Socks progressing slowly 1/2/2023

Started these socks back in May 2022. Had a lot of stuff going on - knitted some hats, other socks, some gloves, and worked on my cabin, truck, wife's car, etc. Recently decided I need to finish them. Knitting on 000 needles, which are slightly thicker than a paperclip, means progress is slow. But it also means you get very solid-looking results - luxurious, even. And well-defined stitches. I "turned the heel" a few weeks ago, and that's when you can start trying them on if you knit from the toe up like I do. So, it's all "downhill from here" as they say. But I'm loving the definition (the texture) I'm getting in the pattern on the leg. And knitting from the toe up means there are no seams in my socks, which makes them even more comfortable. You would have a hard time finding machine-made socks without seams somewhere.

These are 100% my own design. I think I paid about $26 for the yarn. But I've seen handmade socks on Etsy go for $100. I think mine are pretty good quality and would probably sell for that much. These aren't "Walmart 'made-in-China' and will only last 6 months" socks - these are socks meant to last at least 10 years with good care. I say 10 years because that's about how old my oldest pair of socks is, but I've seen well-made socks that have a lifetime guarantee on them.

  • Brand: YarnBee
  • material: 420 yards, Superwash Merino Wool
  • Color: "Iron Soot"

In other news:

We had some extremely cold weather a few days before Christmas 2022 - windchills had temps in the negative teens for a day or two. The standing temperatures were in the single digits for days. A lady at the checkout at the local Ace Hardware told me they sold out of a lot of plumbing supplies with all the broken water pipes. We didn't have any issues at the cabin, or at our house in town. Blessed, I think, because we really should have had problems at the home in the city - as old as it is. But at the cabin, I dug down 12" where the main line comes up, then put a piece of drain pipe around the exposed portion of our water line, and filled the gap with spray foam. No frozen pipes, even after days of subzero weather and windchill.

This week, it's been in the upper 60's, maybe even 70 on some days. I know it won't last. Hoping to get the permanent power turned on soon, so working on getting all the electrical outlets wired in so they can be inspected.