I had planned to sleep in this morning… the alarm clock has been waking me far too early lately, and as I didn’t start work today until 2pm, I decided to flag the alarm and sleep until I woke up naturally….
Naturally, I woke up about a minute before my alarm would have gone off anyway, and decided to get up and go for an early morning walk…
I’m so glad I did!
It has been faaaaaaaaaaaaaar too long since I’ve enjoyed a sunrise, and watching it unfold and light up Wellington harbour felt like the best gift ever… I really hope I’m motivated to do it more often!
Last night I finished my opal socks… a knitting marathon went on in my rocking chair, spurred on by the desire to start new projects… I can’t leave a project and start others, it makes me feel overwhelmed. I usually have a home project and a bus project and that’s all my fragile temperament can deal with at one time! And I’m soooooooooooooo excited to show you my beloved opal socks!
Kitchener stitch. It’s quite tricky isn’t it. I managed to screw it up again, and next time I reach a toe am just going to have to have someone demonstrate, as I just can’t work it out with the step by step pictures…. it’s the final hurdle I have to jump before I am a confident sock knitter!
Anyway… Opal socks….
Who was it that said to never work with children and animals? I agree… Raymond was not a willing participant in this photo shoot! As you can see, he is well and healthy, his ear has recovered from the bite he got last week! He woke us up at 12.30am the other morning, fighting with someone, my goodness, they sounded like two drunk women trying to kill each other! I said to KB, “do you think he’s scared?” She replied: “probably not, he probably loves it out there protecting his territory…” So I tried to put myself in his mind, and realised that as he seems to believe that his duty is to protect us and our yard (I typed yarn then… we see where my priorities are!) then it is very likely that he is having a very exciting time in the moonlight, hunting down other cats! His street-fighter name is Sting-Ray, and he’s a scary (but very beautiful) bully.
So! Sock details!
The Yarn: Opal- colourway 2107 (I’m guessing there, as the label is in German!)
The Pattern: Simple sock pattern from “Knitting Rules!” by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee… this is an ACE pattern in an even ACER book which I picked up for a mere $20 on fishpond.co.nz. It is a hilarious book full of awesome tips and information.
Sock Satisfaction?- 10/10 When I put these on they felt like hugs on my feet and still do 7 hours later! I kept taking my shoes off at work to admire them, they are the best.
I have been so overwhelmed with some of the lovely comments I’ve been getting lately from people saying they have been inspired by me and my sock knitting! Thank you! Hearing you say that is such a blessing for me and I hope that you have fun knitting yours too. I’m having so much fun stretching myself to the limit with knitting right now and get so excited to hear that others are getting out of the comfort zone too and making amazing things to feel proud of!
I’m off to bed now, wishing you a wonderful day full of blessings! Thank you for popping in!
Lots of love, Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX