I had an epiphany this weekend and, even though it is ridiculously simple, I am so proud of it that I simply must share. Last Friday I decided to keep my Big Black Socks with me as much as possible in order to make consistent progress. To judge just how much knitting could be accomplished in a day, I slipped a row counter into one sock right at the top. I knit along quite happily all day.
Saturday morning I realized that moving the marker every day would be a nice way to encourage me by highlighting my daily accomplishment. Without a nice little Affirmation Marker like this, it is easy to feel as if you are making no progress at all in something like a solid black sock.
I realize from your notes over the weekend that I made an assumption of general knowledge regarding the Socks for Soldiers program. A few months ago, Bob's youngest son, Jonathon, joined the Marines. While he was in boot camp, in order to focus my anxiety, I investigated a Yahoo Group that I had known about for awhile. Kim Opperman's son, Tom, is serving in the Air Force. After he received a pair of hand-knit socks from his mother, he wrote to her saying that he wished his fellow soldiers could have a pair of comfy socks.
This year marks the 2nd anniversary of Socks for Soldiers, Inc.
What I appreciate about Kim is that she manages to keep her organization above the scuffle of politics by pointing out that all of our service men and women deserve our support.
Kim's, or Sarge's, gentle but constant commands to keep on knitting are conveniently available at a site called Cafe Press. I just bought a hooded sweatshirt with the Give Me 20 - Minutes logo. I put it on over my pjs every morning when I take Xena outside. I'm finding it to be a nice way to re-committ to knitting on my socks each day. It doesn't hurt that it is also a very nice sweatshirt. I also purchased a bag and a box of cards to use whenever I send a note to someone.