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I’m currently working on the Warm and Cozy Socks for my brother’s Yule gift. (Ravelry notes here.) Both nervous and excited to try out turning a heel for the first time. Any pointers for me?

Lack of time and a lack of concentration has kept me from reading anything too lengthy. Instead, I’ve found myself flipping through my Bible lately, reading small snippets. Although I went through 9 years of CCD, I’ll admit I don’t know much of the Bible. Got any favorite chapters/passages to point me towards? My Grandmother gifted me one about five years ago. I’ve gotten the notion in my head to sew a pretty cover for it. It has some kraft paper covering it in the photo above because I’m trying to figure out how to structure it, since it’s a heavy book with a thin paperback cover. I’m not sure if I want to do one fabric with some embellishments (current contenders seen to the left in the photo–linen, chambray or wool-ish felt) or do something patchwork-y (a la Rachel’s journal covers.) I’ll go into more detail when I finish this project.

What have YOU been knitting or reading?

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    heathermama November 14, 2012

    yeah on the sock. i have no pointers, i am have not braved a heel turn yet! lol and i have no reading suggestions, i am not able to get into anything lately! lol

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    tess November 14, 2012

    You are going to do just fine turning that heel! Have you worked with short rows at all in your other projects? It’s just a bunch of those. Just follow your pattern closely and maybe youtube it before you start so you know what to expect. But it sounds a lot more intimidating than it really is, I promise. Your sock looks wonderful!

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    Genevieve November 14, 2012

    Your sock looks great! I’ve been wanting to knit some socks lately. Maybe after Christmas I will try it.

    I’ve been reading the book of Hebrews lately. I’m reading it really SLOWLY because it’s a bit harder to understand. But it’s so chock full of truth and it’s quite poetic. My sisters and mom and I are reading a book that is a study on Hebrews called The Holiest of All by Andrew Murray. So far we have only read the first few chapters but it explains how in the old testament times God spoke through prophets and angels but now God speaks to us personally through His son and the Holy Spirit. It’s really good.

    I also love I John 4:9 and 10

    My favorite chapter though is Psalm 37. It has such clear instructions to help me along the way but my fav verses in the chapter are 39 and 40 because it says that our salvation is from the Lord and that our strength is from Him. I’d never be able to be as good as He wants without Jesus.

    What is CCD?

    I love this book cover:
    It might work better with the snap since it’s a paper back.
    Or, wouldn’t it be cute with leather straps?

    Can’t wait to see more of your socks! :) Good luck!


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    Kathy November 14, 2012

    Great socks! I’ve been cranking out mittens for Christmas presents myself. (2 at a time on 2 circular needles… I love finishing up both at the same time.) Socks intimidate me, but maybe this time next year that’s what I’ll be working on. :)

    Re: Bible, I love James for the synthesis of theology and then how to live it, as well as Ephesians and both Corinthians. Right now I’m reading Ecclesiastes and am amazed by how “modern” some of the writer’s experiences are… talk about ennui. Nothing new under the sun.

    Can’t wait to see what your cover looks like!

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    elise November 15, 2012

    These socks look so cozy,a wonderful gift to give !
    I’ve never tried the magic loop style , it looks a bit intimidating. I’ve been waiting to start some stockings and thank you for posting about this pattern.
    Nice work , you fearless knitter : )

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    Annie November 15, 2012

    I’ve only done socks downward (not toe-up) so the heel would be different, but I have to say the ONLY way I got through those first few heel turns were by focusing on EACH LINE or row at a time and not worrying about what came next. Once I realized I had to get through “A” row before the next one, it made it so simple and less stressful. And when I made a mistake (like starting my middle short rows off-center) I ripped it out and started again. Luckily it is pretty easy to realize a mistake without being hours-deep into it. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! He’s going to LOVE them :)))

    As for the Bible, I don’t sit down and read it as much as I wish I did, but I know that Proverbs & Psalms are very pretty and poetic. I feel like Sirach was one of my favorites too….

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    nicola lynde November 16, 2012

    I’ve been back at the needles too! Knitting up loads of ear warmers for our Etsy shop. The perfect way to relax after long days of working and studying. I always find Winter so hard to get used to, but do love the cozy aspect of it and the fact that I get tons of knitting done!

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    Denise November 16, 2012

    Turning a heel: Not so hard actually. I find that for men’s socks, I prefer making the heel flap style only because the men in my life are a wee bit hard on their socks and the turned heel just seems like it might wear out sooner. I’m making a pair for my father-in-law at the moment.

    Bible: Sometimes it’s important to read it in snippets, so keep at it. Sometimes I feel compelled to read a whole book at a time – most recently Isiah. Lots of times I read the snippets and really feel as though I was supposed to read that message at that time.

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    allison November 18, 2012

    Did you turn that heel yet? I hope so. It’s a magic feeling. I have no advice other than to just follow the pattern a line at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. I love the sock pattern you chose. It’s got me thinking that maybe I could squeeze in a pair for my husband for Christmas. They really do look so warm and cozy!

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