Keeping a record

Late last year I started up a little notebook for my knitting – socks. This year I realized that I should use it for all my projects because why not?

I am a big fan of taking a copy of my purchased pattern or magazine. I mark up the copy with my changes, or make sure that I can figure out where I am if I need to put the project aside. Because I had transitioned from doing other’s patterns for socks to basically doing my own (or redoing ones that I have done before ) marking up a copy didn’t work anymore. Hence the little book.

It is a nice small size; something that fits easily into my knitting bag, or in my small purse. It has a built-in elastic band that keeps the book from flopping open in my bag or purse. I can also use it to mark the page when I am knitting so I don’t have to search around when I need to refer back to my notes.

Here it is, open to my page of notes for this one red sock:

one red sock

On the cover of this little book is a pretty green background with purple flowers and a quote from Buddha, "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."

I guess I am making the world into one big sock! *grin*


Two Sets and a Start

I finished my pink socks aka shrimp socks.

Shrimp Socks

Then finished a set I had started before the holiday season started.

Jawoll - purple and black

I used the reinforcing thread that came with the sock yarn to beef up the toes and heels. I don’t know if I will ever do that again – it is kind of hard-going when doing the short row heels – having to p3tog or k3tog with that extra yarn make me a bit crabby – and worried that I might snap a needle. If I try out reinforcing again, I will probably use wooly nylon instead.

I am still on a major need red things urge/crave. I bought some lovely solid red sock yarn at Borealis Yarns the best place for sock yarn. Bought some red and orange Cherry Tree Hill there too, but forgot to photo it so that will have to wait.

Here is a start of a new pair:
Red Socks

The shrimp socks are just a bit loose. But they are exactly the same CO as the purple/black ones. I figure it is because the Ridged Feather pattern (Jawoll and a ton of the other socks I have done) tightens up a bit because of the skewing wave pattern. The shrimp socks don’t have much undulating action going on. Now the red ones are very wavy. I like them and I hope they will fit. They do have some pesky k4tog that I have decided to make into a k2tog, k2tog and slip the first k2tog stitch over the 2nd. It is much easier going, and I don’t notice the difference much and folks they are only socks. I found the stitch pattern in the book:
101 ripple stitches: Knit and crochet.

I found a bunch to try out in socks. I love feather and fan and other ripple type stitch patterns. I am really wanting to do a ripple afghan like the ones on these sites.

I don’t want anything too heavy, so worsted is out of the question. DK weight is cool, and god/dess knows has some. But I am really liking the idea of doing one using all the colors of KnitPicks’ fingering weight yarn called Palette. I have a some already, so I might start hooking up a couple rows so I can determine if it would work, if I like it and how much I would need.



I finished 2 scarves for the red scarf project (button on the side bar). I think they turned out nice. Decided to make a wrapper/label with the care instructions on the backside. That took a bit of doing, because the scarves ended up being a bit thick, but then my noodle turned out and I realized I could wrap just part of it, and still make a tight fold to get them into the box.

Here they are, ready for their journey to warm two people’s necks:

red scarves by zenknit

There has been some really good discussion online on blogs about knitting for charity. Of course, people are split on this topic – those that feel that one should knit for charity, those that do it because they want/like to do it, those that don’t because they feel strongly about it for their own reasons, etc.

I guess I want to get my 2 cents in. I knit for causes because I want to, because it pleases me, and because I can. I choose organizations that touch me. Yes I know that sometimes knitting vs. just sending money seems kind of silly. Sometimes I don’t have the money for a donation, but I do have lots of time, a lot of yarn and a desire to connect with the recipient. I try to make nice objects that will appeal to a wide range of people, or at least something that I would like. I think nice thoughts while I am knitting the items to infuse them with a bit of love energy, because I am working on compassionate action as part of my spiritual work. I hope the recipients feel the good vibe. But if they don’t that is okay too. It does make me feel good to do nice things and I think that feeling good about doing good is fine. Practicing love is always a good thing, and I cannot begin to want to judge other people’s intent in their own practice (life).

Loving my family members is easy (for the most part *grin*). Loving my Dad is especially easy because he is just one of those good guys. WT and I went over to Mom and Dad’s house (where Chaachi and Vim live too) to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday.

Just a bit of cake and ice cream and a few gifts. We are running out of ideas of what to get Dad and Mom, for that matter. Here he is opening up a great gift from Chaachi, a police-band/weather scanner.

WT and I gave him a gift certificate to Half Price Books. Dad reads a lot of books. Chaachi and I are always snooping around for free books that are placed in coffeehouses and such, ala It is just nice to take some time and choose a big pile to read and not have to be hemmed in by price.

WT and Dad really enjoy each other – which is such a blessing for me. No tense in-law moments in our home.

Vim is in the background trying to figure out the scanner. Before we went home Spencer got a chance to give Dad a birthday hug too.

He likes to wrap his paws around people’s legs/feet. It is usually very deliberate, and we believe that he knows what he is doing. He is a Reiki healing therapy dog and very bright.

More knitting! I finished my Foxy Lady scarf. Here is a funny self-portrait; trying to get a photo of the scarf in action:

At least it shows the color a bit more true. Here is another that shows more detail:

I am still in my February=Red mood. Working on that pair of pink socks for me. Using the stitch pattern from this sock pattern called Little Shell Socks. The sock yarn is Trekking XXL and is very regularly striped, which is unusual for Trekking. There are parts of the yarn that have a very shrimp or sushi look, and with the shell pattern I am going to call them my shrimp socks.