boring sock progress

Sozialismus socks

Yep, more boring sock progress to share.  This is a long-long Hunterwasser sock that spent many, many months in the bottom of knitting basket: half-finished, hibernating in a project bag.  No doubt feeling lost and maybe a little bored.  In any case, in need of some soothing stockinette I picked it up again.

It started life as some kind of ribbed sock — madder ribbed, I believe — but that didn’t fit quite right.  So before abandoning the poor thing to craft purgatory, I’d started over in my favorite basic pattern: the Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock.  It’s not the most thrilling of patterns, but I like the deep ribbing at the top and find it helps the socks to stay up quite well.  I am thinking that some more adventurous patterns might be just the ticket eventually — my sock drawer could certainly use some reinforcements, after all …

In a fit of almost knitting in public, I’d decided to take the sock with me to a goofy Elizabeth Taylor double feature happening at the local cinema.  Yet somehow, I managed to get out the door with no knitting and no time to turn around.  So it was a knitting-free couple of hours in the theater.  All in all, kind of a strange experience on a Saturday afternoon: it felt like I’d taken a rather long nap with rather strange dreams when, 4 hours later, I wandered back out into the sunshine and heat.  Perhaps the knitting would have helped?

Sozialismus socks

However … last night, I decided to start something completely different.  I’m working on the first sleeve right now — and am cautiously optimistic about this particular bulky sweater.  We shall see.  And then we shall post some photos.

In the meantime, the stripe study has not been forgotten.  Merely tidied away.

stripes

And now, it’s time to get to work.  I’m finding, predictably, this dissertation process a little difficult to grapple with — so much to do, but where to start?  At the end, of course; at least, that’s where I’m starting.

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9 thoughts on “boring sock progress

  1. I’m always fascinated by those Hundertwasser socks, the patterns look so much like colourwork it almost feels like cheeting ;-) I hear you on the difficulties of getting started with the dissertation, I have the same problem, perpetually.

  2. I know EXACTLY what you mean about your movie experience. I often feel like that when I see a matinee on a hot summer afternoon. I wonder if that’s how a bear upon rousing from hibernation.

    The sock looks awesome — colorful and cheerful!

    Dissertation work… sometimes a slog, sometimes a delight.

  3. I think it’s hard to have a boring sock with colors that exciting. Good luck with the diss, I know exactly how you feel. I started at the beginning, but it’s getting tough so I’m thinking of switching to the end.

  4. I think The Gentlemen’s Plain Winter Sock just moved up a bit on my queue. I do have a bit of non-boring yarn that needs knitting.

    “Merely tidied away.” Nice, I’ll have to keep that in mind when I rotate through my projects.

  5. I have boring socks that look exactly like that. Well, the ribbing isn’t quite as deep. They’re good for layering, since mine are a little larger than I’d like. Same yarn though.

  6. I dunno about sock knitting — but they do seem rather cheerful. I decided for the sake of experience and “My sister’s knitter” who makes sock knitting seem “fun” I might give it a go this Fall. However I am familiar with shelving the stripe projects. I’ve got Different Lines junking up my bedroom trunk as I write this. I’m glad to know other knitters are rotating through their projects right now. I’m trying really hard not to submit to summer knitting blahs … I don’t feel like a single project has progressed this summer.

    Like the blog. Wishing you good writing mojo, academic and otherwise :)

  7. I LOVE this post. ‘So much to do, but where to start? At the end, of course; at least, that’s where I’m starting.’ True so often of many things I do, so pithily expressed. Hee hee.

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