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Cocooning myself in silence

Today, it’s one of those days.

One of those days during which I don’t like to talk. I do not want to be spoken to either. I just want to sit here in silence.

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I really don’t know why the desire to be still is so strong today – the weekend has been filled with joyful activities so far. Yesterday, I went to a spinning group meeting I have wanted to attend since last year, but never made it – I actually got some spinning done and could try out an Ashford Kiwi (it’s a beautiful wheel, I might change my plans of purchasing a Ladybug). Philipp picked me up, we drove home, ate something, and then drove to Duesseldorf to visit the friends we wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve with.

The evening was great – we laughed a lot, talked a lot, ate a lot, and I tried out a new recipe that was a hit. I am definitely making this cake again (and I will share the recipe, too, it’s really easy to make and tastes great).

We went home at 20 minutes to midnight, and the snow caught up with us when we were halfway home. Luckily, the roads were not slippery yet, but Philipp drove cautiously, and so it was 1am before we could crawl into bed (this was the first day since the 29th of December that I didn’t write on my story. But I was simply too tired).

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Today, I cannot be silent, though. I WILL have to talk to others later, and this is already exhausting me. I don’t know why. I like people and talking to folks (usually, the problem for me is to shut the f*** up), but not today. I want to sit here and crochet, to write on my story, to read and to be silent.

I finished the first pair of socks in 2016! Traditionally, the first pair of socks is for me, and I picked the ball of Regia Monaco Colour I got during the Julklap at my knitting group and cast on for a pair of Geek socks (designed by Wei S. Leong, better known as kiwiyarns):

Regia Monaco Color
I was a bit unsure of which size to choose, because my stitch gauge was a bit bigger, but then I read an advice on ravelry to cast on for the next bigger size if you never had knit stranded (or stranded-like) socks before. So I went with 68 stitches.

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What can I say – it went beautifully. My fear that the cuff would sag, because I usually knit with 64 maximum was naught – in fact, the slipped stitches do draw in the fabric quite a bit, and while I tried the sock on several times (as you can see in the photo above, I was already past the afterthought heel part), the sock was snug, but fit.

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Here you can see the floats … I spread out the stitches evenly during the first two rows of the pattern, but I had no problems whatsoever. The pattern isn’t really suitable for watching interesting Let’s Plays while knitting, but then again, if you have done lots of colourwork, this wouldn’t be a problem for sure (also, you don’t need to look at the screen all the time anyway).
While I have been a bit sceptical of the afterthought heel concept in the past, I now have to say: It’s brilliant. Simply brilliant. After having tried out one myself, I can definitely see why it’s so appealing to many knitters.
Knitting an afterthought heel simply means that you knit until you think the leg section is long enough, then knit half of the stitches and knit the other half of the stitches with a contrast yarn, then with the original yarn. You continue to knit until your sock measures about 10 cm (or 2″) less than your foot length (for me that meant knitting until I reached 13,5 cm – the heel is 5cm wide), measured from the contrast yarn) and knit your toe decreases.

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In the end, I’d better stuck with Wei’s instructions about decreasing every second row, but I knit according to the Regia chart as usual, and this time, the toe was a little long. Ah well. It doesn’t bug me much.
Picking out the contrast yarn and knitting the afterthought heel was way easier than I thought – I had problems with holes at the sides when I tried this technique before, but I was fine this time. Instead of decreasing to 20 stitches, I decreased until 24 before I closed the stitches with kitchener stitch.

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Well? This pattern is REALLY well written. Wei gives you extended information not only how to knit an afterthought heel, but also provides trouble-shooting information about what you can do if the heel doesn’t fit you the way you want. I will definitely knit it again and will use afterthought heels on Philipp’s next pair of socks as well (they will be started in February for his birthday).
Have a wonderful weekend my friends and take care!

Lots of love,

Julia 😀

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5 thoughts on “Cocooning myself in silence

  1. Your socks are lovely. I think Wei writes really good patterns but of course it requires a good knitter too! I think it’s good to recognise when a moment/ some time of peace and withdrawing are needed. Wishing you all the best!

    • Very late answer (sorry!), but: thank you so much for the compliment!
      I was really wiped out that Sunday, and my conscience was really nagging on me when I told Philipp that I didn’t want to go… Not fulfilling expectations is a bit problem for me, but I will have to work on that (and will). Spending the Saturday wrapped in silence did me the world of good, and although you sometimes can’t get enough of company, I have come to need time alone as well to be completely happy. 🙂

  2. I have a bit of double vision going on – as I read your post, I was knitting a pair of Geeks. 😀 You’ve done a marvellous job. Thank you for knitting my pattern! You can always rip out the toe a little and reknit it smaller if it bugs you too much. And as for wanting to be on your own in your own space for a bit, I think we all have those days. I am especially like that if I have had a lot of socialising. I need to go and be in my shell for a little bit before I come out again.

    • Thank you so, so much! I really loved the pattern, and the instructions about the heel were excellent. I have already adjusted myself to the toe. 😉 Usually I am too lazy to rip something out and re-knit it multiple times, but tinking back two rounds to get a better-shaped heel was no biggy. I don’t know yet whether the toe will bug me enough to do that, too. 😉

      It’s so good to know that others need time for themselves, too! While I was studying for my B.A. and M.A., I sometimes worried about not being a “real” student, because I never went to the big parties and the weekends were quiet as well (usually, I had to work anyway). That uneasiness stayed with me until I spoke with a friend on the phone one day (she likes to party occasionally). I could almost see her shaking her head at me when she asked: “Do you WANT to go out and party?”
      “No.”
      “Well, then – don’t! I doubt very much that this will be something you’ll regret later on. If you don’t want to go to these university parties (which are about drinking anyway, and since I don’t drink …), then don’t, but don’t feel sorry about it.”

      Best advice ever. 🙂

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