Toe-tally did it
Wednesday October 28th 2009, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit

I didn’t think I was susceptible. I read Afton’s KnitTalk posts describing herself as a cheerleader, pompons pumping, pushing knitters to finish old projects by Halloween.

Don’t think so.  Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain. You know the type: talks everybody else into doing the work while she teases her cat with *her* yarn.

And then Monday night I got to idly wondering if, y’know, maybe I could finish those Casbah socks before Thursday morning–that pair I started a month ago.  I would have to do nearly half the foot and the toe on #1 and do #2, start to finish. And graft! Half the stitch count of a quick shawl while having to use (oh joy) size 0 needles.

Yeah right. There’s a reason that pair’s colorway was called Glacier.

Um…yeah…  Afton found a way to bridge my dislike of knitting socks. Pier pressure. But before you start ribbing me about them, I kept them safe and simple–no cables. (That’s the Casbah and the Sea Silk leftovers side by side just for fun.)

Hey, Chris, Vachel hasn’t been knitting lately; should I sic Afton on him? He’s in an octopus costume this week, can he knit four times as fast?

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So now you’ve finished those “once in a blue moon” socks. As Shakespeare penned, “Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.” They’re lovely! Well done!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 10.29.09 @ 1:54 am

“having to use (oh joy) size 0 needles.” My fingers hurt just thinking about it! Congrats! You’ve earned your Halloween chocolate.

Comment by LynnM 10.29.09 @ 2:45 am

I can certainly empathize with the size 0 needles. The socks are beautiful and you must be proud.

Comment by Joansie 10.29.09 @ 5:04 am

Who is this “Vachel” that you speak of and where is he so that you can “sic” me on him? It’s hard to enforce peer pressure when you don’t know the peer! 🙂

Actually, I’m sitting here with my knitted Kosher Rabbi Pigowski that a friend on Ravelry sent me – I think I feel the peer pressure waves rolling in and I need to go finish a certain Viking Chicken Hat (google it, you won’t regret it.)

Comment by afton 10.29.09 @ 6:06 am

Size 0 needles and Viking Chicken Hats. Oooh! You people know how to make Halloween scary.

(Scariest thing around here–fifteen year old who can’t think of a good costume–ransacking the house.)

Comment by LauraN 10.29.09 @ 6:16 am

No Halloween for me and no UFO trailing anywhere. Everything is a WIP. I do enjoy the cheering though. Makes me smile to see such a happy heart out there.

What will you get dressed at? 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 10.29.09 @ 6:33 am

Great color, beautiful socks! I have on one of my favorite pairs, made of Tofutsies. I keep saying I want more Tofutsies socks, and yet… Sock mojo, where are you?

Comment by Channon 10.29.09 @ 6:38 am

In the meantime, between unpacking boxes (moving is a greater adventure than I knew!), I am almost finished with the two scarves I promised you. One in Lorna’s laces and one in Zephyr. I haven’t had experience with lace before so it has taken me longer than I thought. I hope it’s not too late for the intended purpose. But then you always have someone to thank for something, don’t you? Please send me your snail mail address so I can ship them off to you. By the way, I’m going to let you block them since I’ve NEVER blocked anything before. Hope that’s ok?

Comment by Judy Foldi 10.29.09 @ 6:45 am


Comment by Michelle 10.29.09 @ 7:53 am

You’re socks are just beautiful! Yet, I cringe to think of those needles. Give me 4’s or above any

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 10.29.09 @ 8:02 am

I keep meaning to thank you for introducing me to Vachel and the rest of the gang at Little Dee – it’s a must read for me each day, and I’ll be sad to see it end.

Comment by Sandra 10.29.09 @ 9:02 am

Pier pressure? Sock it to me, baby! We’re having a Halloween party at the clubhouse Saturday. I think I’ll go as myself and scare “em half to death.


A man was telling his neighbor, ‘I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost 
me four thousand dollars, but it’s state of the art. It’s perfect.’ 
’Really,’ answered the neighbor . ‘What kind is it?’ 
’Twelve thirty.’

Comment by Don Meyer 10.29.09 @ 9:28 am

And I need to finish a pair of socks and a pair of wristwarmers. A cold in the head makes a person feel “fuzzy” so nothing that takes any thought.

Comment by sherry in idaho 10.29.09 @ 11:43 am

Yay!! One more project done! And they look lovely. You are one fast knitter.

Comment by DebbieR 10.29.09 @ 12:19 pm

Gorgeous socks! And they’re finished just in time for the cooler weather 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 10.29.09 @ 12:50 pm

The socks look wonderful. And I love plain socks – they fit me better.
That challenge is getting to me too. But so far I have resisted.

Comment by Henya 10.29.09 @ 3:22 pm

The socks are perfect. Love, love the color. All’s well. . . and aren’t you proud of yourself?!

Comment by Karen 10.29.09 @ 5:00 pm

I think it is catching. Not the finishing bit, the sock bit. I have been having strong sockish urges all day!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 10.29.09 @ 7:47 pm

Determined to seduce you to toe-up socks, I will point out that they require no grafting at all.

Comment by Lanafactrix 10.31.09 @ 10:48 am

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