Last week, I think it was Wednesday when it had been raining hard during the whole night, we- DH, dogs and I - went for a walk in the nearby forests. We were on a schedule, I had to be in town by one, so we were in a hurry. We did our usual path the opposite way we usually do it, so we decided to do the climb in the beginning and then sort of walk quickly down.
I was almost at the top, I was out of breath
and slowed down and looked at the ground. And to my horror, there were
fresh bear tracks on
the ground, the beast was following the same path as us but he was ahead of us,
although I suspect he was a she, since my friend saw a cub few weeks ago. I
started to talk loudly to warn him and I never stopped talking until we were
back at the car... You know this nervous blabbering. I usually enjoy the birds
and the sound of the wind in the trees, but this time I wanted none of that,
just to be out of the bear's way as soon as I could. I had camera with me, but
I never thought for one second to take any pictures. I showed the tracks to DH
and he glanced at me and just remarked that they for sure were funny looking
trekking shoe prints. Neither of us said out loud anything else about him until
we were at home.
We did not
say anything and I am sure the old behavior took hold of us then and there.
Bear is the king of the forest, he was(is) mythical, sacred creature and out of
this belief and respect, people in the old times avoided calling his name and
we did the same.
I have not
been on that path since. I am sure I will be walking there many times in
future, but not just yet.
not all bad as when one gets bored, one starts to look around and search for alternatives and something interesting. Wool socks are a must up here - I have written
this so many times, that I am like a broken record. Anyway, long time ago I wrote "wear thy
knitting", meaning that one should knit for use, not for the closets. I
very often knit items to warm the shelves but socks are not among them. They
get worn and so I am in constant need of them.
usually gets done quickly but the second sock always takes some persuasion to
get done. I think I have come up with a solution and thus under "wear thy knitting" -theme is a
I like ribbed
socks because they keep their shape and size well but ribbed socks are
probably most tedious to knit, they are boring and also slow compared to
stockinette. I started - as so many times
before - with k4p4 pattern, as this is so easy to hide decreases in. I usually
shape my socks a bit. The first sock with all the excitement of a new yarn got
done quite quickly, but ah! the second sock!! I know this might not sound
as a big light bulb moment, but it was to me, and this, I think, will save my
sock knitting: Always knit two socks but never two alike!! I say never alike,
and with this I mean just minor changes, but big enough to have little pull
towards the second sock.
done, both definitely a pair, but not exactly the same.
on the second sock it little different, just a color change there. (I have
already worn these.)
second pair I added purl rows to the basic k4p4 pattern and added some white to
the second cuff plus a little patch to call it my own. (Both pairs out of basic
but good sock yarn, 2mm needles.
(It is difficult to take good pictures of socks without a sock model.)I hope this new theme will carry me for a while. I do need few new pairs.
lake temperature at its warmest this summer was 25C/77F, very good for
swimming. Lately the lake has been wrapped by the mist in the early mornings.