My ADD Sockette!


Those of you who really know me, know that my ADD prevents me from fully appreciating the sock knitting….LOL! Tiny needles? :::::shudder:::: But here’s proof that old dogs can learn new tricks!

What’s amazing about this sock is:

  • I used the short-row toe/heel method I had just learned at Stitches on Friday
  • I whipped this baby out in no time
  • I actually re-did the heel 3 times (I would have chucked it in the UFO pile while declaring sock knitting is for the birds BSL (Before Sock Love!)
  • I created/adapted a pattern!
  • It’s called My ADD Sockette because:

  • It’s wildly colorful like my personality
  • Short blips of color like my attention span
  • It took very little time to knit, thus, did not exceed my ability to attend to it
  • Specs:

    Yarn: 100% Merino by Creatively Dyed Colorway: Annato
    Needles: Magic looped using US #2

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    Afghan Squares For Pine Ridge Reservation

    I managed to whip out two Caps For Connor, and no sooner were they in the mail, when I saw this post from Chez Insanity about the Afghan Squares For Pine Ridge Reservation project. (Note, that last one is a Ravelry link, so Non-Ravelers will not be able to see it).

    The description says, in part, “Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest spot in the USA. The average life expectancy for residents is only 47 for males and early 50s for women. The unemployment rate is 90% and the teen suicide rate is four times the national average. Basics such as running water, heat and food are scarce for many residents let alone jobs and health care. These challenges are particularly difficult to deal with given the geographical isolation of the Rez and the incredibly harsh climate.”

    The group is creating squares for blankets for residents of the Reservation. A Lakota woman is seaming them all together.

    This has all the earmarks of yet another great Homeschool Service Project! C’mon, join in!

    Caps For Connor

    If you are on Ravelry, please consider joining the charitable crafting group Caps For Connor. A member there has a son whose best friend (8-years-old?) was just diagnosed with a very rare, and very aggressive form of brain cancer. All the kids are shaving their heads in support. However, it’s Winter…in Wisconsin! So the effort is to create caps for all the kids to show their solidarity in school colors. Deadline is 12/5. See group for details. (Note: If you are not on Ravelry, the link will not work)

    Ravelympics

    If you weren’t already convinced that my sanity is zapped, I offer this proof for your consideration:

    I’ve joined the Ravelympics on Ravelry.

    Now, lest you think I’ve really and truly lost it, let’s read that sentence again. I’ve joined it. Realistic hope of finishing said project does not figure anywhere into it! I’m making a (very easy) fair isle vest for my youngest. It was meant as pure therapy, and a diversion from all that is going on in my life (see previous post), and I do feel some guilt that I put aside my mom’s afghan to do it. However, dealing with my mom’s situation (a daily barrage of phone calls with doctors, social workers, family/friends needing updates, and 100 mile (round-trip) trips to see her roughly 3-4 times per week), I wanted to work on something that didn’t have all that attached to it, so I could “escape” just a little. That strategy isn’t working out so well, but I’m making a Gold Medal Effort!

    The Year of Personal Transformation

    I know I’ve let my blogging go by the wayside a bit. Which is odd, since I do a fair amount of freelance writing. Like my knitting, writing serves as therapy when Life’s Little Moments descend. This year has had an exceptional number of them:

    In February, my oldest (whom you may remember as the Little Red Scarf Dude), was diagnosed with epilepsy. This is in addition to auto-immune Type 1 diabetes. So far, we’ve been incredibly blessed. He had the two initial seizures, and has been seizure free since then, though he does suffer from migraines from time to time now.

    In June, my beloved little LYS where I had worked and taught for just over four years closed its doors. It was bittersweet – sad, because I loved it so; happy, because the owner is off to bigger and better things in her life.

    I’ve had to weather a few personal crises as well, the least of which was an abnormal mammogram (which eventually was biopsied, and is nothing of concern).

    Then, last month, just when I thought maaaaaaaybe there’d be a pause for breath, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and the prognosis currently does not look good at all.

    Despite all of this, or more accurately, because of it all, I feel incredibly blessed. God has surrounded me with wonderful, supportive, loving people. He’s given me the strength and tenacity to deal with it all. And I have this wonderful craft that allows me to process Life through this incredible therapeutic filter.

    Funny Drummer Dude!

    This is so not knitting related, but has caused quite a stir here at Casa Stro! May I present to you, for your viewing enjoyment, Funny Drummer Dude:

    OKC: On the needles, a shawlette for my daughter’s best friend’s birthday!

    Bogie Rox My Sox!

    The ever-gracious, and seriously talented Ms. Bogie Bogie of Bobaknit fame (in addition to her fame as a designer!) shared her mad socks skillz with the Guild tonight. Her designs are so brilliant that she may yet make a sock-knitting convert out of this self-professed big needle knitter!

    I know I sound like I’m laying it on thick, but to be in her presence and see he work is to feel as though you are in the room with sheer genius, and I am truly humbled.

    The frequent ramblings of a formerly forty-something fiberartist . . .

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