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Sock Obsession

2017 April 7
by elizabeth_admin

I thought I would post sooner than this, but oh well.  I am learning to let go of expectations.  They are so disappointing when not met.  In my last post, I talked about reducing my distractions and creating more.  Let me tell you how it’s going.

It has not been easy.

There.  I said it.  I haven’t completely reduced my distractions, but they have been drastically reduced.  It’s been an evolving process.  I have, however, been fantastically productive on the creating front though.  So, my experiment is still a success.  But first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, Facebook.  As I mentioned before, you can spend an hour on Facebook, but what do you get at the end of that hour?  Nothing.  Sure, I like to see what everyone is up to, but there is no finished project at the end of it.  Just time spent and wasted.  I had greatly reduced my Facebook addiction, but it wasn’t until this week that I deleted it from my phone.  I won’t lie.  I sometimes still go on it on my computer, but I have greatly reduced my time spent on Facebook.  I deleted most of the games from phone as well.  Except for Scrabble.  I will never give up Scrabble.  And Instagram is still my jam.  I love following all the artists I’ve found.  It’s an endless source of inspiration and a wealth of information.  I learn so much from studying their paintings, mosaics, or drawings.  It’s like having a personalized museum wherever you are, at hand.  I love it.

So I would say that I have been mostly successful with blocking out my social media distractions.  It’s a process to undo years of habits.  Some days are better than most.  I have to realign my brain to other input I think.  To learn how to sit with myself and my thoughts without leaning on social media to think for me.

If you will recall, I began the year with a sock obsession.  Well, I think my sock knitting has reached it’s end for a while.  I just finally finished Will’s socks, which took forever for two reasons.  One, he has long feet.  And two, I just didn’t have the time to devote to them.  And one more reason… I got bored of knitting socks.  So I finished them off yesterday so I could be done with them and not look at them on my sewing table ever again.  Here are photos of all the socks I finished this year.  My projects page on Ravelry is here.  You can see my notes on each sock and pattern.

Socks for me using the Beginner Lightweight pattern


Socks for me using the Bandwagon Socks pattern from Ravelry


Will’s Socks using the Toe Up with A Difference Pattern


Sock for Alex. She is knitting its partner to learn sock knitting.


I might get into knitting socks again sometime this year, but not until the fall I think.  I did buy a ton more sock yarn though.  It was so cheap from  Hard to resist.  Aren’t they pretty???

Knit Picks sock yarn


This past semester, I continued my art certificate degree with a drawing class.  It kind of kicked my butt.  I definitely need more classes on drawing.  I find it harder than painting.  But like anything else, it just takes practice.  Daily practice.  I was pretty good at the daily practice thing while taking the class, but now that it’s over, I’ve been slacking off.  I’m a little disappointed in myself for that, but oh well.  Here are some drawings I did with which I am pretty pleased.


In the next few months there might even be some sewing!  I know, I know.  You are all probably shocked and in need of a seat now.  We are planning a trip to Italy and France in June, and I desperately need a new wardrobe.  I haven’t sewn for myself since last November (one dress) and before that since last February (two dresses).  My day to day wardrobe is rather sad.  I have some wonderful fabrics in my stash, so I should be able to sew a few more dresses and maybe some linen pants or two.  I might just buy tops to round it all out.  I don’t know.  We’ll see how I do.

Also, I may be crazy, but I signed up for two classes this semester.  One is a core curriculum class on the creative process, but the other was quite serendipitous.  It’s a kind of travel sketching class.  Since I plan to travel sketch on our European trip, I just had to take this class to learn any tips I can to be more confident, quick, and effective with my sketching.  I’m pretty excited about it.

There’s so much to look forward to in the coming year.  If I can keep my distractions to a minimum, I just might keep my first New Year’s resolution ever!  Haha.

Next time, I hope to show you all some sewing!

Until then, arrivederci!!!


3 Responses leave one →
  1. April 8, 2017

    Oh, that Facebook addiction. I may need to follow your lead and delete it from my phone. I find I’m succumbing to the constant draw of picking up the phone, for no reason at all: no ping or gong of incoming message or call, just to idly scroll through the postings on my Facebook news feed. But I do need to monitor it for real business postings….And too much time playing solitaire as well, on both the computer and the phone. But Scrabble would be so much more mindful, I’d think? I applaud you for the creative efforts you’re making. Your socks are beautiful, your drawings are lovely. I have been trying to nurture my creativity musically, rediscovering the piano and guitar, in little ways. Sewing for me always takes a backseat to my clients’ work, but there are still many lovely fabrics planned as fabulous new garments. Keep pushing on! Be proud of you for what you are getting done!

  2. Zeddie permalink
    April 9, 2017

    I sew and knit too and love seeing what other people are making. I’m intrigued by the pink, purple, blue, and grey striped sock (the fourth one) in your post. What is the name of the yarn?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 9, 2017

      It’s Purple Haze from the Patons Kroy socks 4 ply line. Thanks!

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