Curtis Willis and Maizie

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is Anything More Boring Than a Gray Sock?

This morning I finished the Lacy Baktus scarf/shawlette that I had decided to lengthen. And happily wore it to work today! The photo shows it in its first finish state, made from a skein of Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn. I then acquired a 2nd skein, so ripped back a goodly way & started over, making it quite a bit longer overall. Very pleased with the result.
Knitwise I'm off to a slow start in 2011; had expected to have several things finished by now.  I have pulled out a very boring gray plain stockinette sock that I started several years ago.  It's the mate to a finished one that's been stuffed away in the stash closet.  I'm forcing myself to finish this gray one before starting anything new and colorful.  The sock pattern is "Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock (with Dutch heel)" from the Nancy Bush book entitled "Knitting Vintage Socks".  Full of great patterns & I highly recommend it, but this is the most plain, ordinary sock in the book.  Made the "Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern" for the mister & had leftover yarn which I why I started my own pair.  Boring or not, they will be extremely warm & that's a good thing! Yarn is Heirloom Argyle, discontinued, found on eBay for a great price. Pics to follow.

Most work nights have been dedicated to reading.  Just finished "No Way Down - Life and Death on K2" by Graham Bowley.  True story of a deadly 2008 climbing season on the 2nd highest mountain in the Himalayas.
Also finished "The Most They Ever Had" by a fav author, Rick Bragg.  True stories about the lives of people who worked in the cotton mills in Jacksonville, Alabama. It's heart-wrenching. And "Acres Away - A True History of NAS Mayport" by Joe Abb - a fascinating history that took me by surprise...about the woman who was a wealthy suffragette who moved from NY to Florida and founded a resort, only to eventually have it taken by eminent domain when the Navy wanted to expand its naval base. Anyone who loves the beaches in Jacksonville and/or enjoys local history should read this one! Next up on the Kindle - "Colonel Roosevelt" by Edmund Morris, 3rd of his 3 excellent books on Theodore.

So many projects, so little time! I've stitched a bit but have no noticeable progress to report.  How are YOU doing with your projects this year?


  1. sounds like some interesting reads Kris - sorry I missed you Sunday - Love the baktus and I remember the socks you did for N - they gray ones - I am always in awe of your sock knitting prowess. YGG - Mel

  2. Nice knitting! Good for you for sticking with the gray socks. lol! Thanks for the reading tips. I hadn't realized the third in Edmund Morris' trilogy about Theodore Roosevelt had come out. How exciting!!! I need to start reading!

  3. Your Baktus was wonderful! I will have to give that a try. Reading and sock knitting - definitely something I need to get to!

  4. I really like your scarf. I've seen a few of those around and really like them. And I think that I'm going to put those books into my good reads. I'm always looking for something that is good but not a main stream book!

  5. Nice knitting! I like the baktus. My daughter took up knitting last year and thus far has just started a bunch of things, no finishes. I think she's taking after her mother with the love for new starts! LOL

    Thanks for the information on the books--they all sound good!