Halloween 2020: Old Socks & New Ways of Trick or Treating

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I knit these socks years ago and just dug them out for the first time this year. It’s cold and rainy out, and they may be a little worn, but they’re soft, cozy, and warm!

It’s been a long time, and unfortunately I don’t have a record of this in my Ravelry projects, but I am pretty sure this is a basic toe-up recipe from Wendy Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up.

I love this book! I used to be a very hesitant sock knitter, especially for toe-up patterns, but this book really unlocked it for me. I actually prefer going from the toe up now instead of from the cuff down.

I wasn’t too good at finishing a cuff back then; you can see where I made a tiny mistake with that, but I was so proud of learning it and absolutely love wearing them. 😊

I’m also afraid I can’t remember which yarn I used! Apparently I didn’t track my stash in Rav at that time. It is a fingering weight self-striping yarn, and I believe it is from an indie dyer. If I figure it out, I’ll update the post. Whatever it is, it’s worn well despite heavy use and gentle machine washing. πŸ‘πŸ»

Meanwhile, it’s Halloween night, and I have no idea what to expect in terms of trick or treaters. We live in a quiet neighborhood, but we still get between 20-30 kids most years. One year we had between 40-50.

But this is an unusual time, with a pandemic changing our Halloween customs. Instead of answering the door with a bowl of candy, I’ve set up a Halloween station on my front walk. I got some black organza bags (a friend of mine gave me the idea), put candy in them, and set them out. This will hopefully keep everyone safe by avoiding a lot of people touching the same bowl.

I’ve heard that schools are also doing “trunk or treat” in school parking lots, and my neighbors had some families over for a socially distanced, outdoor playdate. Kids are so resilient, so I hope they’re all having a great time despite the odd circumstances.

Meanwhile, my husband and I are kicking back, ordering a pizza, and watching some spooky movies tonight!

How are you celebrating? Whatever you end up doing, hope you all have a great Halloween and a great weekend! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

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