Let’s Start With Socks


Clearly I have abandoned the blog for a while.  Like a lot of blog writers, I’ve run into the old “why am I doing this?” question.  So many people who are better writers than me, or who have much more interesting lives than me, have started and stopped blogs.  I’ve been keeping this thing up for 6 years!  Who does that?  Not many.

Anyway, I have not given it up entirely.  I’m in the middle of re-thinking it.  And while I’m re-thinking, I’ll just keep showing you some knitting.  Earlier I teased you with a piece of lace I’ve started.  There will be more on that soon.

Two days ago I finished these socks.  They couldn’t be more simple.  No pattern.  Just toe up socks, my usual 2.25mm needles, 64 stitches, k3,p1 rib with plain gussets.  I just wanted socks this color to wear so I knit them up.


I’ve kind of decided that writing this blog is something I need to do for myself, regardless of readers.  At the same time, I always write as if I DO have readers, and I talk directly to my readers quite often.

Have you read “A Tale for the Time Being”?  Beautiful book.  I loved it.  The writer of the diary talks to her reader, assuming at some point there will be someone reading her diary.  I could relate to that.  I feel the same way.  Even though this is a diary, and a very public one, I figure that there will be someone reading it, sometime.  Even if I only get spam comments that are caught and filtered out.  Even if my blog statistics stagnate down to nothing more than random people accidentally clicking on and then out of my site.  I write for myself, but with readers in mind.

6 thoughts on “Let’s Start With Socks

  1. Julia in KW November 12, 2013 / 01:15

    I am a reader – just not often a commenter…so sorry to lurk…I can appreciate the need to record your thoughts/feelings…I know I don’t have the fortitude to stick with it…but I am glad that you do share and I enjoy reading what you are up to… 🙂 I do feel that the blog should be mostly for you, though – with the understanding that you are sharing your world.

  2. Betty Salpekar November 12, 2013 / 13:41

    My feeling is that writing, whether a blog, diary, letter, or whatever, is of equal or greater value to the writer as to the reader. Helps to clarify things and sort them out — and remember them! Speaking from my own selfish standpoint, you are my only source of current photos of the Netherlands. I so enjoy seeing those. But, no pressure . . . ????

  3. Louise November 12, 2013 / 20:09

    I’m here and reading!

  4. Karen (Ghislaine on Ravelry) November 12, 2013 / 23:51

    I enjoy your blog. You are always so busy! Plus I like to see photos of Haarlem and the Netherlands where I have spent some happy times.

  5. Ghislaine November 12, 2013 / 23:54

    Could you please remove my last name from the previous post? Sorry to be a pest.

  6. Cybele November 22, 2013 / 12:01

    I always read your blog. I often get behind as I have far too many blogs in Feedly and can’t keep up, but yours is one I’d never mark ‘as read’ before reading the entries. Your blog is one I’ve stayed with for years – I think I first found you when I tried running and then I found we had other things in common – knitting and living in a different country. Don’t give up Alex – I’d really miss your writing!

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