Thursday, June 08, 2006

Sick, Sock, Suck

I have been sick for a week and have spent much of the time feeling sleepy and weepy. Today I am feeling a tad better and have not had to lie down at all. I cheer myself up with the picture showing the view from Mum's sitting room window in Durham. The Cathedral is in the background and on Thursday evenings they practise the bell ringing and the sounds float out over the city. She has house plants and flowers all along the window-sill and crystals and mirrors hanging down to reflect the light and stop the birds from flying into the window.

I got sick of socks too. In fact I got to the stage where I had decided that "socks suck". That's probably because I knitted so many without a break. I did them from right to left in the picture.
I had pinned them up from left to right and then spun the Hill's Hoist around to get a better bit of garden as background.
I've worn the blue ones but the rest are all still virgins. In fact I now have this dreadful maternal instinct about them. How can I give them away and who too?

I dont know why I feel so possessive about them. They are not beautifully done. Although I admit that I have "improved" the amount of ventilation at the ankles as can be seen here. Red sock is sock one/pair two and still has fanlights at the ankle turn and pick up. The Motley sock is the most recent and shows no light through the same stitches at the turn, only through the slightly lacy pattern.

Okay. I have not knitted a sock for about two weeks or so now and I'm getting over the sock-saturation. I was able to get them out and photograph them for posterity. I have started other projects. I have even looked eagerly at "Knitting on the Road" by Nancy Bush which Sue lent me. More socks!

But, now I have started I can understand why other knitters always have a sock on the needles. I shall just go and cast on "Dalarna" before I prepare a very late lunch.
Cheers Gillian


  • Gillian, your socks look so good hung up on the clothesline. A very artistic photo, and shows them off well together with your back yard. I cannot believe that you knit so many pairs so quickly. I also love the view from your mother's window. It looks very inviting and relaxing. By the way Isabelle said that Kitty is very silky, maybe needs a change of name, he he.

    By Blogger sue, At 3:11 AM  

  • Quite seriously impressed by the view from your Mum's window and by your sock production!

    By Blogger Taphophile, At 3:19 AM  

  • Holy moly! That is one heck of a lot of socks. Were the motley socks knitted out of Sockotta? It looks just like the yarn I recently used to make my Father some socks with! Hope you're feeling better. Your Mother is truly blessed to have such lovely views from her windows!

    By Blogger Heide, At 6:32 PM  

  • Hope you're feeling better now. Must be the COLD weather. We've all been sick here and it's warmer than where you are.

    Your socks look spectacular on the line. A few years ago when I first discovered sock knitting, I managed to give myself 'sock burnout' as all I knit for most of the year was socks. Now I just have one on the needles as well as.....

    By Blogger Dot, At 4:25 PM  

  • Great to "have you back" so to speak. Sorry you have been sick but glad you are now feeling more up to more "sock" knitting!!

    I am really impressed with your production. Wow! Garden looks great as well.

    One thing tho you haven't mentioned how you got on, on the plane trip. Did you do any of your spool knitting at all??

    PS I can find a good home for some socks!! Lol. Cold enough here at the moment with another southerly and snow coming soon.

    Knit on >^..^<

    By Blogger Beverley, At 3:28 PM  

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