Tuesday, February 07, 2012

update on travel socks

As you know, I knit a lot of socks while carpooling, and during swim lessons, basketball practices (when I'm not coaching), basketball games and tournaments.
My son's school team has had two tournaments so far, and another this week, all leading up to the Area Tournament next week. So far, they have been after school affairs, giving me 4 or so hours of knitting time. Plus carpooling nets me a couple of days a week as a passenger, Saturday morning league basketball is an hour, swimming is 45 minutes every Monday... and, well you can see where this is going.
I get a lot of sock knitting done.
My output since Christmas:

from left to right - A new pair I started this weekend, a pair of green tones Misti Alpaca Sock, and a blue/grey pair or what is probably my new favourite sock yarn - Tanis Fibre Arts Purple Label. Merino, Cashmere and Nylon. Yum.
The Alpaca ones are for my father in law - he loves this wool with the passion of a thousand suns. He has three pairs in it already, and some bamboo ones, but it seems he will wear the socks for multiple days. To combat the "eeewwwwww!!!" factor, I'm on a mission to get him at least a few more alpaca pairs. I don't care what he says, and how inactive he may be, wearing socks for more than one day is gross. Of course, he may be saying this just to move to the top of my sock queue...
The Tanis cashmere socks are for my husband. His birthday is in April, so I'm ahead of the curve here. I've got one heel put in, and will do the other one sometime before April 1st. (knowing me, probably March 31st...)
The variegated red is an unknown. Found it in my stash, already wound into a cake, with no tag. At first I thought Socks that Rock, but it's too crisp for that. Possibly Fleece Artist - it has the right kind of colouration. Or it could be something completely different. Whatever, it's kind of a small cake, so I'm going to add some black heels, and ribbing, as well as some stripes leading up to the ribbing.
These have not yet told me who they belong to - I was thinking my 31 year old nephew that lives in Montreal - he adores the hand knit socks, and I sent him some for Christmas, after I heard through the grapevine that he was hoping for some. HOWEVER... he got them for Christmas, it's now February, and he's 31. He has my email address. He has my cell phone number, and knows how to text. No thankee, No more sockee...

Also - someone asked me about the Steve Jobs book (seen in above photo). I started it, then took a break because some books I reserved at the library became available and since they were on a time limit, I read them first, and have now gone back to Jobs. I always knew he was somewhat tyrannical, and a bit difficult, but I tell you, after reading this, I has lost any respect I once had for him. He may have been a visionary, and he may have been brilliant, but he used people and their ideas, and was just the biggest dick of a person. I could forgive a lot of what he did, but the fact that he refused a "reserved for the CEO" parking spot, instead parking in the wheelchair accessible spots (often across two of them), well, that just did it for me. It's a fascinating read, but it has coloured my opinion of him.


Needles said...

Nice socks as ever.

Interesting about Steve Jobs. I haven't read it yet and probably won't. Yes he contributed a lot to the modern world, but I'm not so sure that those contributions will be good for us. Not an i-fan.

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! That's a lot of built in, guilt free, regular knitting time! How wonderful! No wonder you get so much done!

I had only heard good stuff about Jobs until a story last week on NPR that told some not-so-nice stuff about Apple and now the stuff you're saying. Interesting!

Brendaknits said...

I had heard some negative things about Steve Jobs When I purchased my new laptopl I chose windows and told people it was becasue I like BIll Gates better than Steve Jobs.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Where is Montreal does your 31 year old nephew live? Did he grow up here?

I am sure you will be able to finish the socks for your hubby before his birthday. Me on the other hand I am working on socks owed to my hubby from Xmas 09. Lol

I wanted to read Steve Jobs book too. I heard he wasn't a nice guy.