seamed together, abandoned for almost a year. ugh) However, I finished the first sock on our camping trip and am about to start the heel of the second so it should be done in the next day or two!
Secondly, WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME for not trying to knit socks sooner? They are fast, fun, the yarn is always gorgeous and they feel amazing! I had an aversion to wearing shoes in my college days, so this may be part of the reason but now that I work outside a lot and need close toed shoes, I see the value in a nice sock. As soon as that first finished sock went on my foot I had an instantaneous vision of myself lazing about watching Harry Potter or what-have-you on my couch wearing these ridiculously comfortable and beautiful socks! Of course, some slippers might need to be thrown into the mix there because (at least for now) I don't want to walk around in them on my wood floor that hardly ever stays clean for more than a day after I mop it. Needless to say, I am now addicted to socks! It's a good thing too, because I have a few skeins of sock yarn in my stash that I bought simply because the colors were too tempting to pass up (and probably spent a little more than I would have otherwise). Plus, most of my socks have holes in them now, so there you go! Win-win, right?
Here are a couple of insta-photos of sock number one and sock number two in progress. I'll get some more after I finish the second one.... and don't be surprised if you see a new sock project go up soon after this one is completed.
I have a couple of feature ideas for the blog that I may be trying out soon, just to get things a little more structured. For now, I will leave you with these: