Sunday, February 25, 2018

Year of Projects 7: Week 35

  • Yaacov Socks - using Lang Jawoll Magic Dégradé, 60% complete
  • Gschnitztal Socks - ripping and restarting in Tanis Purple Label Cashmere sock in papaya  
I missed posting last week because of computer problems. Just one problem really: my computer would not boot up. Most of last weekend was spent sorting that out.

• restart ... would not boot
• restart with all unnecessary peripherals disconnected ... would not boot
• restart in Safe Mode ... would not boot
• restart in Recovery Mode, run Disk Utilities to scan for and repair errors ... would not boot
• restart in Recovery Mode, reset PRAM and SMC ... would not boot
• restart in Recovery Mode, run Tech Tools Pro to scan for and repair errors ... would not boot
• restart in Recovery Mode, re-install operating system software from App Store ... would not boot
• restart in Recovery Mode, take a deep breath, ERASE DISK, and restore everything from Time Machine Back-up.... WOOHOO ... THAT WORKED!!!

Clicking "ERASE DISK" and "CONTINUE" felt like stepping off a cliff, but there was nothing else left to try so que sera, sera... Thank goodness for the online Apple Support communities that give me suggestions about what to try and how to go about it. And thank goodness that I had a complete current Time Machine Back Up on an external drive to restore. I won't be nonchalant about my back ups again; lesson learned!

The hours watching disk utilities check my hard drive sector by sector were a mix of stress and tedium - time better spent knitting than worrying about what could go wrong and what was left to try. So I spent a lot of time last weekend knitting my Mojo Socks which were exactly the sort of mindless knitting to fill the stressful hours perfectly.

The pattern is a mix of horizontal and vertical ribbing which creates some very interesting distortions in the fabric. The horizontal ribs pull together across the instep and shin, whereas the vertical ribs pull in around the instep and leg. To make things a bit more interesting, the direction of the ribbed sections is reversed from the left sock to the right sock for fraternal socks. No doubt about it, the socks look downright weird off my feet - like some crazy kind of poodle cut or topiary - but when worn, they stretch in every direction to fit and feel great! Yeah, I love these socks!

The yarn is some unknown stash yarn that I inherited from someone else's stash, although I'd guess that it's a Merino-Cashmere-Nylon blend. The cake was 120 grams, so I knit both socks toe-up to use every last inch. Hurray for socks with long legs!

By Tuesday my computer problems were resolved, my Mojo socks were done and I was back to knitting my Yaacov Socks. It's Sunday afternoon now and the plan is to finish these by end of day Wednesday in time for the deadline for the 2018 Paper Bag Project Year Long KAL on Ravelry. Can I do it? Not sure, but I'm going to give it my best effort. It'd be a shame to strike out in the second month of a twelve month KAL. Working in my favour is that I'm home alone - Gavin's in Nicaragua on a surf vacation - and the forecast is for strong winds, chilly temperatures and drizzle... stay inside and knit weather, in other words. Also time to catch up on all those Netflix titles that Gavin won't watch, starting with The Crown.

One way or another my Yaacov Socks will be done by next week's update so I'll have more to say about them then. But once the second Yaacov sock is done, all my WIPs will be complete and I'll have to cast on new projects! On Thursday I'll open up my mystery Paper Bag for March and cast on that. Also my HiyaHiya Sharp DPNs finally arrived so Gschnitztal might also be cast on next week.


Gracey is not my name.... said...

I love those Mojo socks! Might have to try them

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They look great!

We've had to do a few complete reinstalls (on PCs) before... it takes a loooong time and it's certainly not fun!

Marsha said...

The Mojo socks are perfect. Those Yaacov look complicated but gorgeous.

Glad you were able to get your computer back up and running. How scary to think you might loose everything.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty socks! I love that vibrant purple of the Mojo socks.

As for the computer ...........glad you could get it going again.

Becki said...

How fun are those Mojo socks! So funny looking unstretched, so beautiful on your feet (and legs). I can't wait to see what you cast on next, Lynn! Checking in here is like visiting a sock boutique. Always something beautiful and interesting on you needles (or feet).

Lucy Bowen said...

I'm glad your computer is feeling better! Love the mojo socks, I've added them to my queue.

Sam I Am...... said...

Bravo for you on the pc resolution! Which reminds me I need to do a backup...yep! Okay, those Mojo socks look so comfortable I think I will try them. They look almost like they have a life of their own when they are left alone off your foot! LOL! You had me at 'comfort'.....that's my middle name. If I had to chose between Nicaragua and a cabin in the North woods with stormy weather and plenty of yarn guess what I would chose? Ha! Ha! Love your other socks and good luck with your finish for'll make always do! You're very good at pacing so much....too many animal and weather related interruptions or could it be I am just scatter brained? Who MOI? I have sock yarn coming and can't wait....I have to always have a pair going....they are my security blanket as an adult. Enjoy your quiet, cozy, knitting time!