Sunday, September 4, 2011

Come Blog Along Pattern 02 Post 06


Knitting on the Road: Canada Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby

There's an old Chinese proverb that I'm sure you're familar with: better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. For the last few weeks I've been cursing the darkness. I've struggled to make any progress with this second sock because the light in my living room was insufficient to see the intricate stitches of this pattern clearly with this dark yarn.

Suddenly it occurred to me to sit on the other side of the living room in the Barca Lounger usually reserved for company. Doh! The recliner is directly below a bank of pot lights providing light from above and behind the person sitting there. Perfect!

With a handful of productive hours of knitting this week, I've turned the heel of the second sock and made good progress on the foot. And I'm confident that I can finish the sock before the end of the holiday Monday and get started on pattern #3. Much better than cursing the darkness, isn't it!?!

16 comments:

Marsha said...

Yea! Your sock is almost there. So glad you solved your "lighting" issue. Can't wait to see your progress next week.

Did I say how much I love that color of yarn? I love the rich, dark, colors even though they can be a challenge to work on.

Dee said...

At least it's more PRODUCTIVE than cursing the darkness. Now whether it's more FUN --- curse you darkness.

Chrisknits said...

Too funny! I find my living room light wonderful for knitting. Until one of the down lights went out. It took me a bit of time before I realized I could just slide down the sofa end where the other corner light was still burning!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I have a tall torchiere lamp that has a smaller adjustable lamp coming out this side - it's perfect for aiming right at my knitting.

Faith said...

Your sock looks very impressive and it is amazing isn't how often the solution is right there all along. Showing my ignorance, do you make the sock on that 'former thing' or is that just when you put it down?

Tonya said...

That is funny. Love the sock. Great partnership of colour and pattern. You are in the home stretch now.

Evelyn said...

Hmmm... maybe I should get a recliner, too!! : )

Happy Knitting!

Sandy said...

Glad you thought about lighting a candle. I too move about the room for light, particularly when working with dark yarn. It's really coming along.

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Woo hoo - lovely sockage!

Looking great
x

goodpurlgonebad said...

I know that problem well. It took a trip to Cornwall before I really got the hang of my Babette colours, and I now don't choose colours after dark as some of them look so different under the low-energy bulbs we have here. I'm glad that you sorted lighting so quickly and productively!

itstartedwithruby said...

haha glad you've "seen the light" and are making progress now - looking forward to seeing them finished :)

Just-in said...

I just love all the socks you make!

Liz said...

The socks looking great! I have one of those daylight craft lamps for working with fiddly jewellery and things - and taking photos :D

Keri said...

Great sock! Love the colour.

Dorothy said...

Ah .. a lightbulb moment !! You'll have that other sock finished in no time.

Ruth said...

Rofl I'm so glad to see someone has these moments just like me.
I am loving the colour of the socks and I've no doubt they will be finished on time. You can't ever underestimate the importance of lighting.