Equal does not mean the same

From the blog, Love Honor and Vacuum, by Shelia Wray Gregoire, insightful thoughts on relationships.  Today’s society has drifted away from traditional expressions of emotion and affections – some of this is good, but some of the loss leaves us adrift on how to relate (romantically or otherwise) to others.

Link – Equal does not mean the same

Learning new techniques in socks

So, my best friend and I played hookey a few weeks ago and visited Nashville, IN for the day.  There’s a great yarn store, The Clay Purl

(My friend graciously indulges my love of visiting yarn stores – when we travel or spend time together, she cheerfully agrees to visit yarn stores, and she has benefited by these adventures – see B’s sweater in an earlier post)

Found WONDERFUL yarn at the Clay Purl, including some brand-new, custom-dyed sock-weight yarn.  Also in our exploring, we found a terrific pattern, “The Gardener” by Leslie Comstock (Pattern at Ravelry)

So, my friend will be getting these socks out of the lovely yarn we found.

However…

After taking a look at the pattern, I realized I was a bit over my head, so I started practicing.  Several of the techniques in The Gardener can be found in Cat Bordhi’s book, “New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One,” a copy of which I received one year for Christmas, but hadn’t really explored.

Find your copy at Amazon:  New Pathways for Sock Knitters

It’s a great book – the author explains new techniques very well, and has improved upon several standard techniques in sock design and construction.

I knit a pair of socks from the book that incorporated several of the techniques in The Gardner.  The pair I chose is “Cables and Corrugations,” which included the following techniques (new for me) — toe-up socks, riverbed sole, modified heel, moccasin toe and the use of size 1 needles (the smallest I have used on yarn knitting)

Am I GLAD I did this!  Turns out a little more challenging than I expected, and really required some mental and manual dexterity (finished socks, below).

Now, on to the Gardner socks.  Again, with the challenging pattern, I decided to use scrap yarn to start the sock to see how I got along with the pattern – a vine on the front with a big spider up the back of the sock.  Also toe-up, riverbed construction.  Here’s what I have so far, and I’ve discovered that the vine pattern isn’t as hard as I feared, so I’m about ready to jump to the fashion yarn.  I’ll post the yarn information and in-process pictures later, so my Dear Reader can follow along.