Sensational Knitted Socks
I ordered a highly-recommended sock book recently and each time I sit down to look through it, I learn something new. Sensational Knitted Socks demystifies the sock-knitting process and provides resources for those who learn best visually as well as for those who prefer to deal with charts and tables. If asked which one sock-knitting resource I would recommend, this is it. There are instructions for 4 dpns, 5 dpns and knitting socks on 2 circular needles (also adaptable to the "Magic Loop" technique). Ask for it at your local yarn store or favorite bookstore.
I mentioned in an earlier blog entry that I am going to attempt knitting socks using the "Magic Loop" method and I brought the instructional booklet home with me today. There are also many excellent tutorials online, but the booklet showcases the method along with providing several additional non-sock patterns using an extra-long circular needle.
Thank you all for the suggestions regarding clogs/mules! Before too long it will be warming up here and I won't be wearing ANY socks -- it will be flip-flops and pedicures for me! However, I'll definitely keep knitting socks so I can meet my sock-knitting goal for the year.
I've been a bit quiet online the past few weeks . . . I've been in a season of learning some new things about myself and breaking some bad habits. The older I get, the more I realize that I desire freedom from expectations more than I desire just about anything. I tend to allow others to set standards for me and I just can't do that any longer. I can't get back the opportunities I've simply LOST due to my over-involvement in things that truly do not fulfill any of my personal goals. It's not regret as much as it is the feeling of frustration I get over ONCE AGAIN allowing others' expectations supersede my own dreams. Initially, I am excited when my friends start something new and when I am asked to help, I do so! But I'm learning to say, "You can do this on your own! I believe in you!" The truth is -- I really DO believe in people. I sometimes continue to believe in people when they lose faith in themselves. YOU are equipped with whatever it is you need to discover and live out your own purpose and your own dreams. I believe that when somebody is passionately pursuing something they were meant to do, they simply need encouragement from the sidelines . . . they don't really NEED for me to roll up my sleeves and work alongside them. I can advise, encourage, facilitate and cheerlead. It's enough. And although I am seriously overdue in having learned this lesson, it's not too late for me.