Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Friendliness of Socks

I've gone back to knitting socks after just over a week off. During that time, I progressed on my EZ Aran (yes, still from the month of January in her Knitters' Almanac), and made a 'mistake rib' scarf from some of the yarn donated to the church knitting group.

But my Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose & Knickerbocker Stockings arrived this week, along with Favorite Socks, and I got back on the sock wagon. I've started a pair of lace-and-cable kilt stockings from the front cover of the former, and am still trying to make up my mind what to tackle from the latter, as I need to pick a pair to make for the guild sock exchange.

In addition to my kilt stockings, which are in a wonderful purple cotton, intended to be worn in Scotland in May, I am finishing a pair of grey cabled socks and a pair of blue lace ones -- both to be given away.

There is something gentle and rhythmic about a simple sock pattern that soothes the soul, and mine seems to continue to need soothing these Lenten days. So I sit in the evening with a bit of baroque or celtic music in the background, sipping scotch and knitting socks.

Soon it will be spring.

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