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The Sock Market

…. brought to you by recent events.

Sock accrues interest

Sock accrues interest

Like everyone else, I’m watching the news media closely. Every time I hear the term “Stock Market” I think “Sock Market” since it’s Socktoberfest. I’m working onsite for a client who requires that I take an hour lunch every day (bringing along work for my other clients is obviously a no-no, so I’ve brought my knitting). I ripped back the first Amazonian sock and added length on the foot and finished the toe, then started the second sock immediately. This has been very restful for my eyes, and also kind of restful in a work environment where everyone else is talking about their stocks. Spending a good bit of time wondering if the color is more like a copper-bronze color than forests and water keeps me going through that sort of discussion.

I realize I’m doing my best to avoid a Bare Market, where there aren’t any socks. (Note the bare toe — the second sock is past the cuff already. These socks are definitely engaging my interest more as I work with them.) Sock market and stock market aren’t that distant — As a knitter, I acquire yarn, and then I let it age for a while, waiting until a project comes up. I have a stash of yarn that may grow up to be something else. However, I don’t need to take out loans to acquire this capital, so that’s where the analogy fails. Well, that and the frivolity of the analogy.

So, hopefully more of my yarn will migrate into FOs in time for me to reinvest in my sock yarn (replenishing my stocks, as it were). Next project is a secret one, so I won’t be posting photos of that till it’s safely in the hands of the recipient. But after that, it’s on to birthday sock yarn from last year and choosing a pattern from the Cat Bordhi book.

Yeah, I’m in a punny mood. So, any mishearings of the media amusing you lately?

Goodbye to The Water Element and PS3

Water at a National Park

Lake at a National Park

October is the end of Project Spectrum for the year. Yes, I still have projects on the needles (for instance, a certain green pair of socks which is next in the second-sock completion queue). But I’m still very pleased with the results. I’ve used the whole project — from fire and earth to air and water — to motivate me to try different things and to use different media, as well as to jumpstart an ongoing mythology project. Yes, I’ll continue on reading even as PS3 ends.

I made socks (3 pairs and one half a pair), attempted to cast on rusted root for the water element (it’s on hold now), knit with thread, drew the stones of a church, learned to photograph water, made earrings (with pink and orange crystals for the fire element), tried out Cat Bhordhi’s sock book, and finished lots of projects.

The light and shadows are beautiful this time of year

The light and shadows are beautiful this time of year

If Lolly holds Project Spectrum next year, I’m hoping my contribution will be less about texture and one skein of yarn (admittedly multi-dyed, but the yarn did most of the work) and more about purpose-driven color play. Maybe a lovely Fair Isle sweater with multiple colors of the rainbow. Or some project that captures the mood of the shadows in a doorway on an Autumn day.

In the meantime, I’ve joined Socktoberfest because I’m enjoying the extra boost to my creativity that PS3 gave to me. Maybe I’ll finish up some of those sock projects. I’m also thinking about casting on for Rusted Root soon. Just because I didn’t get to it during the timeline for PS3 doesn’t mean I don’t want to knit it.

My brain keeps singing the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” more from the depressing weekend weather we’ve had than any other reason. In future posts, I may revisit some of the projects I worked on for PS3, showing the items that were made long before WordTapestry was born. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a good day for photography — the tidal socks should be ready for a final close-up then.

Thanks, Lolly, for all the fun and challenge!

Gauge… Just Not Getting It

I’m plugging along on my knitting, with no pictures due to annoying camera glitches.

Size 6 needles give me too big a gauge for the purple Rusted Root pullover. I’m wondering if I should just follow the instructions for the next size down (I’m pretty close to the border), or go down a size in needles. Feh.

Not sure how much the cotton-merino yarn will stretch either (it’s Cascade Yarn’s “Sierra” blend of 80% cotton and 20% merino wool). I’m open to ideas, obviously, while I try to figure out what to do.


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