I think I've been bitten by the sock bug because as soon as I cast off my Rainbow Brite socks, I cast on another sock. This pair is a moody gray, so I'm calling them the Dark and Stormy socks. They're for my husband who prefers his socks a little more subtle than I like mine. I worried I might get bored knitting these solemn socks, so last night I cast on a pair of sunshine-colored Kalajoki. I told you I've got the bug!
I just finished reading Genesis by Bernard Beckett for my work's book club. It's the story of a post-apocalyptic world and how it came to be (hence genesis). The story is structured as an oral exam the main character must pass to enter the Academy; she narrates the history of her world. It's a little book, only 150 pages, and a fast read, but it lingers. I went to bed thinking about it and woke up still trying to sort it out.
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I hope you're having a lovely week! What have you been making and reading?
This is my new favorite spot: my big comfy chair. The seat is large enough to curl up in, and there's enough sunlight and lamplight to read and knit. Plus, it's right next to the radio and record player. I'm content to listen most of the time, but lately the radio station has been playing songs that make me dance. Here are a few of my current favorites:
I'm a child of the late '80s and early '90s. The coolest outfit I owned in kindergarten was a New Kids on the Block t-shirt paired with black and neon spandex shorts. I watched the Muppet Babies and Fraggle Rock. I roller skated to "U Can't Touch This" and "Ice Ice Baby" at the local rink. So, when I saw this rainbow sock yarn, I immediately knew I had to make Rainbow Brite socks. Oh yeah.
They're my first finished pair of fingering weight socks. I love them! They're so darn bright and cheerful. Perfect for thwarting Murky and Lurky's evil plans to rid the world of color...Sorry...I got caught up in my Rainbow Brite fantasy for a moment. They are the most fun socks I own, though.
And they'd look great with some spandex and a NKOTB shirt, right?
This week my hands are busy knitting my second rainbow sock. Those stripes and cheerful colors help me keep my momentum. I hope that I'll have a new pair of socks to wear this weekend.
If you like weird books (I know I do!), check out It Chooses You. It's a book Miranda July came up with while procrastinating. Instead of revising a screenplay, she began interviewing people who placed ads in the PennySaver. She met a motley crew and shares their infinitely interesting stories and photos in this book. I read it on the bus and couldn't help wondering what stories the other passengers would tell if I asked. I didn't ask, though. I've got a policy of only talking to fellow knitters on the bus. They seem the most harmless.
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Do you talk to strangers? Have you met anyone interesting lately?
I've finally put my snow dreams to rest for the season. Instead I've turned my thoughts to spring--digging in the dirt, identifying the mysterious green shoots sprouting in my backyard, and crafting with colorful yarn.
Last weekend I went to the craft store to look for sewing and jewelry-making supplies to make a Scalloped Dresden bag and cross stitched jewelry. Unfortunately, I couldn't find all of the supplies for either project. Sometimes when I go to big craft stores, I get overwhelmed looking at all of the supplies and end up in the yarn aisle. The yarn aisle comforts me. I know what to do with yarn. So that's what happened last weekend. I came out of the store with a giant bag of yarn and no sewing or jewelry supplies. Again.
As soon as I got home, I broke out my crochet hook and dug into that bag of yarn. An indoor garden soon bloomed as these crocheted flowers flew off my hook. The African Flower Hexagon pattern is quick to learn and easy to memorize. This crocheted garden is a lot less work than the actual garden I'm planning!
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What are you up to these days? I'm hoping to fill my Sunday with working in the yard, making cheese, baking bread, browsing at the thrift store, knitting socks, crocheting flowers, and cleaning up the house. Even if I only check a couple of these things off the list, I'll be happy.
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I also want to say that my thoughts are with the people affected by the strong tornadoes that ripped through the area this week. The scenes of destruction look unreal, and I can't fathom how much hard work and resilience it will take for the people and towns to recover. I'm so grateful Louisville did not get hit by the storms. I hope you are safe and happy wherever you are!