Regarding those green socks: I don’t have second sock syndrome. I thought I would. I am glad I took the advice of some of you to knit the cuffs off both socks before moving on to the heel of the first. I think that must make all the difference. That, and really plowing through to finish that first sock and quickly getting on with the second. I found turning my first heel to be amazing, by the way.
As I have finished a handful of knitting projects lately that I began many months ago in a compulsive frenzy of casting on, I am realizing that I don’t want to knit like that anymore. I want to stay with a project start to finish without giving myself enough time to lose all excitement. I think the same holds true with buying yarn. I don’t want to buy yarn for a project until I am ready to cast on. I am sure many of you have already figured out these things.
After finding carpet beetles devouring a couple of skeins of Quince & Co. yarn (yes, devastating–and yes, the beetles definitely originated in this old house of mine) I realized that storing my yarn on open shelves of roadside thrift store origin had to come to an end. Every skein has taken a turn in the freezer and I now store my yarn in plastic boxes. I thought this would make me sad, but in fact, I am happy not to be looking at all the yarn I don’t have time to knit. It’s a load off. However, I am not happy about those Quince skeins. But this just reinforces the idea that I should try not to acquire more yarn than I can knit in a reasonable amount of time.
Winterwoods is finished, although I have no idea when I will press, frame, and hang it on the wall. In the last photos I took, I only had the letter “z” left. I saved it for last on purpose, just for fun.
On a sad note, our Lark Rise bees didn’t survive the first hard frosts. We were afraid that they hadn’t built up their population enough after swarming in July to be able to survive, although of course we hoped they would beat the odds. So, we don’t have any bees now which is sad, but we do have some honey and beeswax which is a happy surprise. We haven’t bought any equipment to handle it nor have we researched this end of things. We are just playing around having fun. We’re making plans for next year’s bees already.
One of my good friends had a baby girl last night. I had the honor of visiting in the hours after the birth to prepare a meal and take photographs. I even got to put the baby’s first diaper on her. I can’t stop thinking about it all. In fact, I hardly slept at all once I came home last night and when I did, I dreamed about sweet baby girl. I can’t imagine being a birth assistant or midwife. The excitement would kill me. What a privilege it was to be there in those early post birth moments, though. I’m so proud of my dear friend.
p.s. My boys made the paper stars using a pattern from Origami for Children