Favorite Thing Friday: Hermione’s Everyday Socks

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A late summer decision to re-read the entire Harry Potter series clearly inspired my latest knitting project – Hermione’s Everyday Socks. This is not my first time with this pattern. Last Christmas I made a pair of “Gryffindor Socks” for a gift. Two years before that, I made a pair for myself, but they felted so much the stitch pattern disappeared.

Between gifting and felting, I needed to make myself a new pair of Hermione’s Days Socks! I settled on my go-to sock yarn, Paton’s Kroy Ragg Stripes in Brown Rose Marl. The color choice came from watching Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban not too long ago. Hermione wears a rose pink hoodie in the movie and my yarn stash had the perfect shade to go with that hoodie!

Do you think Hermione would approve?

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Hermione’s Everyday Socks

I knit these up on my KB sock loom, using 52 pegs. The pattern is written for double-pointed needles but it transfers just fine to a sock loom as long as the number of pegs allows for the pattern repeat.

My next project kicks off the Christmas knitting season. Several family members have put in their “orders,” which makes it all the more fun!

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Another Top 10!

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The results for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) continue to roll in little by little. Last week, I came home from a long day at work and decided to check out the results page to see if any new finalist lists had been posted. I didn’t think I’d find my name anywhere – I’d already made the Top 10 for Day 6 and I’m still quite ecstatic about that!

To my great surprise, I found my name in the Top 10 for another day in the challenge!!! There it was under Day 11, third from the bottom!

 

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When I saw what prompt and judge was associated with Day 11, I got even more excited. This is the one I wanted the most! The judge, Michael Dylan Welch, is a poet I greatly admire. His haikus are beautiful and so is his philosophy regarding the practice. In addition, he runs National Haiku Writing Month, of which I participate in every month.

When I saw he was judging Day 11, I worked incredibly hard on my entries. I think I wrote twenty haikus, before settling on just three to enter. To see one of them selected by a poet who has inspired me so much is nothing short of amazing.

I feel incredibly honored to be included among some insanely talented poets – Walt Wojtanik, De Jackson, and Daniel Ari are prolific contributors on Poetic Asides and I love their work. They also happen to be some of the most encouraging and kind people I’ve ever encountered. Congrats to all!

Last but not least, here’s the haiku that made the cut:

monsoon wind
answers the 
cicada’s call

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