Sock Stories

I thought I’d let my sock WIPs do the talking here. Warning: they’re a little disgruntled.
Single Socks
Hi! I’m the sock on the left. Aren’t I just a multi-colored dream?! I’m knit out of Handmaiden Casbah in Dandelion, so I’m soft too with 10% cashmere. I’m divine, but I’m a single sock! What’s the problem you ask? Well, she couldn’t decide whether to knit me up as Pablo Deep, as I am, or Cookie A’s Monkey, so now she is considering knitting my mate in the Monkey pattern. She can’t decide. How lame is that?
Sock on the right here! Do you know why I am only one sock? Because my cuff ribbing doesn’t line up well with my lace pattern (see below). Whose fault is that? She did K2,P2 rib without even thinking, when employing just one extra neuron would have told her that K2,P3,K2,P1 ribbing would have been perfect. She didn’t notice until she grafted the toe shut. That’s the opposite end of the sock! Now she wants to knit my mate in a different pattern. But–she can’t remember which pattern. How dumb is she? I mean, seriously.
Little Arrowhead sock: cuff detail
Roger Sock WIP
Aren’t I knitting up beautifully? On the outside that is. On the inside I’m evil:
Roger Sock on the Inside
Bwaa-ha-ha! My yarn ran into some serious integrity issues, and now she doesn’t know how durable I’ll be! But, I am beautiful on the outside!
STR Socks WIPs
We are Socks that Rock socks. I, on the left, am mediumweight in Puck’s Mischief knit in the stitch pattern Gentleman’s Fancy Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I am STR and I am NOT pooling! I am for knitting when she is too inebriated for knitting anything more complicated. She needs to drink more, so I and my mate can be completed.
I, on the right, am lightweight STR in Bejewelled; she started me in Anne Hanson’s Chicklets Sock pattern on a bad day when she needed cheering up. I’m very cheerful! She needs to be depressed more, so she finishes me and my mate.
Calcareous Sock WIP
Hi, I’m also being knit from STR lightweight in Rose Quartz. I’m Calcareous by Hunter Hammersen. Aren’t I turning out well?! I would be much farther along, except she can’t cable, especially at the end of needles, when she has had a cocktail. She needs to stop drinking and finish me and knit my mate.

Thanks for listening to all our sock stories! Perhaps you can whip (hee-hee) her into shape for us!
–The Sock WIPs

Baby Blanket for Meghan and Ben

This past weekend M went to his first baby shower! He was not sanguine going in. He had heard horror stories of games involving diapers and smushed up candy bars, but I assured him that that would not happen at a co-ed shower, especially one for Meghan and Ben. And I was right. He got to chat with a lot of fun people, eat a kielbasa sausage sandwich (we both skipped the cupcakes with Peeps on top), and he helped direct me in painting a honey bee on a yellow onesie (he suggested the flight trail dots and did two little yellow eyes himself).
Bee onesie
Meghan got her PhD in the lab we work in, and in the autumn will be starting a science writing program. Ben is finishing up his PhD thesis. She’ll be leaving lab when the baby comes, and I will miss our political and scientific conversations. I took this candid picture of the two of them, and I like it for several reasons: one, her sister Leah in the background (wearing the shades) is grinning at the camera, even though Meghan and Ben are oblivious to it; two, Meghan looks like she is concentrating on movement by the baby with her hand raised over her abdomen; and three, you can see that Ben wore pink shorts and a blue shirt showing that girl or boy he’s happy to be becoming a dad.
Meghan and Ben
I had never knit a baby blanket before, but I figured it couldn’t be too terribly hard if I made it a rectangle. Meghan really likes bright colors, and with the sex of the baby not known, I decided bright colors and lots of them was the way to go.
Baby Blanket for Meghan and Ben
I used Anne Hanson’s Obstacles Wrap pattern, with 6 repeats going across and 13.5 repeats long. I think it was a good stitch pattern for the busy colors and it blocked well in this Mission Falls 1824 Cotton Swirl yarn. More details on my Ravelry page.
Obstacle Stitch Pattern from baby blanket
Detail for baby blanket for Meghan and Ben
I think Meghan and Ben liked it. Hopefully the baby will too!
Meghan and Ben with baby blanket

Green

Did you know that of the 7000+ colors the human eye can see over 3000 of them are greens? We can see more shades and tones of green than any other color because the wavelengths of greens are in the middle of the “visible” spectrum. I put the visible in quotes, because many insects and birds would find our color spectrum pretty wimpy.

I love greens, especially the bright, fresh greens of Spring, which in this part of northern California is almost over! John Muir described the California Central Valley as having two seasons: summer and spring. Spring starts in November with the rains, when the indigenous grasses start to grow and the world greens up. Those grasses have already put their seed heads out, and so by mid-May will have turned golden brown (creating the golden hills of California). However, the field of winter wheat next to our place, isn’t quite so far along, but it is beautiful.
Winter Wheat north

Winter Wheat south
By mid-June, this wheat will be harvested and the field will be left as bare dirt until November. So, I really appreciate these few months of verdant green. I can see it out of our bedroom window, and in mid-January that vividness is about the only thing that gets me out of bed (and M’s homemade lattes).

This love of green can explain why I had to have a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest. Didn’t it make a happy looking pair of socks?
Ringwood Forest Socks
The stitch pattern is Ringwood from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. She used them in a pattern for gentleman’s socks, but these babies are for me!
Ringwood Forest Socks: detail
I used 60 stitches for the leg, and then toward the heel I did two rounds of “ankle-shaping” decreases to get me to 56 st. I also used a garter-edged eye-of-partridge heel flap, as I am addicted to that combo.
Ringwood Forest Socks: calf shaping
I probably won’t want to wear these wool beauties while the field is so desolate of green, as that would be when the daily average temperature is over 90 degrees, but they’ll be a happy addition to my sock drawer.