I was away in the south of Finland for a week (bookbinding course) a week after Midsummer and while away the weather up here had been nice and sunny but when I returned I was greeted by fierce white horses galloping across the surface of the lake. The wind was bringing them and they stayed on the lake for days. Now that I think of it, it was quite nice and that I should have enjoyed the northerly fresh air, because the hard wind kept the mosquitoes away. At present the wind has mostly died out and the mosquitoes have returned by millions…
my very first book
In early June when the days were getting longer and longer, I was every now and then a bit worried that in a few weeks the sun would start setting again and that I would never again be ready for the dark nights (and days). Last night I was up till after midnight and even though it does not get dark, the sun actually sets for a bit and one can feel that. It was not bad at all. It almost felt like a nice change, but even so, I am very grateful that there still are plenty of white nights left. I love the changing seasons and I should by now be able to trust me and not worry too much beforehand.
Exactly the same thing has happened with my knitting. All through the spring I was getting more and more worried of never finding the joy of knitting and that the my hands would not miss the yarn slipping through them ever again. I tried and tried various things and tried to be alert not to miss the call of the yarn. So I finally let the knitting go and was almost suffocated by the fact that I have plenty of yarn and was very worried who was going to knit them again….
I should have trusted myself in this as well. Summer has been quite busy after I got back from the bookbinding course. There has been hardly any time for any handwork but late at nights few stolen moments, and guess, what I have been doing? Do you suppose I have been getting bookbinding stuff together after a long day and been folding papers or making book covers? Or have I been ironing and cutting fabric for quilting blocks? No, I have been knitting a few rows on a sock.
books made during the course
The bookbinding course was very good and interesting. I learnt to bind books the way they were bound during the middle ages and earlier by the Coptics. The course was held in a beautiful surrounding and the classes were open from 8 in the morning until 23 (11) at night. The teaching hours were supposed to end around five in the afternoon but on most nights the teacher stayed in the class until 9 in the evening. It was a good break for all my previous handworks.
This Monkey (from Knitty) pattern is perfect for me. I have tried to put it aside to knit other patterns but I always return to this. It is easily adjustable; I have tweaked the pattern to fit my feet. When one easily memorized repeat is done, a big hunk of the sock is done as well, so the socks seem to fly off the needles. It does not have any tedious manoeuvring of stitches, so not too much time is spend on knitting the socks. I always feel that socks should not take too much of my time, my sock philosophy is: knit simple with sturdy yarn and wear long. Knitting stockings is another story! So really I am quite happy to have another pair of Monkeys for the next winter (may it not come too soon!).
I enjoyed this yarn a lot, it did not split and it seems quite sturdy too, probably because it has some nylon in it. This was my first time trying out this yarn and won’t be my last. I did enjoy this colour way although a part of me wishes that this variegated yarn thing would come to an end sooner than later and that more tweedy and heathered yarns and yarns with very little variegation would become more popular. I don’t like yarns where the colour is not deep but plain and dull, but I just don’t care too much for all the wild mutlicoloured ones either. I would love to have this yarn in tweedy off-white, with maybe little specs of browns and greys. Actually I have not looked around to see if this yarn is produced in other than wild colour ways.
I have some variegated yarn and I feel that I should knit them away as soon as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate these multicolours and don’t want to push my own opinion but lately I have got an impression more and more that when I click on the various colour charts, they are variegated only. How do you feel about these yarns? Are you in the least bit worried that these yarns will look outdated soon and that in a little while you are staring at some of your lovely patterned socks wishing if only you had chosen another colour way with little less variegation and more classic look?
I have not bought knitting books or yarns lately. My knitting front has been very quiet. But last week I came across a book that I thought that I really needed. I have always been a fan of fine yarns, fine yarns and 3 mm needles used to be my knitting heaven. Yes, you can guess, I am eagerly waiting for “Knit so fine” to turn into my mailbox, hopefully Monday or Tuesday. This book made me go through my fine yarn stash and I found many beautiful yarns that I sort of had forgotten of. With the red socks done I did cast on for something else but I will tell you about that next week, it is lovely and simple and easy to pick up, almost like socks, but better yet. My blog has been neglected and quiet and this because not much of knitting has been happening. I hope to make a change into this. I am setting two days a week when I’ll write to you, either Wednesday or Thursday and then the other day during the weekend.
I love these red socks. I truly believe that red socks make steps lighter, longer and happier; they bring out strength and good spirits and smile on your feet. The one wearing red socks never drags his feet.
You too should wear red socks solely since red socks, variegated or not, are just plain wonderful.