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Friends, this is a hard-won bit of creativity, but here it is:

I have finally gotten the stitches cast on for those socks. It took me three swatches and two times casting on before I finally got it right. But now, the needles are ready to fly.

I love knitting patterns written by people who really know what they’re doing. This is my first time knitting socks and so I picked a pattern by Ann Budd, who is completely to be trusted. For example, she recommends using an Old Norwegian cast on method. I had never heard of it before, but managed to pull it off, I think. Digging a little deeper I find that this cast on method is supposed to give a springier, stretchier edge. Fabulous!

The rest of my creative energy this week has gone towards “casting on” another project. For years I’ve circled this healing regimen known as the GAPS diet. A number of circumstances have coincided to make me think that now is my time to begin. So I am. On Saturday.

Like knitting socks for the first time, this is a huge undertaking and so I’ve been preparing myself all week–gathering resources, finding assistance, mourning losses that are coming. These have been my “swatches”, the things that must be done before I can actually begin the real thing.

And for both projects, I hope that the time spent knitting swatches and casting on correctly is setting me up for fewer bumps as I begin the real work. And I have fingers crossed for a lovely pair of socks that fit my daughter, and a significant healing in my body–both beautiful in their own ways.

Knitting pattern: Elegant Ribbed Stockings by Ann Budd
Yarn: Brown Sheep Co., Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn 

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