Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

Go Toward the Light, Literally: The Knitter’s Life

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Dear Kay, This time of year, the light through the kitchen window hits a peak of glory around 6 pm. I keep an eye on the kitchen sun schedule the way a fisherman knows the tides. This late afternoon light? It looks like Jesus will come striding out of the cedars any minute. Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, wishes his light looked like this light. I had a slim window in which to get a picture of my latest sock-finishing effort. There was...

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Curiosities for the Curious Sock Knitter

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Dear Kay, When you’re on a sock binge, you end up wandering the Internet in search of EVERYTHING SOCKULAR. The image that haunts me today? The oldest knitted item in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London happens to be: a pair of socks. Apparently humans two millennia ago had two toes! I did not know this. A sock binge also leads me to sock books. I keep thumbing through three that I have on hand. Sometimes a bracing bit of history...

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One-Sock Knitalong: Wise Words

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Dear Kay, As for the One-Sock Knitalong, all I can say is WHOA. The quantity and quality of unfinished socks bubbling up from the La Brea Tar Pit of Languishing Handknits is frankly astonishing. OK, maybe I suspected that we’d have some well-aged Prime socks in the mix. But these are Carter-era socks, socks used to hide whisky barrels during Prohibition, socks that came over on the Mayflower. You can see the tender reunions,...

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Snippets: 42,799 Sock Patterns to Consider

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Dear Kay, In anticipation of the One-Sock Knitalong that begins on Monday, May 16, I’m thinking about sock patterns. As I write, there are 42,799 patterns in the Ravelry pattern database for the category Accessories/All Feet/Legs. In a historic first in the knitting universe, I will here rank all 42,799 patterns in order, from my least favorite to most. #42,799 through #42,510: Barefoot Sandals. C’mon, this is the worst of both...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shawl

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Dear Ann, I guess we are both in need of a palate cleanser. As much as I love knitting on my Big Flower Jacket, I’ve learned that working on it in less-than-optimal conditions of either lighting or consciousness means failure and frustration. I’ve got my Tokyo Shawl, of course, currently hovering between one-third and halfway along, but what with all that counting to 20 and 48, it doesn’t meet my exactingly literal standards...

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Where Does the Day Go?

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Dear Kay, I wish you could be right here watching this cake of Jill Draper’s Rifton unwind into this scarf. It’s pretty great. It may be the finest palate cleanser imaginable when you’ve been aiming hard at a complicated project for a while. Have you ever been to the beach, watching the sun set, letting the day furl itself even as you think it’s never going to end? The color changes in this Rifton are slow. Even...

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