They're done! This is the first pair of fingering-weight socks I've made (and kept) for myself. The self-patterning yarn was incredibly fun and motivating to knit, since I could always convince myself to knit to the next color. One of my favorite parts of the project was manipulating the yarn so that the second sock matched, which wasn't difficult by any means, but took a bit intentionality. They fit well, and if you're curious about the details, you can check out my Ravelry page. However, I think in the future I plan to knit socks on a size zero needle, since my tension is so loose and I might want a fabric that slightly more dense. I'm interested to see how these wear, and optimistic, since the self-patterning yarn is 15% nylon. For the sake of clarity, the cuffs and toes are knit in different, tonal yarn that a friend let me use! Either way, I think they're pretty and pretty cozy.
I plan to finish knitting the pockets on my Arctic Cardigan today and hopefully block it. And for something entirely different, I also started swatching for my May cardigan, knit up in a Texas-raised(!) yarn—Quince and Co Piper.
Just for the heck of it, my favorites reads/watches/listens/sips for the week:
- This excerpt from a 1955 knitting video is so fun!
- Evening:Morning by The Digital Age on repeat all day, every day
- I'm interested in reading The Unseen, a Norwegian book recently translated to English (pre-orders only right now) about a girl and her family who live on their own island in Northern Norway, and their way of life.
- Drinking coffee from Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co, a local roastery near where I grew up in MN, bought at a local coffee shop here in Austin. I love the connection of coffee.
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.
Now that we're well into January, I'm sitting down to write and glance back at the last year. I'm not much of a resolution-maker (not fundamentally opposed, just not for me), but I do find it's healthiest for my heart and mind to reflect and then continue on into the next year. Like every single year, there are good, hard, and in-between snippets and seasons.
I did it. I hopped aboard the sourdough train. I've made exactly one loaf of sourdough in my life, once last year, just a few months before we moved across the country from Texas to Indiana. I've long been interested in fermented foods, and tried my hand at a few, namely, kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut. And sourdough has been one on the want to try again list. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?