I hope this January is treating you well.
My husband and I just returned from a long weekend in Victoria, BC. The weather was not unlike it was here, but there was no snow, no demands and a soaker tub in our hotel room. It was awesome.
Except we both have a cold/flu situation going on now that is legendary.
We have done this January trip to Victoria twice now, and both times we have spent most of our time walking. Well, and eating. But the walking helps with that too. When we are at home, we also try to spend a weekend day every month or so walking a ways, then having lunch in a pub. It's a lovely break. Which is a very long way around to the fact that we spend a lot of time on our feet, and we like hand-knit socks.
I like making socks, and we both like wearing them. He is a creature of habit, and I had noticed that the hand knits have become his Friday-Saturday-Sunday socks of choice. He wears patterned, thinner socks with his work shoes during the week. In short, he's a sock guy.
The sock is a lovely, portable knitting project. I have made roughly a bajillion pairs at this point, so I don't need a pattern anymore. I like a plain, top down, vanilla sock with a heel flap worked in partridge stitch, and a grafted toe. I still marvel at the magic that is turning a heel. I always have a pair on the go, usually in my purse, for those moments when you are stuck waiting for something or someone. But lately I have been bringing other projects with me, so the purse socks have been ignored.
And these are the present socks in progress. I started them on the way to the lake this summer. They have apparently been languishing. Love them. But they have been ignored lately. All the sock knitting has been ignored, which has led to this sad state of affairs:
Three pairs of socks that are headed for the garbage can. Plus another one that got pitched in Victoria. It turns out that when you don't add new ones to the mix regularly, you wear out the ones that are there faster.
Which then leads to this:
A dive into the sock yarn stash for suitable replacements. That orange sticker on the Kroy yarn down in front? That's from Lewiscraft - a store that went out of business easily ten years ago. So my love for the workhorse, self-striping sock yarn is long and true. We are a lazy people when it comes to laundry, so the socks must be able to make it through the washer and dryer or they will not survive. Actually, that is true of most things in our house. When I was away last time, my husband did the laundry and all my bras went through the dryer, so they will also all need replacing sooner rather than later.
Anyhoo, that is a long way of saying that the knitting in these parts is about to get all socky. Since I am sick, I think the weekend is going to involve sock knitting and Netflix. Which is just about the perfect way to spend a January weekend anyway.
Stay warm and be well.