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August 6, 2013

august is for finishing
posted by soe 1:53 am

One of the groups I belong to on Ravelry is Sock Knitters Anonymous, which, 11 months of the year, hosts organized sock knitting challenges. I am notoriously bad at following through on intentions to knit along with them.

The 12th month of the year, though, is officially a respite for the group’s moderators, allowing them to organize and prepare for the next year’s challenges, which start in September. Group members have, however, taken up the slack and host an informal knitalong in August designed to encourage those tardy finishers amongst us to free up our needles and replenish our sock drawers.

I have, in some form or another, 14 pairs of unfinished socks. This month’s challenge seems custom-suited to me. Some socks are just started, the barest of toes or cuffs. Others are completed single socks and three of them are partially into the second sock. It is these three pairs that I am concentrating on finishing up this month:

August Socks

The blue are Sherlockian Socks, started in April 2012; the green are Sockdolager, cast on for Sock Madness in March 2013; and the multicolored stripes, Fruitcake, are my current plain jane knit that I work on during concerts, outdoor movies, and baseball games and were cast on last December. If I can get through them, I’ll have to reassess what remains and see what are the next likeliest to complete.

But I’d be happy with just those three pairs up there.

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August 2, 2013

precious cargo, old friend, and change of scenery
posted by soe 1:07 am

Happy August! It’s Thursday again, which means it’s time once more to look back on three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A woman walks down the street carrying a golden retriever puppy in her arms.

2. Sam and his wife, Alexis, and her family were all in town for a vacation and chose to spend Saturday afternoon with us at Nationals Park watching the Mets game. Since Sam, Rudi, and I have known each other since before Rudi and I were a couple, and since we don’t see each other often anymore, it was really nice to have a few hours together (including an extra one caused by a rain delay) to catch up.

3. Rudi and I went out for gelato and, because the night was fine, took our cups over to in front of the local museum and sat out there together in the dark for a while.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

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