Sunday, November 20, 2016

Year of Projects 6: Week 21


Just a handful of rounds before I cut the two main yarns and start the toe of the second sock. I'm still infatuated with these socks and have already gone stash-diving to select the next bunch of yarn leftovers for vanilla sock treatment. As you can see in the photo, there's a ridge where I've changed yarns at the end of one round to the beginning of the next, but I'm pretty sure this will block out with the first wash and wear. It's a super comfy sock and the bright colours are a nice contrast to the grey windy winter weather that's arrived. I'm hoping to finish up this pair in the next day or two and get started on the next. But before I do that, I'd like to finish sock number two of my Thornfield socks - they've been neglected for the past week or more.

I was in Ottawa for the last few days and had a chance to finally meet Anita, an extraordinary good-hearted knitter who started and manages the Warm Hands Network. She is an inspiration. Over breakfast and coffee she showed me photos of one of her contacts in the northern communities she serves - a woman who organized and administers the only two shelters in Iqaluit... and she stressed the urgent need for socks. How lucky I am to enjoy knitting gorgeous yarn donations into much needed and valued socks for entire communities of knit-worthy kids and adults! Depending on the weather and driving conditions, I'm already planning another road trip to attend one of the upcoming packing nights at Anita's house in Ottawa. It'd be fun to meet the whole crew! 

At the same time I've cast on some secret Christmas knitting. At the moment it's cute and fun, but it shows every sign of becoming a fiddly nuisance in a hurry... particularly as the next steps are intarsia. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So that's what I'll be doing for the next week or more. Have a great week and for those of you in Ontario (and possibly northern US too?) enjoy the season's first snow!

9 comments:

Marsha said...

Loving your "scrappy" socks. Can't wait to see the next ones you do. Your meeting Anita is so sweet. Proud of all these crafter that craft for charity. Your secret knitting looks interesting. I'm liking the colors.

Lucy Bowen said...

Ohh secret Christmas knitting!! Can't wait to see. The socks are gorgeous, what beautiful colours.

Cyra said...

Fabulous socks. They look so cozy too.
The secret knitting sounds intriguing, can't wait to see that.

Dee said...

I'm guessing that line will block out just fine and if it doesn't, they are still great looking socks!

Can't wait to see the mystery knitting. Looks festive so far.

Becki said...

Love your socks and can't wait to see the finished Christmas project you're working on - when it's no longer a secret I suppose. ;)

diannamcheck said...

That is so awesome you are giving the socks to those in need.

Stefanie Ng said...

I love those greens. It's lovely how you got to meet Anita and how inspiring it was to be around that energy.

Breathing Life said...

love the colour of your socks and the length! I am not motivated this year to even think about Christmas knitting (or shopping), but yay to you for starting a secret Christmas project.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Those yarns are so well paired!