Sock update

How’s your knitting/sewing/crafting/hobby/baking/music-making mojo?  Mine comes and goes.  But I finally finished The Handmade Sock Society season 2 sock series!View of finished socks

The Dorsal socks were a pretty easy knit as all but the back panel was stockinet stitch and the back panel wasn’t too difficult as long as I took my time and paid attention.  This picture is way overexposed so you can see the lovely dorsal fin design that goes up the back of the leg.dorsal detail

I did lighten the back of the sock to view more details.  Please excuse this wonky photo as it is very difficult to take a picture of one’s own foot from the back.

As soon as the ends are woven in, I’ll have another pair of socks…for next winter.

 

THSS II sock 6

As soon as I finished the Sailing School socks in Helen Stewart’s The Handmade Sock Society Season 2, I cast on for the final pair in the series.  A bit late but it is what it is.

The yarn is a combination of Knit Picks Stroll in Midnight Heather and Andromeda in Grumpy Gus (from the Sailing School socks).  I only had 58 grams of the Stroll and knew that wasn’t enough so I decided that the Grumpy Gus colorway would be a nice contrast for the cuff, heel, and toe areas.yarn used in Dorsal Socks

I’ve made lots of progress and am past the heel and gusset on the second sock already.dorsal sock progress

The sock is mostly plain old stockinette stitch except for the dorsal fins going up the back.dorsal sock backdorsal sock back

I’m beginning to have some arthritis issues with the ring finger on my right hand and knitting is a bit aggravating at the moment.  But I hope/plan to have these socks finished bt the end of the week.

Stay healthy and safe.

 

THSS II Sailing socks update

I don’t think it has ever taken me four months to knit a pair of socks.  But there were extenuating circumstances such as Thanksgiving, making Christmas gifts, knitting this and sewing that.  (Plus some other things I haven’t mentioned.)

So the Sailing School socks are finished.

I’m not sure this was the right yarn as the design details are mostly hidden in the variations of blues and greens.  A more solid/tonal yarn would have been a better choice.

The toe ended up funky…a bit pointier than I like.Sailing School socks

Of the five pairs of socks in this series, these are my least favorite.  I’m way behind in my sock knitting and I have one more pair to make in this season: Dorsal socks.  More on my progress at a later date.

The Handmade Sock Society Season III is already out and Helen has changed it up a bit this season.  Instead of publishing a pattern every other month for 12 months, she is publishing a pattern every month for six months.  I’ve already got February and March patterns in my cue.  I just have to find some yarn in my stash…

On another topic: Mr. Aitch and I are doing fine.  We went to the market on Wednesday and got most of the things we needed except for hamburger.  We are very glad we disconnected our cable TV many years ago (perhaps ten??) and are not subjected to the current barrage of doom and gloom.  I hope you are able to turn off the TV for your health and sanity.

New knitting tool

I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Manhasset music stands.

Mr. Aitch is a retired music/band teacher.  He used to play piano, saxophone. clarinet, trumpet, and flute on a regular basis and owned all of those instruments of torture (just kidding) at one time.  We still have the piano and he plays his saxophone in the college/community jazz band.  He practices at home between rehearsals. As of now all rehearsals and concerts are on hold because of, well, you know.

Anyway, the point of this was to tell you about my new knitting tool. I wanted a way to watch videos or read books on my iPad while knitting.  I tried to prop it up enough so I could see the screen and not hurt my neck but no matter what I did, I was not comfortable.  When I mentioned my dilemma to Mr. Aitch, he suggested his music stand.

Voila!  It was perfect…almost.  It was a bit too tall even when in the lowest position but it was something we had and it worked…until he needed it to practice.  Then I was out of luck.

So I did some research and found the perfect solution for me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The Manhasset 48CA stand is the same stand but the concertina size so it’s shorter than a regular music stand and designed for those who sit when performing.  This is great as I can sit comfortably in my favorite chair and watch videos, read, or listen to a book or music and knit!  No more straining my neck to see over the stand when Mr. Aitch is talking to me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The stand is a sturdy metal and heavy so it would not tip over though it can be moved.  The height is adjustable and the stand can be tilted from almost verticle to horizontal as desired.  The lip is wide enough for books, pens, pencils, note pad, and/or an iPad.  Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

I love how all my knitting necessities fit nicely on the stand.

Have you taken something unusual and made it fit your needs?