Monday, October 31, 2011


I've had a finished object on deck that's been a long time coming (not a penguin sweater--they quickly announced they've gotten all they needed). Ravelry tells me that I started this project on January 1, 2011.

I guess it could be worse. I've been working on Mystery Wedding Project since 2010, and Mystery Wedding is long since over.

The copilot and some of our friends and I have a tradition of going to see a ski movie that 'tours' around the country for one night only showings. We made our annual pilgrimage last week, and as the lights went down and the first shot of overlapping ski tracks on pristine powder appeared, I shook the copilot breathlessly whispering, "It's just like my socks!"

Ski tracks - the namesake of the Powder 8s

Sidenote: I totally got shushed at the same ski movie last year. A little background: it's the type of movie where there's an MC, giveaways, and group participation like cheering is encouraged. Shushing someone would be like asking someone at a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show to tone it down. So of course we were pointing out what gear we thought was cool, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at impressive jumps and tricks, etc. A grumpy looking couple was sitting in front of our group, and at one point the girl turned around and asked me, "Are you going to talk through the entire movie?" I may have imbibed a few adult beverages by this point, and I asked, "Are you having trouble following the plot? They're skiing." There was no shushing this year, but one of my friends did periodically ask each person in our group if they were going to talk through the entire movie.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the sock knit up after I put my mind to it to work on it. With that in mind, I started another one. I had purchased some Socks That Rock on a visit to Seattle entirely too long ago with every intention of making some man socks. Shades of gray, natch, since all men are colorblind (right?). I didn't even pick a pattern, just cast on a reasonable amount of stitches and started up--men are also patternblind.

Here's the thing, though. I don't think there's a huge market in the way of men knitters (sorry, dudes) and men tend to have big feet. And you know what they say about men with big feet....they need big socks.

Are you seeing what's wrong with this picture?

That's right.

My biggest nightmare. 80% of the time, if I wake up in a cold sweat, this is what I was dreaming about (the other 20% is when you realize that you have to take a final exam, but have forgotten to go to any of the classes--isn't that the worst?).

So what else could I do? I unraveled the top of cuff and attached it to the toe. It's now like a snake eating it's tail.

An ouroboros of sock (or suck).

I've done this once before and it worked fine, but knitting isn't always exactly the same unraveling from the top as it is from the bottom (actually, it usually isn't). If there's only one type of stitch, fine, but even the ribbing of the cuff is too complex to come apart easily. This....may take awhile.

Can we talk Indian Summer for a moment (Native American Summer if you want to be PC about it). Just two weeks ago, this was WI.

Note the shorts, and the lack of frost on the ground.

Now most of the leaves have changed, and the handknits are out. I might be rethinking all of my bitching about, I take that back. I'd just like a longer fall!


  1. That cuff to toe knitting is so clever. I have nightmares about running out of yarn on occasion, but no longer.

  2. I told my husband that it's a chore knitting socks for MY big feet. He ain't getting a pair until he learns how to knit. Sunday he learned to knit! ;)

  3. LOL at your poor sockie :) So you don't get the naked nightmares ? Interestink. Fairy interestink. < strokes chin like a therapist >

  4. Hubba and I often attend the same ski movie. I can't believe someone shushed you.

    I love the socks!

  5. I always knit cuff to toe, but then again haven't tried mens socks yet!

  6. I'm amazed that you have the patience to unravel the top of one sock to finish the bottom. I probably would have thrown the whole thing away, needles included. And I do love your socks with the cable running down and then 2 ways. Thanks for the laugh this morning! ~Angela

  7. One of several reasons to knit socks toe-up!

  8. I KNOW! I don't know why I keep starting them cuff down. Force of habit, I guess...

  9. I have nightmares about running out of yarn and that's why I have so many odd balls around. I *always* buy too much yarn.

    All of the socks are lovely.

    I love your snappy comeback to the gal that shushed you. LMAO.