Yarn Along – socks and radical homemaking

Time for another Yarn Along
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes and wollmeise socks

I am knitting socks for the first time in about 4 years.

I don’t know why I took that long a break, but it felt right at the time. And now it feels right to be knitting socks again. So it goes.

These are wollmeise, which I have never knitted with before.  The pattern is just some little cables plugged into my usual basic sock, but the three row repeat is comforting in it’s own way.

However I am going to have to pause the sock to knit two pairs of mittens since it has got cold here. That’s ok. They shouldn’t take too long.

I am re-reading and finally finishing Radical Homemakers, which I started when I was pregnant with LR and didn’t manage to finish before she was born. It speaks very much to where I feel we are right now and is a welcome source of solidarity in the moments when I feel a bit all at sea, paddling against the mainstream.

I also just finished reading The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, which I thought was wonderful. The short version of what it’s about is a bed ridden detective, along with an American researcher at the British Museum work out whether Richard III actually killed the two young princes in the Tower of London. And while that maybe doesn’t sound like much of a page turner, it’s actually an absorbing, fascinating story that I happily gobbled up in a couple of days. And would heartily recommend to anyone. But especially teenagers whether they’re studying history or not. They’ll love it!

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14 thoughts on “Yarn Along – socks and radical homemaking

  1. Your socks are going to look just lovely with that yarn, it's very pretty.
    I love knitting socks, there are so portable. Now if I can just get
    comfortable working the gusset!

  2. Sock yarn is a lovely mix of colours, are you knitting the both feet at the same time?
    I haven't read Radical Homemakers yet but I think I might put it on my 'list'.

    1. i was, and before i had children it was *the* way I knit socks, but I have less time to knit now, so (not long after that photo was taken) I split the socks and now i'm just knitting them one at a time. (though when i get to the first heel i might go back to the other sock and catch up!)

  3. That sock looks lovely. The Radical Homemakers sounds interesting will add that to my list! I read The Daughter to Time as a teenager and loved it, I am retreading another book I read as at that time at the mo!

  4. LOVE, love, love the sock yarn!! I've never read the "Radical Homemakers" but have been intrigued by it. I need to see if our library carries it…

  5. Thanks for the reminder about Radical Homemaking – I also read it through very quickly awhile back and would like to go back through and read again.

  6. I love Radical Homemakers! It's such a good, relevant book. The Daughter of Time sounds right up my ally…I will have to check it out. And the colors in your yarn seem perfect for the season!

  7. The socks you are knitting look amazing!! Also, thanks for the book suggestion– I am an avid reader of history, so I'm always looking for something new.

  8. Isn't Radical Homemakers a great book? So inspiring and in line with my goals/vision.

    So glad to have found this site – will definitely check it out when I need more yarn 🙂 (I'm based in the UK too – we are in West Sussex).

    Happy knitting!

  9. How are you liking the wollmeise? The sock looks like it's coming along nicely.

    1. It's the first time i've knit with it, and it's very nice. (i'm not sure i'd be willing to tussle for it, like it sounds like can happen at yarn events.) plus it's 150g so i should get a good long pair of socks from the skein should i feel like it. 🙂

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