These are the Quarzonite socks, knit in a little over 3 weeks. My sock knitting time is getting faster! It used to be that I had to really push to finish a pair in a month. Now (maybe it’s because of all this time I spend on the bus commuting to and from school) its closer to 3 weeks at a less-than-breakneck speed. The basket-weave-like pattern was fun to knit. Each row is different than the last, but the chart repeats after 16 or so rows, so it was easy to learn the chart and knit without referring to it. Go Claire go! The yarn is Bugga! from Verdant Gryphon in a blue colorway (not sure of the name; this was stashed yarn I acquired a while ago). I used a short-row heel rather than a gusset/heel combo as the pattern suggests. I also knit the toes my usual way (with JMCO, two at a time, same as in this post) instead of the pattern’s instructions.
I’ve gotten an early start on holiday presents this year. These socks were a gift for my mom. Normally I’d refrain from posting these before Hanukkah, but mom said she was running low on socks and requested them early. Now they are in the mail on their way to keep her feet cozy.
Here’s a good picture of the basketweave in slightly lower light:
I’m glad to say that grad school is going well. Being RN felt like working from puzzle full of holes, and now nurse practitioner school is like filling in the spaces with the rest of the pieces. The information is super interesting, and hours will fly by without me noticing while I’m studying or writing papers. The new house and new roommates are treating me well, too. After turning my life upside-down last year, it’s nice that life has once again become (and continues to be) happy and peaceful.
I’ve been trying to spend less time on screens (AKA watching Netflix), so I’ve set myself a goal of sewing one thing a week. I had 3 successful weeks and then took last week off. Sewing regularly is working wonders for my skill level, concentration, and pattern drafting/altering abilities. I’m back to my weekly sewing goal this week and I’m sure I’ll have more posts soon.