Apr 11, 2006

Jet Socks

I slept horribly last night. Stinkerbelle had her Very First Sleep Over and I missed her terribly. She didn’t even call to say good night! I spoke to her this morning and she was so nonchalant about the whole thing. “Yeah, mom I missed you but I got over it.” This is the child who wakes up every night in the wee hours and climbs into bed with me. She “needs” her snuggles every night. Maybe I need them more than she does.

It’s actually a good thing that she did so well on this sleep over because she is signed up for a week of Girl Scout resident camp this summer. I was worried about how she’d do but now I can see that she’ll be just fine. She is so much stronger than I am.

So, how did I get through the night without bawling like a baby? I worked on the Jet Socks like a woman possessed and I finished them! That is the second finished object in as many days. Please excuse the crappy photo. I took it this morning and the flash did horrible things to the pattern and color. Earlier pictures showed it better and I’ll give it another shot when I get home later.
Jet Socks
Pattern: Sensational Knitted Socks - 5 Stitch Lacey Rib
Needles: #2 Addi circs
Yarn: Sundara Sock – Black Lagoon
Dates: 3/27/06 – 4/10/06

Notes: This is my very first pair of toe up socks. I have to say that I enjoyed them. It will be quite a while before I claim any actual skill but for now my results weren’t too embarrassing. I think that the second heel is better than the first – less noticeable holes. Tightening up the stitches is definitely important. They are actually a little big on Bruce. He says that they feel good but I can see the extra room and it bothers me. I followed the instructions which say to start the heel when the sock hits the ankle bone. Perhaps I ought to have measured this stretching out the sock rather than just sliding it on. Live and learn.

The yarn was a dream and I can’t wait to work with it again.

Now that I’ve cleared a few things from the needles I can start more. I have a pile of yellow and orange yarn that needs to be turned into yarn cakes so that I can start 2 more bags and another pair of socks. Get out the swift & ball winder! I’m thinking about doing my first pair of socks for the Six Sox KAL in the yellow & orange Koigu I bought at Purl Soho last month. Satisfy the KAL and Project Spectrum at the same time! I’m all about combo projects.


I’m not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow because I’ll be home preparing for the Passover holiday. For those of you not familiar with it – the first 2 nights of the holiday are all-out feasts like Thanksgiving. Of course there’s a twist in that I don’t get to use any of the familiar tools or ingredients. My Cuisinart and stand mixer have been banished to the basement along with the rest of my kitchen gadgets.

It’s strictly “B-team”. Since I only have to use the stuff for one week a year, my Passover stuff is mostly the stuff that didn’t make the cut in my day-to-day kitchen. Dishes I hate. A smaller Cuisenart that I outgrew. Dare I say it – a hand held mixer. I’ll spend the day trying to prepare a gourmet meal to the accompaniment of a steady stream of expletives. “Damn, I hate this can opener!” “Shit! I can’t find the blades to the chop-chop.” “Fuck!!!” Of course I will also be required to run to the store a dozen times for stuff I forgot. Dumbass!

This year I decided to really make things difficult for myself. I invited friends with food allergies! Ha! No bread, no corn products and nothing containing wheat or gluten of any kind. No artificial flavors or colors. No fruit. No flavor.

Oh how I love a challenge!


margene said...

You must love a challenge! The socks look great. Enjoy your Passover. We haven't had a real Passover meal since my M-I-L passed away. She was such a good cook!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

The socks look wonderful! Happy Passover!

DH has been reading up on Jewish traditions like mad (he grew up Catholic) and he made his first Challah this past weekend. According to one of our friends whose father is Jewish it was a little denser than it should have been, but it was still deemed good :-) Then last night he made an egg and tomato dish from a Sephardic cookbook. It was wonderfully yummy!

I would love to see photos of your Passover feasting afterwards if you think of it!

Dipsy D. said...

Wow, I love your socks, they turned out so fine! I haven't ever done toe up socks before, but you definitely inspired me to try my hands on it soon!
It was very interesting reading about the Passover tradition - do have a great time, and I'm also looking forward to seeing many photos afterwards!