Friday, February 3, 2023

Sock Knitting Progress & What's in my knit jars?

 So, today's post idea was to show the progress on my socks that I've been working on since the beginning of the year.  I'm running short on time, so no photos today.  The socks are coming along but not very quickly or neatly, I'm afraid.  The rainbow striped socks with WYS yarn that I'm working TAAT using Magic Loop are the ones I've been working on most.  The royal blue tweed Stroll socks are also TAAT using ML, but those haven't been worked on in a couple weeks because they are at the gusset decreases and I need to pay attention to what I'm doing as I decrease every other round on 2 socks at the same time.  The rainbow socks are a bit of a disappointment right now because I used the Shadow Wrap short row heel for the first time, and while it was easy to do, I ended up with holes on one side of each foot for some reason.  I don't really care if they have holes - I'm not that much of a perfectionist when it comes to knitting - but it's a disappointment none-the-less.  Those are the socks I've been bringing with me when I go out of the house to knit on because it's just even knitting now that the heels are done.  My socks in progress live in large yarn jars I got from Joann's years ago.  I have the 2 cakes of yarn, stitch markers, yarn snips, a crochet hook and a darning needle in each one.  On the side, I've marked a piece of Washi Tape with ruler measurements up to 6" so that I can measure the socks without a tape measure, and I wrote out the Kitchner grafting instructions on sticker paper and stuck that to the outside as well, since I have to reference it to get started every stinkin' time I close a toe and I was sick of looking it up in the notes app of my iPhone every time.  This is the most organized I've ever been when it comes to having a self-contained project, and it's worked for the past 3 or 4 pairs of socks I've worked.  I have 2 of these large jars set up.  I'm not sure if they still sell them anywhere, since they have been discontinued from time to time, I think because they've changed manufacturers or colors.  I've gotten them on clearance at least once or twice.  In the past, I've gotten these yarn jars to hold large skeins like Red Heart Super Saver acrylic but then the problem becomes what do you do with the project you're knitting or crocheting with the yarn in the jar?  I suppose if you're just using the jar to keep the yarn away from kids or pets, it's fine to use at home.  But I like to take my projects with me when I go out.  I don't get funny looks and rarely get asked what I'm working on anymore.  I take my socks to knit while waiting in restaurants, or while Dan is driving us somewhere.  I will get a couple hours in tomorrow when we head to Bristol Mountain to ski.  

I thought I was going to get some knitting time today, since I have a late start at work today.  Yesterday I had appointments right up until I started work at 1:30pm.  Today I don't have appointments but finally got a small windfall from a work bonus we were promised many months ago and was surprised to see the deposit finally in my account this morning, so I'm heading to the store to buy long sleeved t-shirts to wear at work since they changed the dress code and I just found out that my usual company jacket and my black thermals are both out of dress code.  I'm not allowed to wear my company jacket anymore, and my long sleeved t-shirts under my scrubs have to be either white or navy blue.  I'm not sure who decided navy blue was a good look under royal blue scrubs, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, I guess.  I'd already replaced my heavy thermal black Cuddle Duds shirts with thinner black thermal shirts from Costco in the fall.  Now I have to replace them again with white.  Which will be dingy lookin in no time, I'm sure.  Normally buying clothing would be a no-spend rule breaker, but for work uniforms I've decided it's okay.  I thought I would be able to buy them in a bulk package in the men's department of a big box store, but I'm not seeing that option online, so I'm heading to the craft stores to see if I can get a better price there.  I may also look thru the furniture at Hobby Lobby while I'm there for a drawer unit to use as a nightstand. There is one I've had my eye on for quite a while but couldn't justify the splurge.  Now that I've got a few extra bucks from my hard-earned bonus, I would like to buy at least one thing to remember it with.  

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