suicide socks

I died on October 4th with this very cozy pair of ISOD. I haven’t blogged about it because I wasn’t sure what I was going to write, but I guess truth is best. 

When I opened the envelope I laughed.  Yes, I laughed!  For probably ten full minutes.  You see, I can be a bit of a Martha.  How it seems as opposed to how it really is.  I guess it could be seen as being superficial, but I think it is an over compensation for other short comings.  You see, I’m fat.  Not the “gee I feel so fat, I should loose 5lbs” fat, but the “I need to loose another person worth of weight” fat.  I usually get judged as being lazy and stupid before I get two words out of my mouth.  Because if I was smart and would just put the fork down and get up off my fat @ss I wouldn’t be that fat.  Yeah.  So, I overcompensate.  I try show them how great I am, how giving, how funny, how self depricating, how . . . whatever would make them happy.  Pathetic, I know.  Ok, back to the socks.  I opened the envelope and here are these utterly imperfect socks. 

I was shocked!  I mean how could someone send out socks looking like this?  What would people think?!  Then it dawned on me, my assassin worked hard on these socks, she is a new sock knitter and she did her best given the pressure of Sock Wars (people were staying up all night the first night to get their socks in the mail the next day, for gosh sakes, crazy), she took the time to e-mail me several times and we had a bit of a rapport going on, considering she was trying to kill me and all.  It didn’t matter at all that they weren’t perfect, they were perfect enough.  F#ck what people think!  I put them on, and they are the coziest socks I have ever worn.  In fact, I washed them earlier today and I’m wearing them right now.

Two weeks ago I went to Sock Sorority at my LYS and started these socks.   They are for the Holiday Knitting ’06 and will be for one of the BILs, the one who is ‘alergic’ to wool.  The pattern is Gentleman’s Fancy Socks, from Nancy Bush’s, Knitting Vintage Socks. I am using Elann Esprit (cotton/elastic), so I have had to make a couple of modifications, but nothing major.  These socks are takeing FOREVER to knit, no not socks . . . SOCK . . . one singular.  I forgot how long 2×2 rib takes to knit when it’s almost the whole sock is ribbed.

I needed to take a break, and I love my Sock Wars socks so much I decided to make myself another pair, can’t have to many warm house socks when it starts to get cold.  I grabbed a ball of Cascade 220 Superwash and away I went.  Since they are the Socks of Doom and I’m knitting them for myself, I have dubbed them the Suicide Socks.

maybe not doomed

I have a victim!!  I heard back from my victim twice removed last night and I will be shipping out the socks today, as soon as they are dry.  With all the whoha I decided to go ahead and wet block them, so they are drying right now but as soon as they are dry I am popping them into the mail!

doomed

I have finished the Socks of Doom, actually I finished them last night. 

pattern: International Sock of Doom
yarn: Regia 6ply Crazy Colors
needles: Clover Bamboo US5
cast on: September 23rd  cast off: September 27th 

I should be thrilled, but I have no one to send them to.   I contacted my victim and, oh, yeah, sorry, I dropped out.  I’m glad I hadn’t just sent them off without contacting her.

Ok, I contaced her victim and received an odd reply indicating that she hadn’t received the information and that was why she had e-mailed me the first time.  Huh?  I replied that I didn’t think I was who she thought I was and explained the whole thing (again).  I explained about the trouble YM had with Hurricane Gordon and how all the info was posted at YM’s blog.  Later I found her victim info and e-mailed her again.  No reply, to either e-mail.  Hmmm.  Tonight I e-mailed again letting her know I was going to assume (yes, I know the saying) she was not interested in playing Sock Wars and I would go ahead and contact her victim, and I did.  Now, I just get to wait for my victim’s victim’s victim to reply.  Maybe I’ll be able to send out the socks tomorrow, or Saturday. 

My assassin has e-mailed me to let me know that my death is already in the post.  Luckily, they have to come all the way from the UK, so I might have a chance to mail mine out before being neutralized.

so much yarn, so little time

There is so much going on in the blogsphere.

Sock Wars:  I have my target, I have my weapon and I know who is hunting me.  I have some built in lag time (time in the mail) as my assasin is in the UK, but my target is in Australia, so she has some lag time too.  I have finished the first sock without too much trouble, I only had to rip the heel and partial gusset a few times.  I know, I need to learn to read.  Can you believe some people have already put their socks in the mail, the pattern was released on Friday.  There has been one reported kill, those socks were handed off in person yesterday. 

Soctoberfest is just around the corner.  I am so excited about this one, it was so much fun last year.  I have several pairs of socks I need to knit up for the Holiday Knitting ’06 and will try to complete them in October.

 

For me these two go together.  Dulaan Project 2007 has been officially kicked off and I will be doing much EZ knitting for Dulaan.  I was lucky(?) enough to be able to attend the Yarn Giveaway at Ryan’s and I have plenty of super bulky yarn to knit into very warm Tomten Jackets and hats.  I was impressed with the fact that the hostesses of Zimmermania! actually contacted Meg Swansen for permisson to hold the KAL, how classy is that.

I received three EZ books for my b’day last week, very cool!  I am all set for Zimmermania! now.

On the knitting front, Quinn has been set aside while I finish the Socks of Doom for Sock Wars. I am almost done with Quinn, just have a couple of rows left on the body, then on to the 16′ of 2 stitch i-cord. Sixteen feet!

Sock Wars

 sock wars

The Rules

  1. The first rule of Sock Wars is: You must talk about Sock Wars.
  2. The second rule of Sock Wars is: You MUST talk about Sock Wars. (no really, for this to be a success we need as many combatants as possible)
  3. Two socks to a fight.
  4. One fight at a time.
  5. No shirts, no shoes, just socks
  6. Fights will go on as long as they have to.
  7. If this is your first time in Sock Wars, you have to fight.