Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Modern Spirit of Christmas

In the spirit of the season, I present to you a whole whack of stuff that you don't really have time for. I don't really have time for it either, but what the hey! tis the season to drive ourselves nuts with an overblown sense of obligation.

Look, I finished my sweet spring socks. I'm going to save them to wear around the house Christmas morning. You could say they are a present to myself.

This next shot shows my last Rockin' Sock Club STR shipment. I'm glad I signed up for the club, but won't do it again. I don't like STR for socks. It doesn't wear well and the colors are too busy for the most part.

I love the red, called Mustang Sally, and I think it deserves to be knit into something finer than socks. The rainbow colored skien is my bonus one. It's called Rare Gems and while I think the colors are lovely in the skein, I'm a little concerned about how they'll look mashed together when knit up. I'm thinking that it may make a lovely pair of Fiber Fish mittens though.

Speaking of which, I've received some shots of finished Fiber Fish mittens. Get a load of these.



Aren't they awesome? I'm blown away with the creativity people show and the many different permutations of fish. They almost come alive!

The sleeve/swatch is on hiatus while I puzzle out gauge and size and schtuff like that. Instead, I'm thinking that my husband should also have new socks for Christmas morning. I started putting the ankle on his socks and added this little detail.

I really like it. It's your basic herringbone, but without the yarn overs so it won't be lacy. Instead I'm doing a make one in the stitch below. Also, I've added 2 purl stitches on either side to give back some of the stretch that is lost with a biased stitch. Best of all, Jim approved.

As if all that wasn't enough, Carrie at The Barefoot Cobbler tagged me for the weird meme. I've been embracing my weirdness since I was fourteen. How could I refuse? So here you go, six weird things about me:

1. I'm a techwriter, but I make up silly words and phrases all the time. I give my boys "smoochies" and when I'm happy I get "wiggly puppy butt."

2. I'm not religious, but I always put the nativity up every Christmas. I bought some of the pieces for myself when I was 14, and my mother and brother suprised me with the rest as a Christmas present. My dad built me the stable.

3. I learned to read in kindergarten.

4. I've never been hung over, or drank so much that I got sick. I do drink, but I always stop just when the world starts to seem slurry.

5. I believe in magic. I believe that people, places, objects and rituals can evoke power within ourselves that can effect change. Therefore I treat such things with respect and try to create some magic now and then.

6. I like playing with toys and it doesn't really seem like Christmas without getting one for a present.

Finally, I will leave you with a picture of my sheep ornament. Just to give this blog post that one last shot of Christmas excess.


  1. I really like how the colours behaved on those Trekking socks -- most excellent!

    My Rare Gem is totally different from yours. Some of them are really nice. Others, well, I suppose it's a good thing they're rare. :-)

  2. I'm with you on any of the sock KALs where you get yarn sent - like a sock of the month - I have a couple of balls sitting there awaiting something, but I don't think it is socks. Many of the patterns are just too large for me. I was blessed with slim feet and ankles, and anything more than 64 sts on a 2 mm needle and they are sloppy! Have a great Christmas and the little sheep will be watching for wooly goodies under the tree!

  3. Oooo I really like the sheep ornament, and we believe in magic, too! My daughter's teacher said there was no magic in the world, no unicorns... my daughter said, "Well, you're obviously not a maiden!" LOL

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  5. Those fish mittens crack me up!

  6. LOVE the sheep ornament, love the socks, love the Socks That Rock yarn. Hey, I make a crib every Christmas too, although I dislike organised religion intensely. Now I realise that we're all simply celebrating the solstice and the rebirth of the sun god.
    Love and Midwinter greetings
    Jo at Celtic Memory Yarn

  7. Fun post -- I like the mitten pictures, it was interesting to read your take on STR yarn, and the weird list was fun, but why is it weird to have learned to read in kindergarten? Isn't that when most people learn?

  8. When I learned to read in kindergarten I was part of a group of 5 who were chosen to learn. I always thought that was a little weird. Also, for the next 3 grades, I was reading one grade ahead of the grade I was in. Also weird.

    I think most people really learn to read in Grade one. Kindergarten is for pre-reading activities.

  9. I love the fish!!
    too cute