Tapas is one of the niyamas of yoga–the things you’re supposed to do (in contrast with the yamas, which are things you aren’t supposed to do). Tapas is the act of self-discipline. I have been struggling to cultivate this in myself in a lot of ways: go to bed at a decent hour, eat three squares a day, etc. But so long as I attempt tapas, I’m halfway to a more balanced life, right?
This sock is my exercise in tapas for the next few weeks. I’m determined to work on it only while commuting (or while knitting at lunch). I think of it as my go-to, kill-time knit that I make last. The only other pair of “commuting socks” I started got finished within four days, because I knit them at home. What can I say, I’m a one-project girl, and it’s hard to set something aside when I could be knitting it.
I started this pair of stockinette socks over the weekend, getting the toe done and my stitch count set (I debated how many stitches, eventually going with my first instinct of 60 stitches, but I thought it would be too tight at first). I haven’t worked a stitch at home since! I checked the length when I got to the office or home, so I knew when to start the heel, and I managed to work the whole short-row heel this morning on the way in. Now I’m on the leg, and I plan to knit until I’m out of yarn. It’s really fun doing an all-stockinette sock; I’ve never done that before.
I’ve got some other green knitting underway (what I knit at home!), but I’ll wait to reveal that when it’s complete.