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Time on my hands

Monday, February 11th, 2013

I’ve juggled my schedule a little this week, so ended up having today off…that’s my 4th day at home in a row. I’ve been sock knitting, watching the Swiss do a little better than of late in the Ski World Cup and dealing with mountains of laundry and mending. The girls are home for ski week and so I even cooked a nice lunch for one daughter plus boyfriend…..and the whole time I had an overwhelming feeling of having free time. I caught myself several times thinking, ‘wow, this is how it used to be…I had all this time and I never quite appreciated it’. Isn’t it funny how quickly life and perceptions can change.

Anyway, it’s been a lovely catching up, pottering sort of day. I’ve even cleaned out the (disgusting) fridge – which gave me a deep feeling of satisfaction. Which is a bit sad really, but hey, it did make me happy!

On the sock front I’m coming to the end of the plain vanilla socks I’m knitting for my son – using Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino in the delightfully named ‘If it Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It’ colourway. This is great sock wool – it knits up really densely and it’s going to be perfect for the son and heir.


Which brings me to the one niggle of the day. You see that tiny little ball of wool that has just sneaked into the corner of the photo…it’s not very big is it? I’m back to my perennial ‘have I got enough wool to finish this sock’ neurosis. It’s going to be tight…but fingers crossed….on the other hand, I think I’m going to be a big girl and just weigh the darned thing…then I’ll know, won’t I?



I’m back…and as long as my needles don’t weigh more than 9g I’m good…..I think I’m good…the needles don’t register on my not very accurate scales, but they are only made of something that looks like bamboo and they’re very light..light as a feather.

This sock will have a toe.

I hope.



10 Responses to “Time on my hands”

  1. Tracey Says:

    You have just reaffirmed my decision to always knit socks toe-up! Good luck….

  2. Flying Blind Says:

    I hope you are right about the sock!!!

  3. Catherine Says:

    Great yarn. My sock is coming on very slowly: I really need more concentration time

  4. Katy Says:

    Well if all else fails, maybe you can make toeless socks as fashionable as fingerless gloves… šŸ˜‰

  5. Gertie Says:

    Maybe if we all think about the toe of the sock, there will be enough wool! Like when the Sun printed David Beckham’s broken foot on the back page and told its readers to think his foot better. I hope it all works out as they are going to be very funky socks!

  6. diane stanley Says:

    4 days off, how did that happen? Glad you got some YOU time in there along with cleaning out the fridge

  7. Elisabeth Says:

    Lovely, four days off! Sounds like bliss especially when used for knitting socks šŸ™‚
    Every time you say you’ve cleaned the fridge I freeze and think that I really need to go and clean mine. Right I’m off…

  8. Diane Neale Says:

    Oh that sock wool looks super. I love the colours. I really must try the proper wool, using the right needles for the right pattern. I’m sure they will turnout better!

  9. Leanne Says:

    The socks are lovely, and I know that feeling well. Glad you are enjoying your time off.

  10. Julie Says:

    I love a few days off at a time too, Helen. I work in our home as you know, but when we can go away for a weekend so I can’t hear the paperwork call my name, it’s wonderful. I love the yarn you’re knitting the socks with. I know I’m probably biased because my daughter dyed the yarn and gave it such a uniquely named colorway, right? šŸ™‚

    It’s always so nice to read a new blog post here. God bless your week! xxoo