Socked In

Well, it happened. I started knitting and spent ALL OF JANUARY on the above sock, which still isn’t finished and it’s February. I’ll finish the foot this week; I’d like to post a photo of it completely done in 48 hours. While I enjoy knitting, I miss making art. It’s been a while. Hopefully not much longer. The hiatus is painful, but the knitting is not. I hope the next sock goes faster! I’m using one circular needle for the sock, a technique also known as “magic loop knitting”.

Short Row Swatch

I really do not want this to turn into a knitting blog. I could just see it happening, though; because, once you start knitting it’s impossible to stop…and the only time you stop is to do something else knitting-related. If you have a slightly nervous or anxious temperament, knitting is a guaranteed downer activity for you.

I haven’t knit in years. I think the last time I had a project going was when my mom was in the hospital 3 1/2 years go; her recent stay (see last post, she went home yesterday) made me go through one of my many yarn boxes and find some needles and yarn. I thought I’d try and remember how to do short row shaping, and I made a little short-row swatch as a reminder-project while I was with my mom at the hospital:

Short rows are good for sock heels and shaping at the hips and bust of garments; I suppose the above shape is self-evident towards this end. There’s a great tank-top pattern and short-row tutorial here; I did have to check it one night to make sure I remembered how to do it.

I’m worried that I might start knitting socks or something. This could be dangerous.