27.3.07

FO: red socks

Finally, an FO!
The first since January. Well I have been somewhat busy.

Yarn
:
Lane Cervinia Calzetteria in 132...er...red? A smidge over 2 balls. Verdict: Quite nice. Initially felt a tad scratchy, but that was only in comparison to the recently-handled 50/50 merino/silk..hello! On the feet, very comfy and soft.

Needles: 2.25 bamboo dpns
Pattern
: Seed Stitch Rib Socks which came free with the yarn. A basic Top-down, 60 stitch, 2X ribbing with seed stitch in the gutters.
Difficulty rating: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. They pretty much flew off the needles (with one notable exception) with almost no thinking required.None! Gotta love that. Goat thought I was some kind of knitting genius but all I had to do was what I was told.
Mods: None.
Which...in retrospect, was probably a mistake, because if I did these again, I would either go down a needle size or lose some stitches (which is tricky on a 6 stitch pattern repeat), because these puppies are way too big! Note the saggy bloop above the heel in the photo below.

I've been wearing them around the house all morning and if I gaze down at my foot they now appear to be more like those Olivia Newton-John Xanadu Leg-Scrunchies. All I need is a pair of white roller skates and I'm set.

Ah well, they may not be the most poetic pair of socks ever knitted, nor even the best-fitting, but you know what? They're my first pair, they joined the mile-high-club and I'm keepin' 'em.

The bougainvillea flowers (which of course every horticultural nerd knows aren't really flowers at all, but bracts -coloured leaves- protecting the actual flower) ...they look art-directed but they had in fact just all plopped there on the front verandah after last night's rain. I can assure you, there was no gratuitous styling involved, and I do like the tonal resonance of red and pink.

Flu-wise, this virus is pernicious!! Yesterday I doped myself up on Codral, dragged my death-warmed-up arse in to UTS to teach what I thought was going to be a process tutorial, but in fact was a Studio class in model making! Surprise!! Good thing I can model make with my eyes closed and was a snap to wing it, even though my brain felt like cotton wool, I kept losing my voice and had to teach English to the Japanese student, Scale to the fashion students, and Metric to the American student. Phew.

Today however is a proper "be sick in bed" day..no more trying to fix up the house. Had to take a break from sick-bed literature though as I'm reading Jim Jarmusch interviewing Tom Waits [a somewhat lateral link here]; they're both so dry-ley, wry-ley hilarious that it's bringing on coughing fits!
Looks like it's just gonna have to be knitting. Lost enthusiasm for ol' Princess Morte.
May have to delve into the stash and see what I can come up with.

Thanks everyone for your kind "get well soon"s. They cheered me up no end.




9 Comments:

Blogger Rose Red said...

Oh red socks - pretty! You must have such skinny legs - if I did 60 stitch socks on 2.25 sticks I wouldn't have a chance of getting them on my (now-feeling-very-fat) legs! Shame you are still feeling poorly but at least you can still knit!

27 March 2007 at 3:04 pm  
Blogger M-H said...

Lovely socks. Hope you will feel better soon. You've had a stressful time lately and it takes its toll.

27 March 2007 at 3:26 pm  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Congratulations on you first pair! They look lovely. I still wear my first pair of socks that I knit on 6th grade. it's a love affair that never ends. :)

27 March 2007 at 5:57 pm  
Blogger kgirl said...

congrats on your sock initiation, Carson - well done to you! Hope you're feeling better soon, and that Mr's Jarmusch and Waits keep you suitably entertained

27 March 2007 at 7:43 pm  
Blogger Laura said...

Love your red socks! And the bougainvillea! And the Xanadu reference! :)

Feel better, Carson!

27 March 2007 at 9:42 pm  
Blogger Madge said...

I'm with Goat on this one - your red socks are awesome. Great job on your first pair!

OMG, you referenced Xanadu. *snort*

Feel better. That's an order.

28 March 2007 at 4:37 am  
Blogger mari said...

The socks look great! And hey, they will always be the numero uno... It's funny, that Lane Cervinia Calzetteria is the only sock yarn I can get from my local yarn shop, but they never have such vivid colours.

28 March 2007 at 7:47 am  
Blogger Christy said...

I hope you continue to improve in health. Congrats on finishing your first sock. And so what if they're slouchy...it just gives you an opportunity to dance around the house singing "You're the One that I want"

28 March 2007 at 1:23 pm  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Wow, everybody has cherry-topped toes these days! Has red become the new green??

29 March 2007 at 12:04 am  

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