On My Toes

We’ve all heard the old adage, ‘No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.’ In every day, thankfully non-battlefield scenarios this simply translates to the fact that even the best laid plans take unpredictable turns when they come in contact with our good old friend, reality. As the mom of two, homemaker for our house, caretaker of a Moose and a milk snake named Jack, things rarely go according to plan — there are simply too many variables on any given day. Occasionally it stresses me out, but mostly I look at it as an exercise in adaptability and I take all the twists & turns in stride. I’m the kind of person who can see the bright side of even the worst situations and for whatever fortuitous reasons things just tend to work out well. I think it’s part perspective, part hard work, maybe a dash of good karma, and a fair bit of luck.

The same can be said in my knitting & spinning life. I always have plans and lists and hopes and dreams of where I’m going here. I work hard, try to always give credit where credit is due, do what I can to be a force of positive energy in the knitting universe, and stay open to good opportunities for myself as well as inspiration for you. All this being said, a whole lot of what happens here is not exactly planned. Some days I get to help organize a special discount from a fab shop (see yesterday’s post for an example of that!), sometimes a special skein arrives in the mail, sometimes I hop over to a sponsor to check out some sock yarn for the Socks with Sarah KAL and I wind up buying a gorgeous mitten kit, and sometimes I try out a new yarn solely because it’s a deal. I’m always looking and open to what might be next and for whatever fortuitous reasons things just tend to work out well.

Earlier this week, I got this beautiful skein in the mail from Sheepish Yarn Co.

20140226-105937.jpgA skein of BFL Sock in — you guessed it — the beautiful Nuthatch. What a lovely, unexpected surprise – I can’t wait to knit it up!  Thank you, Sheepish Yarn Co!

After wrapping up my Hermione’s Everyday Socks Monday, I opted to cast-on something that isn’t a sock. Yes, it’s shocking, probably, but it was time to give another type of project a little whirl around my needles. So I pulled out my little indulgence…

20140226-105955.jpgMy Snowfling Mitts kit from Tanis Fiber Arts.

Like so many dyers & yarns this year, Tanis Fiber Arts is new-to-me thanks to the Socks with Sarah KAL. After a lovely exchange with Tanis regarding the KAL, I hopped over to the shop with the intention of picking up a skein or two of her sock yarns. I was about to click ‘checkout’ when I saw the ‘kits’ category. And somehow I wound up with this gorgeous kit in my shopping basket, too. The yarns are to-die-for and for this colorwork junky the pattern is just so much fun. Considering the winter here has no intentions of giving way to spring any time soon, I’m going to knit these with full confidence that I will get some use of them yet this year. If it isn’t going to be warm, I will at least enjoy some new mittens, darn it!

Of course, because I’ve given my word to knit socks everyday, I needed to cast-on a new pair of socks, too, so as not to skip a day. So I went with another Churchmouse Basic Sock in Online Supersocke 6ply.

20140226-111830.jpgI got this from WEBS on a pretty serious discount or closeout. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I grabbed it anyway because at $12 for 400yds of sport weight yarn destined for socks I couldn’t go wrong giving it a try. For a relatively inexpensive yarn, it’s pretty good — I can’t complain and in sport weight they are knitting up super quickly. Usually I use a 3.25mm needle for my sport weight socks, but they are currently in use on my mittens, so I am using a 3.00mm.  I think the ribbing & Old Norwegian cast-on will make them stretchy enough to fit. My back-up plan if they wind up on the small side is to give them to my son whose feet are as long, but not quite as wide as mine. Either way, they will have a home & lots of use in my house.

What will the rest of the week bring? Of course, I have a plan, a map of how I’d like it to go, but, really, who knows! Two things are certain: I’ll be kept on my toes and there will be knitting in my hands. And for whatever fortuitous reasons, things will probably work out well.

6 thoughts on “On My Toes”

    1. It certainly takes some practice before it becomes comfortable in your hands, but once it does… Well, I find colorwork one of the hardest types of projects to put down! There are a different techniques & tools you can try if how you’ve worked it in the past didn’t ‘click’ with you. There must be a way!

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