Monday, January 15, 2007

Opal Rainforest II Snake Socks for MANFEET; Gifts from Mom J; Happy Blog-anniversary to Me

Opal Rainforest II Snake Socks for MANFEET

I'm back in Brooklyn, just in time for the cold that's heading our way. The airplane ride back was full of bumps, flying over all that weather-radar-green of storms and ice that coveted the mid-west. It's all heading my way.

I finished these socks while I was in Texas, just in time for the cold and my boyfriend's Ph.D. oral examination. (He takes it on Thursday; I've been trying to keep him calm, having gone through it myself back in May.) These are my second pair of MANFEET socks. Everyone seems to have a little nickname for their boyfriends/husbands/partners (the A.D.D. Knitter has her Darling Resident Marxist Curmudgeon and Lazuli has her Coffeeboy), so I'll start calling my boyfriend MANFEET. And, just to make it cute, every once in a while, I'll refer to him as Manly.

Leslie always does a good job of posting the specs of her finished objects. Here is my attempt:

MANFEET #2 Socks:
Yarn: Opal Rainforest II Snake (MANFEET picked this yarn out himself! How cute!)
Pattern: 68 stitches over size 1 Addis using the magicloop
Timeline: Begun on January 4 and finished on January 10

This yarn was delightful to work with. The yarn has so many subtle gradations and variations, and the socks really do look like milk snakes. Milk snakes mimic coral snakes, which are venomous. In Texas we have both milk snakes and coral snakes, so we have a saying that helps us to remember which snake will kill us: Red touch black friend of Jack, red touch yellow kill a fellow.

Gifts from Mom J

Mom J was so overwhelmingly thoughtful. (If you haven't seen her blogs yet, go visit!) For Christmas, she gave me so many gifts. I'll focus on the ones that I know you knitters will love.

Here is the beginning:

This knitting bag was full, I mean full of knitting things: stitch markers, row markers, point-protectors, a tape measure and other thoughtful things of which a knitter can never have too many.

There were also this book on knitting tams, a kaleidoscope, and Knit Picks Palette yarn for a tam project. I'm so excited to learn new techniques, and this tam project is perfect for overcoming my fears of using more than one strand of yarn at a time, combining color, and charts. The kaleidoscope is for viewing color combinations or balls of yarn to see how they'll mesh together. It's a really cool technique that's discussed in the book.

I also got these goodies:

I got sock blockers! Sock blockers! Now my socks can look extra-nice in photos and I can throw out my budget cardboard ones. The sock blockers, in case you're taken, are from this eBay vendor.

I also got two sock yarns that I've been eyeing for a long time now: Lorna's Laces in the Daffodil colorway and Claudia's Handpainted in the Red Wagon colorway.

I think the Red Wagon colorway ought to be renamed to something like Apple Picking, because when I look at the yarn, I don't see a red wagon; instead, I see so many varieties of apples--there's golden delicious, red delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, and the whites and cremes of the insides.

The Red Wagon is on top of a new table that Manly got me for Christmas. For a long time, we had a hideous formica-particle-wood-affair that we detested and never used. We were very glad to oust it from our apartment and kick it to the curb where some other Brooklynite gladly picked it up and took it home.

Happy Blog-anniversary to Me

I began this blog on January 13, 2006. I remember reading everyone else's knitting blogs and wanting one of my own, and here I am one year later with real readers. Thank you so much everyone who reads me--it makes me feel so less lonely of a knitter.


Specs said...

Happy Blogiversary!

And oh, how I covet those sock blockers. You're a lucky lady :)

Bee said...

Happy Blog-versary!!! I've enjoyed reading your posts and hope to read many more!

You've been cranking out socks like crazy!!! I'm having sock-envy...heh...and your socks are looking great! I'm having trouble finishing socks right now despite the urge to start. I love those ManFeet socks, what great colours. And all those knitting presents!!! Fantastic! I need to get myself some sock blockers.

schrodinger said...

Happy blogiversary.

What great gifts, I particularly love the sock blockers!

Coley said...

What a great load of stuff!
Congrats on 1 year!!!! I've only followed since we were watched up for sp8 but I love reading about your socks.

Lazuli said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm glad to have found your blog; it's a good read.

I think MANFEET is a great nickname! ;-)

Your knitting presents are awesome - what pretty sock blockers. That knitting bag looks amazingly handy with all those pockets. Very nice!

The_Add_Knitter said...

So glad you made it back safely.

Mom J is very generous indeed--did she tell you that she sent me the Wallaby pattern, totally unsollicited?! I was very touched by her kindness...

Love those snakey socks, I am blown away by your ability to crank out socks. Opal is such a dream to work with.

Enjoy your re-entry to the semester, mine starts tomorrow.

Your blog is truly a delight!!