I knit my very first sock, well, my very first adult-sized sock anyways. I was so excited to get this Turkish Bedsock off the needles and try it on that it honestly did not occur to me until later that I would need to cast on and start all over again in order to have a pair. Oh drat! Historically when I have knit pairs of things like baby booties and legwarmies, I have found that the first one takes me a very long time but I can fly through the second one with relative ease. The second tends to look a bit tidier too.
I have been enjoying the new season of Downton Abbey quite a bit. The stories seem slightly more slow and subtle compared with Season 2. Don't get my wrong, I adore season 2 just as much as the rest of it, but there were some storylines in the second season that were pretty melodramatic even for melodrama. I've been going back and watching the first season from the beginning and it is really interesting to see how the characters have changed and developed. Is it just me or has the cast as a whole kind of softened a bit? In the first season Mrs. Patmore is downright cruel to Daisy. Thomas and O'Brien, though still foul, seem particularily odious. See what happens to my vocabulary when I watch episode after episode while knitting socks? I become a part of the early 1900s British aristocracy. Not complaing. I love the show so much - the high production value, the costumes, the sets, the color palette, the characters are irresistable and the plot (though sometimes pretty grandiose) never disappoints. We bought the first 2 seasons on iTunes which is great for going back to rewatch past episodes, they are all just right there and it is dangerously easy to push play, paly, play, one after the other. I haven't really watched tv shows on my computer before but I made the wonderful discovery of being able to bring my laptop to bed with me and watch Downton as I knit until my eyes close. If you wonder how I have time to knit, it is because I literally do it until my eyes close. And while watching tv of course, that is must.
I'm linking up for Ginny's Yarn Along today. I've been rereading Little, Big when I am not knitting and devouring Downton. I read this several years ago now and remember not being able to put it down. This time around I am looking at it through an entirely different lens and it feels as though I am having a brand new experience with the story. Love that.