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.Ornette socks.

This is what I'm knitting at the moment. I love Cookie A's sock designs, but this is actually the first time I'm knitting one of her patterns. I've just been admiring them from afar but at the same time thought them to be too much work. And they are, but I guess the effort is worth it as the socks are turning out to be amazing. It's a lot of work though, to knit these socks, definitely not something to knit while watching TV... I started to knit them on the train from Shanghai to Beijing and am now past the heel on the first sock.

The stitches are small, and I'm constantly scared I'm dropping them while twisting them and moving them back and forth on my needles. I'm knitting with bamboo needles which are quite bendy and I'm afraid they will snap in pieces if I force them too hard. Also the charted pattern is quite difficult to read in my opinion, and I'm used to reading charts! Some of the stitches on the chart are leaning and some are going straight and it takes a lot of concentrating to know which row you are on. I do understand the visual effect of the leaning stitches on the chart as that's the direction they go "in real life" as well, but in my opinion they make reading the chart harder instead of easier. You'll get my point as you can see a part of the chart in the photo above.

Today I casted on the stitches for my lace shawl. Remember my five-point summer to-do-list? It's already July and I thought it's high time to start if I want to check anything off that list! I'm half-way done with the running project, about 50 km already behind me, but that doesn't earn me a point yet ;)


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