This week, I can show off one finished Athos sock! YAY! Hot off the needles (in other words, not blocked yet) yesterday afternoon. I immediately cast on for the second sock, and got the first three rows started--seems to me once I hit three rows on the double points, the sock stabilizes and stops feeling like something I am going to twist, drop stitches, or otherwise mess up. At that point, I feel safe setting it down to come back to later. So far (I think this is pair of socks #10?) I have not experienced second sock syndrome. Once I get the first one off the needles, I cannot wait to get the second one completed so I can wear them (if they are mine) or gift them to their intended recipient (in this case, DS2 for Christmas).
Athos, sock one
Meanwhile, I finished reading Home Grown, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I even copied a few lines from the book that I found especially thought provoking, to keep for myself as motivational quotes. Last night I started Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon, and even though I only got about ten pages in before bedtime, I can tell that I am going to love the book. I have read all of her previous Mitford novels, and despite it having been several years since the last one, I all ready feel like no time at all has passed since my last rendezvous with the Mitford characters. Always the sign of a good book :0)
oaklet with too many stitches per row to stretch out without dropping stitches,
Athos sock 2 just begun (on top of book)
My poor oaklet shawl has been largely ignored this week; I think I may have done all of five rows on it since last Wednesday. No fault of the pattern, or the yarn. I am enjoying both. It just got set aside for most of the week because of other things going on, and my decision to spend most of my knitting time finishing sock one of DS2's Christmas socks.
How about you? How has your knitting and reading gone in the past seven days?