It’s here – and it’s gone.
Blink and you’ll miss it.
That’s what it means to be ephemeral…like the temporary local yarnbombing this March. I nearly missed it myself – I didn’t hear about it until about a week and a half ago, and since then the weather has been dreary and drippy and soggy more days than not. So I spent a little while this morning taking pictures for the current WordPress photo challenge, before the clock loses its hat and scarf and the knitted benches and the pompomed fence v a n i s h.
I’m amazed, anyway.
Last fall, mostly out of curiosity and also because I got really tired of the seams in my socks chewing into my toes (handmade socks don’t generally have those seams across the top of your foot), I decided to see if I really could knit a pair of socks.
At first, I wasn’t sure the cuff was big enough to let my entire foot through. (Fortunately, knitting st r e t c h es.)
Then I came to the part where the sock needed to make a right-angle turn, because that’s what feet do. The directions made no sense, no matter how many times I read them. Knit a heel flap? What’s that? Turn the heel? Turn it into what? It was all obviously impossible. But I was halfway done, so I might as well just keep going, row by row, doing what the directions told me to…and all of a sudden
I had a sock! And a while later, I had a pair of socks. And they’re so very very comfortable that I might just wear them every day if they weren’t the kind of wool you have to handwash and let dry lying flat (which takes a couple of days).
I wanna make some more socks!
Another fit of curiosity took hold of me recently, and I decided to see if it’s really possible to knit a pair of socks. So far, I’ve got most of the cuff done – the cuff’s only a few rows long – but I’m getting worried.
That little circle of yarn has to stretch far enough to go all the way around my heel. Is this thing really going to work out?
Posted in Knitting, Yarn
Something new here (though not new to a large group of experienced Trifectans!) – this week’s Trifextra. (What’s a Trifextra? Well, trifectawritingchallenge.com presents two writing opportunities each week: the weekday challenge, asking you to write 33 to 333 words based on a one-word prompt, and the weekend Trifextra – where the only certainty is that the number 3 will be involved somehow.) This week(end), the Trifextra asks us to describe our writing process in only three words.
So what’s my process?
Untangling snarled string.
(Thank you to Rarasaur for nudging me to respond, at last, to one of the Trifecta challenges!)
Posted in Writing, Yarn
It’s been a hectic week, a hectic several
weeks. So nice to sit, no place to go,
familiar chairs and books and mess nearby.
The needle’s bluntly pointed tip slides through
the brown yarn circle; lassoed by more yarn,
it draws back, yarn pursuing. One more stitch.
The room is warm.
I walk on rosebuds squished
between my feet and shoes.
“Oh no the lumps the juice
the thorns – how awful, eww?”
It’s all right really these
are yarn and knitted in
my socks. I like to walk on flowers.
Studying the Stash
There’s so much yarn. And oh I love it all.
Maroon and red, hotpink rosepink palepink
and browns, in darkbrown redbrown cream and beige
and greens and blues and grays and white and black
and orange yellow purple lavender.
I want to knit so many dreams or socks
or sweaters hats or dreams. And if I had
just ten more arms, six knitting pairs, enough
to make a spider jealous – soon I’d buy more yarn.