Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This 'N That

Ok....Sock Madness is technically over for me. Round 3 began a week ago last Monday and I finished on Thursday at 9:38p.m. Posted my picture and sent my email to the organizers. They were only taking 12 finishers from each team. I was number 13! That's ok, though. I'm really happy with my showing on this year's competition. Here are my finished socks. Loved working with the wool/bamboo combination.

After I finished with that round, I was determined to finish John's socks. I made him a pair of socks right after I learned to knit socks - 3 years ago. I'd only knit one pair of socks before that and I still can't wear them - they look like elf socks. Well, he said they were very nice and then never wore them. Now that I'm almost an expert on socks, I know that those socks were awful! Poor dear could never have worn them, even if he tried, they'd have hurt his feet! So I asked him if I took the time to rip them out completely, and reknit them to his foot measurements (I know how to do that now!), would he wear them. Or, in all honesty, was he married to his dark socks for work and white tube socks for play and would never really wear handknit socks. He said he thought he'd like to at least try. So I ripped them back all the way to a yarn ball, and began knitting them again....tried them on once I got past the gusset on the foot....nope, too small - RIP! How about toe-up? I can do that and make that sock fit his foot like a glove. Yep, let's knit these toe-up....seemed to take forever. Figured out that I was slowing down cause I really, really hate to knit tow-up socks. Ok - I want him to have these socks during his lifetime so...RIP! Cast on for the 4th time and determined to knit them right this time. I knit the cuff - he tried them on. I knit the leg...he tried them on. I knit the heel and gusset - he tried them on. I then knit the foot to the toe decrease and made him try them on again. Then if finished off the tow. He put them on and his face got that happy look when you are afraid of something and it doesn't come to pass. Folks, I give you The Sock! There is another one to match it on his other foot. He wore them to work on Monday and came home to tell me that they fit fine! I can now knit a pair of socks to fit his feet, assuming he never has a change in his feet for the rest of his life! Believe me, I'm keeping my notes and writing them in ink!

We are experienceing wet weather all this week and into the weekend. While we need the moisture, it makes it difficult for John and our neighbor to work on the fencing. If they can get some dry weather, they can put up some more barbed wire for the upper pasture. Once that is done, they can move the cows to that pasture to allow the lower one to 'recover' and the grass to grow some more.

Well, I need to get off to the circulation desk.

Thanks for stopping by. I sure do love having you come by and maybe, just maybe, you could comment? That way I know if folks are liking this or not.

Have a great rest of the week!


Julie said...

You were *that* close! Darn, but hey, now you can relax and enjoy the patterns as they come out. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next.

Quiltersal said...

Me, too, Julie. I'm still quite proud of how close I got...knitting a complicated pair of socks in 25.5 hours is not too shabby!

Jill Knotwell said...

Unfortunately I have become a blog stocker and I promise to do better. I love the socks and I love mine too!

John Knotwell said...

I love this stuff. Sory I don't comment more, just life in the way. Love you momma!

Lynne said...


The best I can do is needlepoint so huzzah to anyone who can knit a sock!!! I love reading all about your "sock goings on"!!! Still have snow here in Jackson but we are warming little by little each day. I can't wait to see my flowers!

Dawn said...

Love the bamboo wool color of your gorgeous socks! Funny. There is a huge debate about toe-up or top-down type of knitting socks....well, since I have yet to cross that hurdle, I will just have to admire your beautiful work!

Lisa Boyer said...

Congrats on hubby's sock! They're hard to please, huh? It's WalMart's fault, methinks.

I have to apologize for not commenting much--seems I get these "quiet" streaks where it's hard to think of something to say. I sure enjoy reading, though. I'm sorry to say that I'm more of a lurker than a talker!

Have you thought of getting Sitemeter? It's free, simple to use, and it's great. You can see how many visitors you get (whether they comment or not), whose site referred them, where they live, and even what they're interested in on your blog. It's a way to keep track of your lurkers--like me!