Even with a few interruptions with friends dropping by, yesterday turned out to be a relatively productive day. I managed to complete the wool version of the fourth T-A-T block at our stitching group last night. Today I'm hoping to start the applique version.
When I arrived back home last evening, I went on the computer and started blog surfing. It takes me a couple of hours to wind down after our stitching group because we drink pots of tea and eat delicious goodies and I can never go straight to bed without relaxing first. Lo and behold, I came across the Blackbird Design gals blog. I love their work, both the stitching and quilting designs.
I believe it was the the second post where Alma wrote about being at a Moda designers meeting and took in some shopping. On this particular shopping excursion, she purchased some sock yarn and needles and decided to give knitting socks a try. Her story sounded a lot like my initial sock journey so I offered a few words of encouragement and mentioned that I would post some of the socks that I have knitted on my blog, just to show that there is hope for all who might like to venture down this path.
About a year and a half ago, I came across a quilt/yarn shop that had just opened in Renesselar Falls, NY, about 60 miles from where we live. On one of my recent posts, I briefly mentioned that I find it difficult just to sit and not have something to keep my hands occupied. To make a potentially long story short, along with some fabric, I bought a skein of sock yarn, some needles and a pattern...and so began my sock journey.
I was shown how to knit as a child and I think I made a scarf or two, but that was the extent of my knitting. With a little encouragement form the shop owner and a few tips, I struggled through the first pair which I chalked up to a learning experience. After that, there was no stopping me. Last year, I made 27 pairs of socks and the ones pictured above are all that remain. Everyone I know has received a pair of socks, and much to my chagrin, that's all my husband wears now!
So at the end of the day if I sit down in front of the television, I have the luxury of choosing either to stitch or knit socks. Isn't life grand!
Happy stitching...and knitting!