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Since I finished a pair of mitts for my daughter, it's only fair that I start a pair of socks for my son. And yes you are seeing a set of wooden needles-I've noticed lately that when I knit with metal double pointed needles it causes forearm pain, so I thought needles with a bit of give would help.  So far, I think it does the trick.  Maybe I'm "easing up" on my grip in fear of snapping the needles in two, I think I'm an intense double pointed needle knitter.  The sock yarn is Paton's Kroy, it's not a super soft buttery yarn BUT it does have washing and drying instructions that I think a young man cannot felt :)

I'm on the same book Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman and not much of a fan of the plot.  I think I'm turning prudish, I dislike immensely when characters have affairs while married.  It just isn't right and I lose all sympathy and empathy for the character.  However I do like the story arc of the teenage daughter and I guess that is why I am still reading the book.

It's a little crazy here with both kids home so I might be a little late visiting everyone's blog posts.  Can't wait to see what you are knitting and reading this week!

Joining Ginny


Comments

  1. I love your description of yourself as an intense double pointed needle knitter. ;) I could fit into that category with you. I hate ladders of any variety and somehow it just seems like you HAVE to be intense to keep that from happening!

    LOVE those mitts you made for your daughter. One of these days, I'm going to have to have a pair for myself. blessings ~ tanna

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  2. I like the feel of wood needles in my hands and have never broken one yet. There is something about wood and wool that just feels right!
    When I knit for young men who are out on their own I always make sure it's something they can throw in the washer and dryer, it saves a lot of heart ache.
    I hope you have the most wonderful time with your children and remember to pull out your camera.

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  3. I love knitting with wooden/bamboo needles! It's getting to the point where I actually dislike using the metal needles I own.
    Enjoy the time with your kids!!

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  4. Love the mitts- I bet she was thrilled. Lovely blues in the sock yarn.
    Big fan of bamboo needles, they just seem softer. Enjoy your family Karen- Happy Wednesday!

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  5. I love the yarn you chose for the socks. Very handsome! (I was going to say pretty but since they are the male variety....) I've knit a pair or two with the Paton's Kroy & they do wash well and while not super soft they do soften.

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  6. The colors on your sock yarn make me happy!

    I never thought about changing needles. I have so many strange pains in my hands and arms lately. Damn this old age..

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  7. I suppose I'm a tense knitter with dpn's too because I broke two rosewood needles. They were the most expensive ones I had too. Your socks are pretty, and I agree about the adultery. It seems that it's glorified in a lot of books and movies today.

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  8. Thanks so much for your visits to my rare posts these days. So glad you're enjoying your summer busy-ness (nothing like having the kids home, for sure!). The mitts in your previous post are so feminine and pretty! And I had to laugh 'cause I've broken many a dp over the years (acrylic, plastic ones). :)

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  9. LOL at intense DPN Knitter! I have had to really learn to watch my arm tension on DPNs because of RSI issues. I think the right needles can make all the difference.

    Beautiful colorway for the socks! The Pattons Kroy yarn will soften up upon washing and I have found my socks made with that yarn last pretty well so far. The pair I knit 2 years ago is still going strong and looking like new. I put them through the washer but lay them out to dry.

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  10. I agree on the plots with while married affairs. I'm turning prudish with you. I just don't have the patience or the energy for foolish reading.

    I'm seeing lots of 'being fair' knitting today! Yes, once one knits for DD it is only fair that one knits for DS! But socks? and DP needles? Yikes! I will leave that to the experts such as yourself. :) not yet for this girl! Very nice colorway for socks!

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  11. Gorgeous socks - those colours are perfect.
    Some characters just make stories hard to read. I hope it turns out well.
    Enjoy the family time.

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  12. I love wooden double pointed needles. They are pretty much all I use except in knitting needle emergencies when metal is all that's available. :)

    Also I don't know what it says about me that when I first read "being fair" I thought you were going to say you were knitting something for yourself, lol!

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  13. The socks look lovely.
    I am using metal needles at the moment and have forearm pain. After reading your post I am going to switch to bamboo and see if that helps, thanks!
    Happy knitting (:

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  14. Agree with you on the book but not that you are being a prude.

    nice socks! I have become a believer in using yarn according to the person it is gifted to.

    hang in there with all the business...

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  15. Love the colors in the sock yarn. The Kroy socks I've knit soften after washing. Your daughter's mitts are gorgeous.

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  16. Love that colour. Enjoy the craziness :)

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  17. I am getting picky about reading stuff like tat too. Very hard to finish a book I can't empathize with when I don't haveftime to read to begin with!

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  18. I dislike "affair" stories as well, friend. There's just no reason, in my opinion, for that kind of writing. I've got Kroy earmarked for my next project... it's one of my faves for nicely wearing socks.

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  19. You are getting such a lot of knitting done I think it'll be the end of the summer before I can start all the projects stored away. I have a set of small wooden needles that I use for socks and love working with them. I look forward to Autumn and getting them out again.
    Enjoy your time with the children.
    Debx

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  20. Double pointed needles still intimidate me, I don't know why. They always seem a little tricky to start, and then, well, I can't get into the project without starting! I agree with your sentiment about affairs while married: not appealing at all!

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  21. Kroy is such a workhorse of a sock yarn-----even PapaGeek hasn't put his toe through his yet----and he wears them all the time!!!!

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  22. I hardly ever wear blue, but I love to knit blue things and I often knit blue socks (because they go great with jeans). Kroy holds up to wear really well. Why is it that married couples in books are always unhappy? I guess it's because stories require conflict, but I really dislike affairs in books, too.

    Have a wonderful week with your kids!

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  23. Love the socks and the Kroy, a favorite of mine. I have to confide that I haven't used DPNs in years as I traded them in for two circular needles. I no longer get poked by the tips, and find it's easier on my hands fir knitting :)

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  24. Karen you've change your blog and it looks wonderful! Oh buttery yarns, I first heard that term from you. wonderful. :)

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  25. Kroy is a great practical sock yarn -- it washes and wears so well. The color way you chose is so peaceful. I love buttery yarns too. I've been known to pop into yarn shops and just pet skeins for a while.

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  26. As I was reading this lovely post, I immediately noticed the wooden needles. Then you mentioned them. I switched back over to wood needles for my socks and a shawl I am working on for the same reason. Over the years I have gotten much tighter in my knitting. So the wooden needles are helping my wrist pain as well!
    I have read that book and it is wonderful.

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  27. So pretty! I knit my first socks on dpns, so many years ago. In more recent years I have learned to do them on two circular needles, with the help of my mom's pioneering example. But I am making some mittens on dpns. I like the feel of it:)

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