This week’s fibre is a little bit of a risk. Well maybe it’s not. It’s almost certainly, maybe, not a risk. Here’s the deal. I’ve started my SIL’S Christmas socks. The pattern is Lumberjacks. The pattern is not the risk. The pattern is awesome. This is my third pair in as many months. It’s great. The colour is fine. She’ll love red socks. The yarn is great too, but it’s also the problem. You see the pattern calls for a huge amount of yardage for each pair of socks. I’m not sure if it’s a difference in gauge, but according to the pattern I should need just over a skein of the master colour for a pair of men’s socks. As it turns out I need less than a skein. I fair bit less than a skein. So considering that I only used the red for the heels and toes for my hubby’s socks, and the ladies socks have fewer stitches per round and fewer rounds over all, I should need a much smaller amount of yarn than with the men’s socks. So I should have enough red yarn. It seems reasonable to think that. In fact it seems foolish to think anything else. I’m almost certain this will work.
A yarn scale would make my life easier and happier. But that would require me to know where my scale is and right now I kind of sort of don’t. And anyway, it’s way more fun not knowing and having the anxiety spur me on. It will make me a faster knitter since we all know that if you knit super fast you will in fact avert a pending yarn shortage. But that’s not going to happen. I think.
This week I finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. As the story progresses you realize that it is, at its core, a very complex discussion on humanity and human nature. It asks the question, how do we retain our humanity in the face of insurmountable odds? Why do some people maintain a moral code of conduct that is reflective of current values, and others morph into something abhorrent? Or are do some people adapt while others cling to the past? It’s a fantastic metaphor for heaven and hell. It’s both brutally grim at times and uplifting in its depiction of a father and son’s unwavering love. I’m not certain I can recommend this book, but if you can deal with the writing style and very dark content it is worth the read.