Today I finished the first Hildegard sock. I’m really pleased with almost all aspects of it. Here is a finished shot:
The stitch pattern and the gusset look even better with an actual finished sock to be included in. However, I decided that I really didn’t want to do the star toe I’ve been using for years because I’ve been getting such lumpy bits when I work my yarn through the remaining stitches. So I went with grafting. And I now remember why I never graft. I am totally rotten at it. I remember that Lucy Neatby has some interesting advice on dealing with grafting, and I am going to look it up and follow it for the next sock I graft. Maybe my Petit-four sock – or maybe I will chicken out and just wait till my second Hildegard. Time will tell.
I have always been fond of doodling. Back in the days before I decided that it was a good idea to knit during meetings, I used to doodle during meetings. Back in the old days when I lived in California, I used to keep some quadrangle paper and colored pens at work to use for meeting doodles. (My brain works better when my hands are occupied – really!) Well, Sarah over at Live and Let Knit … and Craft (in the list of Blogs I Read) showed some Zentangles she had made and I was reminded very strongly of my old doodles. I checked out the website and found lots of fascinating samples and decided I wanted to get in on the act. So I ordered a kit. It came, and I have now created my first two Zentangles:
These are far from inspired examples of the genre, but they are helping me get up to speed. So far, I’m following the instructions very exactly. One of these days I shall branch out. For one thing, I will want to add color. But with something like this, as with knitting, I like to feel that I understand the basics before I head off and start inventing things right and left. This is a fun activity and very soothing. (It makes a great thing to do when one of my grandchildren is using my computer, too.)
Thanks, Sarah, for getting me started on this!