"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again." Dorothy Day
And about five minutes after I'd finished that first row, my Mum phoned. I told her what I was doing, and she started to talk, and I discovered that socks used to be quite the thing amongst the womenfolk in our family. I had had no idea. Most of them, she said, could knit a sock in a day: mainly plain blue or grey, on double pointed needles, moving like quicksilver. But one thing she told me has stayed in my mind as my sock moves along. When a Great Aunt had nothing else left to do, my Mum said, she would rip out the sock she had just finished and knit it all over again. That's a sobering thought.
So I shall head towards the turning of my first heel with determination. And gratitude that I have more wool, many more projects in mind..and stripes. Stripes are very, very good.
My wool is Sirdar Heart & Sole 4ply in Pigeon Toes. When I was ordering it I also picked up Sirdar pattern 7317: knit and crochet scarves and gloves especially for the stripey wool. I thought it might be interesting to road test. I'll be sure to let you know when I get there. Has anyone tried it?
Now, back to the heel. I can't avoid it forever...