living without any schedule at all can be a little bit exhausting.
The sun seems to be up still most of the time and my teenagers are living according to their own inner clocks that have nothing to do with the real time and both of them have their own clocks. Having them together at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table is a task and I have given up completely. I let them follow their own timetables and concentrate once again on my knitting...
Except that it has been very very hot. Too hot - almost - to knit or to think even. Kind of weather where you sit outside with a cold drink in a shadow. Now it is overcast, so hopefully some rain. The nature needs it badly. The lake (which is very warm now) seems to be shrinking and the grass has turned yellow in some spots.
Do you still remember socks that I started a long time ago with this cotton/lycra yarn from Greenwood Fiberworks? Finally I finished them. The toe issue has slowed down my sock knitting but it is settled and I can knit on socks happily. The toe fits now... That does not sound like a big accomplishment but somehow it has been.
This sock yarn comes with a sock pattern but I did not use it. Maybe that is one reason why these socks don't match but really, it does not matter.
I tried to have ribbing at the top but did not like how this yarn looks when purled (see the back side) so made a picot edge but that does not show either. The yarn is very stretchy but knitting with it was not difficult and the socks fit like nothing before them. I hope these wear well.And I finished Trekking XXL socks as well. These looked a bit dull and sad after done so I had to do some detailing on them and added a crocheted red band on top.Besides knitting I have been spinning some Shetland. For lace. But the process is so slow. It feels like I'm never going to have enough yarn. And I did not spin for 30 hours in June which was my goal. There just was not enough time. Even with extra hours due to long day I could not manage it. But I hope I can squeeze more hours in July.
In Iceland I was talking to a fellow knitter Southern Norway Fairytale. She said that she has stopped buying yarn! Stopped! She said that she has lots of lovely yarn that needs to be knit up before it ends up being a problem to those after her and using the stash only makes her very creative. She is about my age. She speaks the truth I think. But I could not stop buying yarn ---
I once knew a lady who had very clean closets. Whenever she bought something new she got rid of the old. Like if she got herself a new winter coat, she took the old one to good will if it was of any use or tossed it away if it was useless. She did that, not only talk about it. I admired that.
Is there a good way to exercise some stash discipline? I think - I know - I need to do that. I have to do that. Enough is enough. So I have been thinking of going on a ratio 2:1, two out and only one in. Like if I knit 2 pairs of socks I can buy yarn for one pair. I wonder if I could do this. Because if I only buy yarn when rewarding myself I can think of hundred reasons to reward myself on one particular day, so that won't work for me. And if I put myself on a budget, I will start hunting for sale yarns and everybody knows where that leads to. I have to work out something I can stick to.
Until I find something better I try this 2:1. Two pairs of socks is 200 grams out. It is not much but it is a start. My intentions are sincere and honest. Wish me luck!
PS. It is raining. Finally!