When Life Gives You High Winds, Knit Socks

So a couple of days ago, my husband and I were enjoying a nice cup of coffee in the tower…

It was a beautiful morning and we were watching birds and the petals fall from whatever the tree is over in the corner of our lot. We think maybe it’s a crabapple, but we’re still learning about the yard.

Then a few hours later our beautiful view looked like this…

That’s what approximately 70mph straight line winds look like. The sirens had gone off so we had taken the opportunity to basically do a tornado drill in the new house with the kids. Mr Knitting Sarah was upstairs monitoring the skies and snapped the picture. I was running up to grab a stuffed animal for my daughter, looked out the back window, and saw the finch feeder literally flying horizontally. My face basically made the wide-eyed emoji face and I gladly returned to taking cover with the kids and stuffed animal.

Somewhere in the middle of this, the power went out because this happened a half block away…

A total of 3 or 4 telephone poles snapped and whatever the giant thing in the road is must have taken flight from the adjacent lumberyard.  We are all fine and very fortunately the only real damage we had were a couple big limbs broke off of our trees, one of which got hung up 20 or so feet in the air and required some help from an arborist. Our power was off for most of the rest of the day, but the utilities company had us up and running by about 9 or 10pm which was awesome and especially impressive since this storm was the first of 3 bands of severe storms that rolled through.  Really, it could have been much worse and we’re thankful our impact was as minimal as it was.

For this reason, I’ve been a bit behind (yet again) and where I thought I’d share new handspun skeins with you this week, I’m instead going to share what I actually finished thanks to this wild week: socks.

I started this particular pair the day the movers came which was roughly 6 weeks ago — that seems not long and very long ago at the same time now. In any case, it started with this skein…

A single skein of Spun Right Round‘s Sport Sock in the Chalkboard colorway. Having worked with this yarn before I knew the Simple Skyp Socks pattern was a great fit. Since I literally was casting-on while waiting for the movers to arrive, a familiar pattern seemed like the way to go. And you know what? It was perfect. I worked most of the pattern from memory and although I’ve been bouncing back and forth between projects lately, when the storms were in and out this week and I was on the phone making arrangements to handle the trees, it just gave me a great window to finish them up. And I’m not one to waste an opportunity like that! I managed to kitchener up the last toe last night.

Aren’t they super pretty?

And truly, what better project to be working on while menacing skies zip by over head and bird feeders fly horizontally in your backyard?

The answer is that there isn’t a better project. Bright, cheerful Simple Skyp Socks for the win!

Since these are sport weight, I will likely be squirreling them away until the fall. I mean, we had a frost advisory last night, but I think we should probably (read: hopefully) be out of snow and literal freezing temps for this season. I’m happy to have a new project in the FO pile though and while I’d prefer to not have quite such wild weather anytime in the near future, I’m actually thankful for the disruption from the routine and the chance to wrap up this project. I’m also feeling pretty confident when I  say that when life gives you high winds, you should definitely knit socks.

16 responses to “When Life Gives You High Winds, Knit Socks

  1. It really was quite the storm, wasn’t it? It hit us the evening before it got to you. It felt rather slow moving for something so powerful. Glad to hear that your new home stayed safe. (We had only tree damage as well, we were fortunate.)

    • I hope your gardens weren’t damaged!

      It was! I think it was just the multiple bands that were weird for us that spanned such a long period of time (like 8hours!). Of course, I’m new to this area so that might be playing a role, too. But YES! I’m so glad all we had was tree damage!

      • We lost the tops off some young trees, they sorta look like sticks in the ground with leaves at the top now. It’s disappointing to lose a year of growth, but ultimately they will probably survive it.

  2. Having been in your situation (while traveling in our trailer), I must ask…did you give the stuffed animal to your children?

  3. Wow! That was a crazy night! Glad you are all OK. I have to ask – when the bird feeder was horizontal, was the bird still hanging on eating? We had a really windy day this week and I noticed the hummingbird feeder moving about quite a bit and the little hummer working really hard to stay with it. 🙂 The birds come to our feeders in all sorts of crazy weather.

    Oh, and the sock look absolutely adorable – I love that yarn!

    • LOL! Nope, no birds in sight. I don’t know how they’d have faired. I mean, that was just below category 1 hurricane force winds so I’d be impressed with a bird hanging on through that!

  4. I’m just so glad you guys are safe! And the finished socks are the perfect antidote to gloomy weather.

  5. Hmm, another blogger mentioned storms in Kansas…I’m thinking this is all from the same front?! Glad everyone is safe and sound and you even got a pair of pretty socks out of that storm!

    • I’m guessing! I think the whole midwest had some rough going this past week. Hopefully the coming week is more calm!

      And yes! Yay for socks!

  6. Glad you, family and home are okay! I love those socks….have to ask where you got those blockers. I have been looking for blockers lately and would love to have some with hangers on them–these look like they do.

    • The sock blockers are Bryspun Stainless Steel Sock Blockers and yes, they do have hangers on them. They come in different sizes so I have one set that is my size and one my hubby’s. I’ve had them probably 5 years and they are in the same shape as the day I bought them. I can’t recommend them enough!

      They are available a lot of places! Jimmy Beans Wool and Webs are a couple of the bigger online shops that carry them that I know of. I got mine at an LYS though so I know they are also carried in a lot of shops. 🙂

  7. Oh my! I hear ya. Knitting is always my prescription for stormy weather-which we are very susceptible to here in Newfoundland. Love the socks-they are the silver lining to the dark clouds!

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