Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sock Wars Status

Happy Halloween!

Current sock wars status: 525 dead, 64 dying, 133 living, 40 AWOL, and 10 of unknown status.

It tickles me that there are at least 64 pairs of handknit socks being delivered around the world as I type this. Yes, I get entirely too much enjoyment out of this. What can I say? I'm easily amused.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Sock Wars - Round Two

Saturday: Finished socks. Weighed socks. Went on research binge to figure out how to send socks to Norway with reasonable efficiency and without breaking the bank.

I ended up using Global Priority Mail from the post office. Huge envelope, flat rate fee of $8.50, and no hassle. I probably could have mailed it for less by weight, but the free Tyvek envelope looked like it could really take a beating without tearing up. Let's hope!

Today: Mailed socks, went to wild Halloween party full of kids, followed by piano lessons for one of my guys. Need to make dinner.

Tonight: Imminent collapse.

Started:19 October 2006
Finished:28 October 2006
Pattern:Yarn Monkey's International Sock of DOOM
Yarn:Ball band MIA. 100% mercerized cotton, in a dark bluish green. One ball per sock, with a bit left over on each.
Needles:Old pink aluminums, size US 5
Notes:This stuff is like knitting with string - no sproing at all. I hope the ribbing is enough to keep everything conforming to my victim's feet.
I received half of a sock from Julie in CA - she'd turned the heel - and finished the pair for MagFly in Norway.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sunday Sky - 29 Oct

Sorry for missing Saturday with my sky. I hope today's sky makes up for it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Why do you DO this?

My husband is a wonderful man. He's smart, funny, and terribly protective of me. He and I think on the same wavelength 99% of the time, which makes it odd when he just doesn't grok where I'm coming from. Take Sock Wars; the man thinks I'm a raving lunatic.

Now, granted. To the average person, a slightly stressed mom of two who is homeschooling, struggling to keep up with housework, and ready to start on this year's round of handmade holiday gifts and comfy flannel PJs really shouldn't be contemplating another project, especially one with a timeline.

But, come on. Really. A little project, with the thrill of assassination? Having your heart go pitter-patter every time the postman comes and you might find death in the mail? Death by handmade socks?! It's a no-brainer. Plus, there's the added bonus of an escape plan: if it gets to be too much, stop knitting and wait to be killed by warm, handknit goodness. I'm looking hard, but I can't find the downside.

So, as often happens when crafting comes into play, he looks at me as one might look at any crazy relative: with wary fondness. After all, you never know what we're going to do next. It's best to make no sudden movements - we are volatile, we protect our projects, and we are holding very pointy sticks.

Sock Wars

Google Spreadsheet - keep abreast of the war

Current status: 495 dead, 65 dying, 163 living, 36 AWOL, and 12 of unknown status.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Sock Wars - Round One

I nominate these socks for the Ugly Duckling category in Sock Wars. I'm allowed - I made them. Shhhh! Don't tell!

With luck, I was able to assassinate the lovely Julie, who loves across the country from me. She's been an amazing sport about these wacky socks, and says she'll wear them on 'Crazy Sock Day' at her school (she's a teacher.) How cool is that?

I just received my second round sock in the mail from Julie. I have no idea if I'll be able to finish them before I'm bumped from the war, but I've met my goal.

Started:22 September 2006
Finished:11 October 2006
Pattern:Yarn Monkey's International Sock of DOOM
Yarn:Cascade Fixation - 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic. Each ball is 50g / 186 yards stretched, 100 yards relaxed. Color 9966. One ball per sock, with a bit left over on each.
Needles:Old pink aluminums, size US 5
Notes:The fixation yarn took a bit of getting used to - it's very stretchy, which made figuring out my tension trickier than usual. I'd knit with it again, though, now that I have it down. The socks are nice and stretchy.

Saturday Sky - 21 October

Happy October - 63 degrees F and not a cloud in the sky. I included a bit of one of our oak trees for color. There's only so much endless blue you can take!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday Sky - 14 October

Another one of those bluer than blue North Carolina days. My camera missed out on the fullest part of the day, but I snapped this one of a pine tree in our neighborhood. The sunset made some lovely yellows on the trunk. I'm still waiting for leaves to turn, here. One of these days.