It’s been a long time since I’ve linked up with Kat and the Unravelers! I’m here to share my reading and knitting for the week. Over the last year I shifted to sharing these posts on Friday, but I’m trying to get into a Wednesday groove again. There won’t be knitting every week, but I hope to keep up with a good mix of stitching.
These are DRK Everyday Socks in KnitPicks Stroll. This has been my go-to pattern for the last 3-4 socks I’ve knit up and I just love it. The 2×2 ribbing around the foot and leg means that it has an extra snug fit and there’s no slippage as the day wears on.
I have to share that there was actual unraveling this week. The unraveling wasn’t necessary: the sock was coming along swimmingly. Instead, imagine this lovely sock in the hands of a 3 year old running across the entire house, stitches popping off the needles before your very eyes. The center pull ball of yarn on the dining table, yarn stretched across three rooms, and my own heart stopping for a beat or two. I know this is the risk I take by doing any sort of stitching with my children around and still – it’s so nice to have something to keep my hands busy while homeschooling in the mornings. It’s wonderful to be able to take out a sock while Bryce reads on his own, finishes a math worksheet, or does some independent writing. It ensures that I don’t rush him off to the next task on the checklist, which is my own natural tendency. So: I remind myself of the risk of accidental unraveling, take a deep breath, and try anyway.
After I finish these socks, I’m planning to cast on for a pair of SOHCAHTOA, designed by Sarah (that’s a Ravelry link). I’m excited to tackle this clever design (the heel is the same whether you knit toe up or top down. I might go a little crazy and try both directions.). I’m also itching to start a Ramble shawl (another Ravelry link), despite knowing that I don’t need another scarf or shawl to stuff in my drawer. But look at those beautiful leaves and the lovely brioche! I can totally picture myself on the couch, cross stitching all set up, and that sweet shawl draped around my shoulders. Talk about cozy!
ON MY BOOKSHELF
I’m still enjoying Kristin Lavransdatter, but decided to take a break from fourteenth century Norway and pick up the second Cork O’Connor, Boundary Waters. The descriptions are painfully dated, but the characters are interesting, the setting is captivating, and the mystery is compelling. Plus, the entire series is available on audio via Libby without a wait, so why not? And finally, I’m still reading a poem or two from Devotions almost every night before falling asleep.
It’s fun checking in mid-week because there’s still so much to look forward to. I hope to be back on Friday with another post, but it might be too much of a push for me. So if I don’t make it, then I hope you have a great week and wonderful weekend!
The yarn you are using in your socks is a lovely shade. Hopefully all will be well with them.
Love the socks, the way your knitting helps with not rushing…and then the way you embrace unraveling. Such meaningful lessons elegantly slipped into an everyday story.
Love your socks Katie and such interesting books you’re reading too.
If it makes you feel any better, I have created the same sort of unraveling by catching my project on my clothing when I get up out of my “office” chair — no 3-year-old needed! When that sort of thing happens, I remind myself that I *like* knitting, so if I have to do a little more unexpectedly, it’s not the end of the world.
I’m very excited to see the socks you knit from my pattern and am totally behind the plan for one sock of the pair knit each way!
I, too, like the way knitting slows you down. As for the unraveling…frustrating, of course, but what is unraveled can be knit again. More lessons in patience?
I love the image of you sitting and listening during school, knitting in hand! What a lovely picture!
versus… the “joy” of knitting with young children who are determined to do a bit of unraveling for you! Oy… 🙂
Love your socks! That is so funny, your description of your three year old running around the house unraveling as he/she goes! So cute.
Pretty socks! My daughter has that same unraveling thing with her little boys – ugh. I filled my bookstore card so I used my reward to buy that Mary Oliver book yesterday. Thanks for the recommendation
Those socks are so pretty and I’m sure the Stroll held up fine to its adventure 🙂 also, I don’t think any knitter can have too many scarves or shawls. Especially when the process of making them is so full of delight.
Well I’ll try again. My first comment wouldn’t post. I also like a ribbed sock for the snug fit. I love the picture of you with knitting in your hands during homeschooling. You have a wonderful positive attitude about the unraveling that happens now and again with kids at home.