Monday, August 07, 2006

A big worm; new sock; birthday yarn; a big thank you

A Big Worm

This big worm was found trying to cross a little path in Thailand. It was so big that I had to stop and take a picture of it. I asked my little 11-year-old cousin where the worm was going and where it had been. He said it came from the old felled tree and was working its way into the house of people who wanted to eat it.

New Sock

I finished a little worm last night. It's made with some KnitPicks Parade yarn in the Gumball colorway. This worm was a nasty nasty pest at 1:00 a.m. Why? Well, this worm apparently didn't have enough to eat and wanted more yarn just as its knitter was approaching the toe. Very very annoying worm indeed.

Apparently, I'm not the only knitter who ran into this problem. (I read about this happening on other blogs.) This worm would have been a better worm if I had knitted it toe-up and with a short-row heel as short-row heels use less yarn than heel flaps and gussets. But how is a knitter to know? A knitter assumes that one ball of sock yarn will make one sock. Good thing I saved the "starter yarn," which is what I call the yarn at the beginning of a ball that isn't used because you want the socks to match or start with a certain color.

This worm is a bit more colorful, but just as weirdly shaped as the worm I found in Thailand.

Birthday Yarn

My boyfriend asked me what I wanted for my birthday. (By the way, does anyone notice anything different in my blog heading? I'm no longer (gasp!) pressing thirty.) So I told him sock yarn and a foot spa. He must think I LOVE feet. Here's what he bought me:

So this yarn isn't exactly what I think of when I think of sock yarn, so I'm a little wary of the owner of the yarn-shop-that-shall-not-be-named who told my dear boyfriend that this was sock yarn. Nevertheless, I think my my boyfriend did a lovely job. It's so lovely. I love the fact that he went into the yarn store and bought me yarn! What a wonderful wonderful boy!

He even said that I could make him something with the brown yarn and that the blue yarn was for me. Say, ladies, have any of you been brave enough to make socks for manfeet? Frankly, I'm a bit frightened.

A Big Thank You

Today I got a huge surprise from my Secret Pal. She got me a gift certificate to Spunky Eclectic. I'm already drooling over all the gorgeous sock yarn and am having a difficult time deciding on what I want. I haven't come across this vendor before, so getting the gift certificate was like getting two gifts in one. Thank you so much, Secret Pal. I'll let you know what I pick out.


Lazuli said...

Your sock came out very well! That's good you had the extra yarn! Also, the colors your bf picked out are lovely. It's always nice when they buy us yarn, isn't it? (Although I agree about the whole "sock yarn?" thing.)

Leslie said...

Welcome to world of the 30's. So far it seems pretty good, but ask me in a few more months to get a full picture. I don't know about you, but I was dreading it. Such a silly fuss over a number. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I can't really tell what the yarn is, but if it's worsted weight, I've been using the pattern in the Magic Loop booklet and it goes very fast on sz. 6 needles. I think Knitty also has a pattern for heavier yarn (Thuja, maybe?). You can always cheat and use heavier yarn for bigger feet. But is it really cheating if he doesn't know the difference between "real" sock yarn and other stuff?

Thanks for the head's up on the Knitpicks yarn. I'm getting ready to start some socks in one of their yarns and maybe I'll try to give the toe-up method a go of it just to be sure I don't run short.

K8 said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog :) I'm too in love with my stash now to do much knitting with it. Speaking of manfeet, I'm working on a pair of socks from Knitting Vintage Socks for a guy. It's going well, just seems to be taking forever between knitter's ADD and him having guy-sized feet! I haven't posted any pics of 'em in case he comes across my knitting blog.