Wednesday, March 12, 2008

as sporadic as they've always been

Kettle-dyed, big sister socks

I think I'm learning how to take everything in stride. These are things that I'm focusing on right now: dyeing more yarn, dissertation revisions, a new dissertation chapter, wedding planning, money, health, happiness, a commissioned essay on a topic that isn't a particularly happy topic.

My impulses are, as ever, as sporadic as they've always been, but if you know me, then you know that I do keep these impulses in check. As a sock knitter, I never have too many pairs going. I try to finish a pair before starting the next, or I try to only have two going at once--one pair for this mood and the other pair for another.

What I want to knit now: another pair of Jaywalkers. I didn't enjoy knitting the first pair very much, but I've come to find that they are among my favorite socks, especially for sleeping. They don't come off in the middle of the night, they are always snug, and they keep in much warmth. So I want more and more Jaywalkers.

I have many finished objects to show. (I know, I've been gone so long.) But I feel that I should maybe show them over time.

The socks in the photograph were finished in January. They were given to my older sister. Both my sisters loved how soft they were. These were made over 60 stitches on size one dpns using my Kettle Dyed Softie Sock. (Two are left on my etsy site.)

I'll be moving soon as well. That's on the list of things. My long silence from this blog and my long break from dyeing gave rise to a job. A real job. I don't know if I'll continue to dye yarn when I start working. I seriously doubt I'll be able to do big orders, but I might continue to do a few skeins here and there. We'll see.


Leslie said...

Oh wow, you know I'm anxious to hear the news. That in no way is a plea for an email. Trust me, I know the feeling of having all these things to deal with! Just wanted to say congrats, congrats and I'm so happy for you.

Oh and California was much more sedate this time around. We missed Manly's influence!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I agree that the Jaywalkers have a strange appeal...I also didn't enjoy them the first time around but am also always thinking of giving them another shot:)

Angela said...

My first pair of socks was Jaywalkers on TrekkingXXL, and I still love them. They fit better than almost any other sock I've made.

Congrats on all of the life changes!

Crafty Pancakes said...

How wonderful to have a "real" job! You are one busy woman with so many changes going on.. but it sounds like you are doing wonderfully :) Definitely take some time to knit yourself another pair of Jaywalkers to keep your tootsies warm at night! Just enjoy every day and keep us posted when you can.

monica said...

Congrats on the new job. I hope you will be happy there.
I just finished, well not too long ago, a pair of socks knit with your Meanie sock yarn, and I just want to tell you I absolutely loved it. It was an exceptional knitting experience.

Emily said...

Congratulations on the new job. I hope you continue to do a little dying here and there since I love your colorways. :)

schrodinger said...

So much going on! Most importantly congrats on the job and good luck with the move!!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Thank you Jenny!! I just received that socks today (after a trip to France) and am so touched by the thought that went in to such a lovely gift. You are so kind to me!