Comfort food.

I’m not going to dwell on world events today, suffice it to say that 2020 is not how any of us expected. I’m a cheerful introvert at the best of times, but I’ve been feeling quite withdrawn from everything over the last few months. I stopped writing here, I stopped posting on social media, and I nearly stopped knitting.

The only crafty pursuit I’ve been up to at all is sock knitting, and I’ve not even picked it up on some days. I do have a bit to catch up on with you here, as it’s been two entire months, but for weeks it has been socks and socks only. Here goes nothing, the last two months:

I finished my mini Happy Christmas Tree Quilt. This guy and the full sized one are sitting around here now, all quilted, binding attached — sometime I’ll get around to sewing the binding down on both of them.

Vanilla socks — “Electric Feel” by A Homespun House

Don’t look now, but this was another patterned sock finish! The pattern is Rhinebeck Roomies by the Crazy Sock Lady. I used Skein Yarn in the Early Morning Mist colorway.

Vanilla Socks — “Where does the good go?” by StressKnits

Joshua turned 15 in the midst of all of the quiet stay-at-home time, but we had a nice day. He had a mask wearing walk with a friend, we hung out and listened to records while I baked his cake (see below), and we just had a generally lovely day.

Ok, friends. This is hands down the best strawberry cake I’ve ever had. The recipe is pretty amazing. We enjoyed cake for breakfast for a couple of days after this and I’m not even a little sorry.

Yep, your eyes do not decieve you! Another patterned sock, another design by the Crazy Sock Lady! This is Heel Toe Do Si Do in Peachy Keen by The Cozy Knitter.

I cast on this cuff, started a pattern, messed it up, and started another pair of socks. Now that I’m almost done with those, I think I’ll come back to these. I actually think I might switch gears and knit this pair vanilla and cast on another pair of Rainbow Connection socks in something else for my pattern fix. This yarn is “Whale Belly” by A Homespun House.

Last but not least, the aforementioned other pair of socks. These have been surprisingly enjoyeable. This another pair of what I deem workhorse socks, turns out they’re awfully nice when you’re at the house all the time. This is yarn is ONline Supersocke 4-fach Neon Color in color 1721. This is some deep stash, so it’s nice to finally knit it up.

That gets us up-to-date. Thankfully, I’m feeling the funk fade a bit over the last few days. I’ve got a secret project for Astra for Christmas that I want to start and I’ve got 3!! quilts to finish (4 if you count the tree skirt). Other than that, I’m not minding the sock train one bit. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again — I’ll always come back to socks, my very own crafty comfort food.

I hope you are safe and well.


Happy making!

4 thoughts on “Comfort food.

  1. saltyjoknits says:

    I don’t usually take the time to respond like I should – but I’m gonna now 😉 I hope it doesn’t sound too preachy, but I think you’re doing just fine.

    First, I love your updates. What you work on is beautiful and usually inspires me to put aside what I’m doing and knit or sew something similar. I was excited to see a new post!

    Second, I feel you hard on how hard it’s been. For me – starting is the hard part. Like I need 250% more energy to pick up my knitting let alone go into the craft room, design a pattern and pull out supplies and start. But I’ve also gotten to the point where I’m tracking daily “did I do something with my hands that isn’t work, mindless tapping on an ipad or chores”. So if I bake bread, make a pie, knit, crochet, sew, garden etc. that all counts. I’m tracking as a way to motivate myself to DO. Because I slide into a depressed sludgy place when I’m not connecting myself to small, creative nourishing things with my hands.

    Third, you are short-changing yourself, lady. I’m eyeballing almost 5 pairs of socks knit… in two months… several that are patterned. In any times I’d call that winningatlife! But in corona times, you are slaying it! And they are all gorgeous. And now I have sock envy and I’m side eyeing my sweaters on the needles and sniffing like… hmmmm… patterned socks… hmmm.

    You’re doing great!

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    • knit1make2 says:

      Thank you for reaching out! Your perspective is so appreciated. I honestly look back at the last months and feel like it’s been a depressed sludgy place. I have a habit of comparing myself to myself in a not-my-usual, less-than-last-year, not-what-you-expected way. But if I look way back, four pairs of socks in a year would be a lot! It is all relative. I know I am a work in progress as much as those pink socks, so thanks for the comments and the enocouragement!

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