December 30, 2007

Socks. What Else? More Catching Up.

A lot of pictures this time. Socks just are a good project to knit often and there is so much one can invent, and of course so many awesome patterns that one can find everywhere, just look at http://www.knitty.com/ ! I like knitting in general, any kind of project or design. But socks are portable, light, fun and one can never have enough. Never. Problem is: I give them away all the time, as of today I knitted only two pairs for myself. But that shall change now, I really decided to become a bit more selfish.
The mostly red socks where made for my mother. She has diabetes and can't wear anything tight on her leg, so I knitted a border on to make sure there is plenty of room. They are Clown Socks, colorful and silly. I really enjoyed working on them, and it was a challenge because I don't take notes, I have not learned yet that it would be so much easier to write the steps down and then to knit the second sock after the directions and not struggling to cope. And unfortunately I don't even remember what yarn I used, I did not keep the information as I usually do before I let something sink in the black hole that is my stash...
The other two pairs where knit for my mothers husband Klaus and my little brother Sven. Well, with a EU shoe size of 44-46 I was able to really test how much stamina I have. Klaus is a really big guy, like a big oak. OK, that might sound funny, but he is not just a big guy, he also has the calm and grace of a big oak. Either way, he reminds me of one. Just laugh at me if you like. English is my second language, I am excused.

Sven, my 'little' brother is ten years younger than me, and he now is a very muscular young man. I am very lucky that he is still a bit afraid of me (I was a very mean big sister, tickling him until he could not catch a breath anymore... But then I did take him to the playground every day too...) otherwise it would be pay back time. Shudder, don't let him smell your fear, don't let him smell your fear...
Both men are the only people I know where 100g just won't do for a standard pair of socks.. Klaus uses up at least 160g, to get a decent lenght and comfort, and Sven uses up at least 150g. I talk standard sock yarn here, and 2.5mm needles.

On a different note: I now live in Ostfriesland, also in north-west Germany, really close to the Netherlands. From our living room window we can actually see the lights over there, and the ferry that goes, at least at night when it has all the lights on.
The nature here is very plain, compared to the Rocky Mountains for example, nothing spectacular at first glance. But looking closer I see a beauty that really calms me down, may it be the winter mornings where it seems a bit foggy and the rising sun colors everything pink, or may it be the stormy sea in the spring. The wildflowers or the huge swarms of geese that meet in the thousands to get ready for their trip to a warmer place. There are a lot of farms here and most land has either some grain or cows on it, but the deer and the hawks still are common sights. I just think it is wonderful, and I have yet to take a photo that could show this beauty.


A note: my camera won't let me change the size of the pictures taken. So any close up will be gigantic and fuzzy until I solved this problem...

2 comments:

ambermoggie said...

I love those socks:)

Rosie said...

Those are gorgeous! Glad to see that you've got your "knitting groove" going on! Hope you're feeling ok! Miss you!

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