So I took a bit of a social media break for Lent. I am not Catholic but I do like to try and do Lent. I find I learn something valuable each time I do. This year was no different. I learned a lot about my motivations. I found that I didn't really miss facebook except for friends and family who actually post things about their real lives. I did not miss at all, even a bit, the memes and videos and junk that clog up my feed. That bit I could do completely without. Which is why Instagram was so hard to give up for me. But even Instagram has a bit of a disconnect sometimes in the personal-ness that I crave. When it comes down to it, nothing is a substitute for real life relationships! The thing is, in my real life I am pretty limited when it comes to crafty folk that I click with so I try to piece together podcasts, instagram, facebook, ravelry to make up for it. I think that's pretty common really.
Anyways! Just a little explanation of where I've been for awhile. I did get some knitting done. Not as much as I thought I would really. I started this pair of socks on Christmas Eve to join along with Dani (Little Bobbins) Christmas Eve Cast On. I decided to try out a new heel on this pair, a pattern by Nathan Taylor called Sockmatician's Toe Ups which you can find on Ravelry. I've also linked the pattern.
I just have to say that I did not at all get what I was doing in this pattern!!! I really only followed the heel part of the pattern so that's all I can speak to. This was my first sort of traditional heel flap gusset type heel and it did not make any sense to me! I think if I had done one previously it would make more sense because now that I have done these it makes sense. The first sock luckily I put in a life line, I ripped that heel back probably 3 times.
At some point it finally clicked for me what I should be doing. I did knit these concurrently to try out that method, not sure that is really my bag. I don't get second sock syndrome, in fact, I think the finishing of the first one is so exciting it spurs me to finish the second quicker. But, I am very, very happy with the outcome on these. They fit so well! I will definitely try the heel again, they fit so well and look great.
This next project I actually started while I was at the coast for Scott's 4th Angelversary. I find it comforting to be on the beach on that day. It's just a hard day no matter what but going to the beach that we loved makes it easier. Listening to the ocean is healing.
I had Rocky with me again this year, by now he's familiar with the routine. He pretty much napped the whole day while I looked for agates, journaled and knit. I bought this yarn last year at the little shop in Crescent City. It reminds me of the redwood trees all along Highway 101 in Northern California. I'm calling this shawl my Humboldt 101 Shawl. The pattern is Whispering Pines by Molly of A Homespun House, I've linked the pattern. It's been really nice to work on something with a bit bigger needles that is growing pretty quickly. After the slow mo socks it's perfect!