Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Box-of-Chocolate Socks; More Squares; In Other News

Box-of-Chocolate Socks

Today looks dreadful and snow-threatened. It was sunny and warm just a few hours ago. I've been so busy these last few weeks that I've had little time to update my blog. Of course, I'm never too busy to knit, so I do have a finished object.

These are my second socks for February's Socktopia. The theme for this pair is "life is like a box of chocolates." I wanted to work with a pattern that might suggest little chocolate treats, so I chose a baby rib from Sensational Knitted Socks.

Box-of-Chocolate socks:
Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Napoleon
Pattern: 2x2 2" cuff over 64 stitches on size 1 dpns, leg and foot done in a baby (mock) rib
Timeline: cast on February 12 and finished on February 24
Recipient: these socks are for me

I'm not sure if the pooling was caused by the baby rib pattern or the yarn itself, but I really loved this yarn and don't really mind the pooling. Spunky Eclectic's yarn is superbly fluffy & springy.

More Squares

Natalie of Mommy, Look What I Made sent in two squares, one in memory of Virginia Nell Strong and one in memory of C. Bradley Mulholland, who passed away last week. Thank you so much, Natalie. Your squares are beautiful, and I'm happy that you found some comfort in making them. Your notes really touched me. Thank you.

In Other News

I finally got my hair cut after seven months. The last time I had it cut was this summer at my cousin's salon in Bangkok. I got a curly girl cut, and I loved loved loved it. I will never go straight again.

Manly and I get to go to Atlanta on Thursday for a conference. Perhaps one day there will be conference in some city that's actually romantic.

I live on a block of brownstones. This means that there is always some construction or renovation being done and that there are always strange vans and men cussing on their cell phones and spitting. I suppose this is part of the charm of brownstone living?


The_Add_Knitter said...

Man, are we on the same wave length or what? I'm also doing the baby cable socks from Sensational Knitted socks!!

Did you receive our package yet? We sent it last Tuesday, let me know.

Go to the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta, you'll like it. I must warn you as a former longtime resident of Athens, I am programmed against Atlanta in every possible way...

JaneD said...
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JaneD said...

Great socks!

I'm planning on bringing you some squares tomorrow if I have time to pull in the ends and block them tonight. Warning: some of them are in colors only a clown could love, but then again, the colors could really brighten a hospital room or a dreary day. It makes me think of the quilt in _Beloved_ that has one little bit of orange against the otherwise drab fabrics. My squares can be the little bright bits!

Leslie said...

Gorgeous socks... again! I'm so impressed. Perfect with your new color scheme on the blog. I didn't get a chance to comment on your earlier post about your dyeing venture. Can't wait to see the beauties you produce!

Not sure if I told you, but I'm working on an afghan for your collection. I obviously won't make the January or February deadlines but I'm hoping for March. It's blue and white so I want to finish in the right time frame for Project Spectrum. You'll still be collecting then, right? I'm working on a typical academic time frame... late, late, late.

And finally, I thought of you this weekend. I was in Chicago at a conference and did some yarn retail therapy. Found some Artyarns Silk Rhapsody (130). It's so you. More Neopolitan than in the picture on their website ( Made the prettiest Clapotis I've ever seen. If only it fit in a grad student budget I would've picked up some for you. If you ever win the lottery, this is the first stuff you should buy!

Meredith said...

Jebus woman, you churn out socks faster than the Yarn Harlot!! Love these new ones and the pattern really suits them.
Have fun on your trip! Don't worry, you can make ANY place romantic with a little imagination so have fun with it.
Hope all is well.

Knitting Bandit said...

Pretty socks...they match the theme perfectly!

K. said...

The colors on those socks just reek box of chocolates. And I mean that in a good way! Enjoy your trip!

schrodinger said...

I love that colorway!! The socks are gorgeous.

Pink Dandelion said...

Hi! I haven't been in blogland for awhile - trying to come back though!

Great socks! I love that color!