Monday, March 13, 2006

Blue and green make....

Sebastian socks!!

I finished sock #1 this weekend out of the blue and green yarn. I find this yarn a tad on the hideous side, but since blue and green are my son's favorite colors, he's quite pleased with my choice of colors.

He doesn't realize it, but he paid me the biggest compliment, too. I finished the sock, closed the toe and finished up my ends and called him in and had him try it on, and he got upset when I made him take it off. He thought he was going to march around the house all weekend with one new sock on and one old white sock. When he discovered that this was not to be, his eyes welled up with tears.

Then, after I promised him (I was pressured!) that I could probably get the mate done in time for him to wear on Wednesday (shoot me. shoot me, now.) he began to hover over me, and question me every time I put the knitting needles down. When he left for school today, he made it clear that he expected to see a lot of progress made on his second sock. In fact, he informed me that "Daddy said" that I was to have the sock completed for him. Of course, daddy has no recollection of ever saying this, and got a nice chuckle out of it when he heard it.

The best part was that he declared the sock the most comfortable sock in the world.

There are just these little things in life that make me smile, and that was one of 'em.

The worst part was that I made the sock so it would fit him up to about a size three. I figured that would leave him a little room to grow. Then we went out to the mall where we picked him up a pair of Converse, and ended up walking out of there with a size 3.5. I swear, he was a size two just over a month ago, and now, no lie, I can wear his shoes...and he's only seven years old.

Holy jeez!

I'm really not too terribly worried about the sock size to be honest. I did measure his foot. One growth spurt like the one he apparently had recently though, and those socks are toast. It's a good thing I have extra skeins of yarn in that color, because I'll probably be making a larger pair in the near future, especially since my son has decided that he doesn't want any socks unless they're in this ...lovely color.

I've switched to aluminum double points for my socks, for a couple reasons. The first one is that the bamboo needles are just too flexible for me. I knit so tight that by the time I'm done with a sock, the needles have been warped into miniature boomerangs which I find really freaking irritating. So, I picked up a pair of aluminum needles, and they're much more my speed-and the stitches glide nicely across them. I do plan on trying socks with circulars before too long, but until then, these needles will be much better.

While we were at the mall this weekend, we stopped by Starbucks and picked up some beans for the coffee maker that Phil got me for my birthday. I think these beans are a lot nicer than what we've found at our regular grocery store, and the coffee smells terrific after it's been ground. We only picked up a couple flavors just to try them, and I have a couple others that I want to try the next time around.

To me, freshly ground coffee is one of the best smells in the world. I don't know why, really. Maybe it's from when I served espresso back home, but I tell ya, coffee rates right up there with a couple of my other favorite smells in the world: a box of new crayons, and Play-Doh. Yes. I know I'm weird, but the first thing I do when I open a box of crayons for my son is stick my nose into the box. I guess that's not really saying much, because I also loved the smell of gasoline when I was a kid. It smells different now, though.

The weather here has actually been nice for two whole days in a row. I actually got to wear a tank top today and it doesn't have a sweater over it. This is my favorite time of the year...well, not counting the 1.5 days in fall where the leaves are bright colors. When spring starts, it's not too hot and it's not too cold, and it's just right. It's not enough to make me like this state, though, and it's not enough to keep me from being so home sick all the time, but it's enough to pick me up a bit out of the darkness that is winter here. It's been nice to open up the windows and get the fresh air into the house, and I'm sure that there's going to be a trip to the park this week.

Well, I have a sock to knit like my life depends on it.

You guys have a good day.

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