Tigers on her feet

It was back to work today and very little time for knitting or anything else. I managed to find and return all but two books to the library, which means I am completely out of borrowed audio books for the moment. I dipped into the “purchased for emergencies” stash to have something other than noise on the car’s CD Player.

I even tried to be the good mom, and stopped for groceries on the way home. This may be the only time all year when I don’t get flak from the teens on unloading the car. After all, how else are they going to get at all the wheat products that they have been missing? Tortillas, pretzels, noodles, breaded chicken wings, and ramen: my crew has pretty eclectic tastes. Since I made the stop an hour away from home at Vogelweh, I skipped all the frozen goods in favor of a short trip tomorrow to PHV on my way home.

From the stash

 leg on the second sock
The yarn as I mentioned yesterday is Tiger, Opal yarn from Wolfgang which I bought directly from the factory in late 1999 as it turns out. This is prior to Opal coming to the US via Mary Lou at PT Yarn .

Which reminds me, if you need the sideways sock (especially for long repeat patterns) Mary Lou has it posted here.

But anyway – the first sock is now complete and the second is 15 cm down the leg. I thought they would be for one of the guys. They both looked at me like I was insane and muttered something about not looking masculine enough. Sheesh. So the next on the list was the 18 year old. She is the one who wears army boots with her skirts. Other than the fact that the first foot is too long, she thinks they are cool. Now, I am knitting these top down. Shorten the toe by a couple of cms? No problem, the work of 15 minutes. As apposed to frogging them completely for fewer stitches around if I want to keep them for myself.

Lastly, since my knitting this year seems to be unlimited sock KALs of one kind or another interspersed with some bigger projects, I decided that I really needed a spreadsheet to keep track of all my committments. So far I have four fairly simple pages to the workbook: one for patterns that I have (including where they are), one for the stash (important things like year, source, fiber and amount), one for the commitments and the last for the completed socks. But I am not going to run totals on the supplies page, that would be TMI. I will post it for download as soon as it is completed if anyone is interested.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Tigers on her feet

  1. amanda j says:

    I don’t know! What do boys want in their socks??

    Your spreadsheet sounds very organised! I wouldn’t know where to start.

  2. Ute says:

    Hi Holly,

    Darf ich deusch kommentieren bei Dir!

    Danke erstmal für Deine Besuche in meinem Blog. Nun habe ich mal Zeit auch bei Dir reinzuschauen.

    Du hast den ersten Opaltiger – ich weiß dass ganz viele Leute den viel viel schöner finden, wie den, den es dann bei den Rainforest gab. Ich mag sie beide. Opal sowieso. Und ich beneide Dich, dass Du schon mal in Hechingen warst. Das muss ich auch irgendwann einmal. Aber im MOment sind die Kinder noch so jung, da klappt es nicht mal eben so!

    Ich freue mich total, dass ich über den RSC ein bisschen über die deutschen Blogs hinaus mitbekomme auch wenn ich mich mit dem Englischen immer etwas unsicher fühle!

    einen lieben Gruß nach Heidelberg

  3. Kay says:

    Hi…like your Tiger Socks. I was looking for that yarn because there is an interesting pattern on the web using that same yarn: purl when ready socks

  4. Kay says:

    Sorry, the link did not work for the purl when ready socks. Here it is; you’ll have to cut and paste:


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