2008 – The Year of Many Socks!

I am absolutely amazed at the amount of socks I knit in 2008. Ravelry was my inspiration and the knitalongs I joined were fun, especially Summer of Socks 2008!
I also took the plunge into yarn dyeing, first with Kool-Aid and more recently Jacquard Acid Dyes. I dyed my first sock blank last summer and sent it to a swap buddy all the way across the country. I like playing with the different hues and experimenting with different techniques.  I’ll definitely be spending more time (AND $$$) on this during 2009!

My knitting goals for 2009 include learning to knit a sock on 2 circular needles, knitting a toe-up sock and making a colorwork sweater. I’ve been practicing 2-handed Fair Isle with my current sock project and am ready to try it out on a larger scale.

Here’s a mosaic of my 2008 FO’s, mostly socks with a hat,  scarf and cowl thrown in for a little variety. Project info is available on my Ravelry page.

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Slipping Around

The centering nature of my knitting has kept me sane time and again. I’ve been especially appreciative of my fiber hobby since last week, when my Mercedes ML was struck unexpectedly by (start your engines ) a f*%&g garbage truck!  Right in front of my own house. The not-so-pleasant driver of the offending vehicle stated that I was going too fast, when in actuality I was slowed to a grand total of about 5 mph, getting ready to turn into my driveway. Offending vehicle was idling parked on the wrong side facing the wrong way and he missed seeing my SUV.  It was hair-raising, to say the least, but luckily he wasn’t going fast so I escaped without a scratch. My truck wasn’t so lucky.

The Mercedes was on a company lease and due to be returned next week. Ouch.

The Glen Ridge police quickly responded and I let the officer do the talking —  I never said another word to the driver of the garbage truck as he looked like he wanted to eat me for breakfast! And he looked even more thrilled when he was told that it was his fault and he was facing north when he should have been facing south. Then he would have spotted me in his sideview mirror.

I’ve been happily slip-stitching this Prism sock since last weekend – I really like how the colors are playing out:

Keep on knitting and watch out for trucks that are bigger than yours!