Monday, May 10, 2010

New Horizons

My plan for Mother's Day went well, although next year I must remember to clean the entire house (and not just the bathrooms) in preparation for my big day. It was hard to relax with all the clutter around. Also, I had to kill a centipede while Larry was out. I left the carcass for him to dispose of, however.

I did succeed in pulling out all my yarn stash and rearranging it and putting it all away again. I also untangled my half-finished projects, sorted my needles, and emptied out all my knitting bags.

(Believe it or not, non-knitters, this was a fun activity. I've been looking forward to it. And, I found a York Peppermint Patty in one of the bags. Bonus!)

You see, I have big plans this week, my friends, BIG plans. As soon as my size 0 40" circulars arrive (in 4-5 business days), I am going to learn to knit socks 2-at-a-time from the toe up.

I know! You're as excited as I am, I'm sure.

So! After opening the chocolate Larry gave me this morning (and duly sharing it with some very greedy children), I went to the bookstore where, pretending my beloved had bought me a gift card, I procured this book.

I feel as if a whole new life awaits me. A life where I can actually finish more than one pair of socks a year...a life where my stash of sock yarn will diminish to the point of my being justified in buying more...a life, in fact, where I might actually deliver on my year-old promise of a pair of homemade socks for my sweet, trusting 7-year-old daughter.

In short? A life without shame...

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10 comments:

  1. Hi there, Id like to get into socks too. They sound like theyd be easily finished (= good for moms). My other 'thing' is cup cozies. Who brews anything in a teapot these days? So I started making mini-tea cozies for my friends, so they will never have a cup of coffee go cold again. Short, easy, not much yarn required. xx

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  2. Good luck with the socks. Don't forget to tell your beloved how pleased you were with the gift he bought for you.

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  3. I was never so happy as when I figured out that magic loop business, and magically knit TWO SOCKS AT THE SAME TIME, producing a finished pair! I happily went on to knit... no others.

    Seriously, I don't know why, but I went right back to knitting socks toe up, but one at a time, on dpns. Not sure what's wrong with me. Maybe I'll get back to it? In the mean time, my socks must patiently wait for their mates to be completed.

    I wish your socks a better fate.

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  4. Two at a time? From the toe up? Sounds like voodoo.

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  5. Please let us know what happens...and would you, in your wildest teenage dreams, have thought this was the wondrous life that awaited you? Purchasing "knitting 2 socks at a time from the toe up" from bookstores?

    Life is a wonderful thing....it gives us what we never ever would've imagined for ourselves.

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  6. That sounds like such a perfect day!

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  7. And go you, for trying new techniques! I've never gotten very far with magic loop- I'm too attached to my straight needles.

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  8. I just want to learn how to knit a scarf (or 10)!

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  9. Did you also receive a huge bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream for mother's day? Using up all of your yarn? That's WAY more optimistic than I can muster these days... Glad to hear that Your Day went well.

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  10. Carol G.May 12, 2010

    An imposing countess in War and Peace knit two socks at a time -- one INSIDE the other. To casual observers she was just knitting one, and then she cast off and presto-change-o, pulled out its twin. It's some sort of double knitting that allows for NO mistakes, so it's not such a great method for those who like to knit drunk. Not that I'm saying you drink hard liquor when you're alone with your stash. I'm not actually saying that.

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