I feel like such a geezer whenever I catch myself thinking of how fast time feels like it is passing by. And, truly, March flew faster than any month in recent memory. From the perspective of April, at least. So much happened and I keep reminding myself that I have reasons to feel like I’ve barely been treading water – moving house, multiple conferences and quite a bit of travel all piled up.One of the tasks I voluntarily added to this list was my Aurora project, a inter-blog knitting ‘club’ with the aim of completing my first pair of hand-knit socks. Inspired by my sock-making partner, Mere’s, philosophy of striving for your goals and dreams on a daily basis, I decided that maybe what I also needed in the month of March was a creative, controlled outlet for when the rest of the chaos of life got to be too much.
I may have bitten off more than I can chew. As you can see in the second-to-last photo, today is April 2nd and the second sock remains incomplete. Regardless of finishing on time, I am so glad I started this project (and hope to wrap things up quite soon). There is something so soothing to me about the repetitive, cyclical motion of knitting. I need to think about what I am doing just enough that I can keep the rest of my teeming thoughts at bay.
Though the project did provide many moments of peace and quiet, it was also filled with new challenges that I had not previously encountered – turning heels and instep gussets – that kept me coming back, pushing myself and my limited crafty skills just a few steps further. It was incredibly satisfying and the amount of pride I felt when that first sock was finished was tremendous. I am pretty sure I met everyone who walked through my door foot-first, insisting on their recognition of my accomplishment, before even saying hello. During a month that felt like it was out to get me, surrounded by work and deadlines drawing near, it was both a relief and a gift to have a task that was under my control and genuinely fulfilling.
Clearly, I still have a bit of work still left to go, although I am almost done with the last decreases on the sock-in-progress and it is pretty much downhill from there. The already completed sock is slightly too big for me, which is not surprising as I have stupidly tiny feet. In my quest for a almost-perfect pair of hand-made socks, I am contemplating tearing it out and having another go with the more precise sizing worked out. I figure it is just part of the learning curve and, now that I am comfortable with how it all works, I think I will enjoy it more the third time around.
By far, the best part of this entire project has been getting to know Mere and sharing our progress on our respective socks. She has introduced me to Instagram, where we have been posting the in-progress photos I am now sharing here (follow me @researchingsandiego, #knittingclub, #socks). It has been a great platform for us to offer encouraging words and enthusiasm as we see day-to-day crafty progress, not to mention it’s obvious potential as a tool for other photographic pursuits (yes, I am *that* late to the party).
(Photo from madelinetosh.com)
We have already discussed and decided upon April’s project, one that appears to be a little less daunting, Madelinetosh’s Honey Cowl (If you peruse the yarn link, I’m currently trying to decide between the Sequoia, Forestry or Baltic colorways of Tosh DK – any suggestions?). These cowls seem to be all the rage amongst the knitty blogging community. As with the socks, I am super excited to share a creative project with a new friend. Besides, I have the distinct feeling that between socks and cowls, my Christmas crafting may start early this year!