Monday, November 23, 2009

A Sock With an Agenda

This sock has it in for me. After all the attention and almost monogamous knitting I've given to it, you'd think it would be grateful. Loving. Appreciative. But no. It hates me. How do I know it hates me? Let me enumerate.
  1. No matter how I twist the stitches, I still wind up with holes where I picked up the instep.
  2. The first time I finished it, including grafting the end, it was too short. The above picture is at the point in the pattern where I am supposed to decrease for the toe. Really?
  3. The second time I finished it, it was still too short.
  4. It makes my hands hurt. Normal yarn doesn't do that so easily.
  5. I set a goal of finishing the PAIR by November 29. It's trying to drag me down.
I think it knows I put brown in contention, along with orange, for my least favorite colors. I thought I had disguised my, at best, ambiguity towards that color by giving it a sweet name: Chocolate Kisses. Clearly, it's on to me. I think it's time I take it out into the woods and have a little "hunting accident," never mind that I don't hunt. Maybe a "hiking accident."
Speaking of hiking, I'm up to 97 geocaches found--almost to my first milestone of 100. One of the most recent was amazing: Pirate Landing. The cacher went over the top on this one: burlap and leaves were glued to the top of the container and the whole thing had a serious pirate theme. Very cool!
And then there are hiking socks: these are the ones I knitted from Wick: 49% soy yarn. I must be wearing them a lot because I'm washing 'em every week. They're comfortable inside my hiking boots and my walking shoes. And Tiny said, "Those look like real socks." That's success.


PNWBookGirl said...

That doesn't look like two inches from the end of your big toe? Measure to be sure and continue knitting instep.

Free Range Chick said...

How odd that sock is out to get you? Your pic of the other socks is really cute.

I think that we need to start geocaching. One of the other moms pointed out that there are a lot of locations by our house. I'm not surprised with all the trails and the lagoon right here.

Christine in Knevada said...

Oh! cool cache! Hey Desi, could you please remind me what kind of GPS unit you were using in Tehachapi? I'm shopping for my first one and I'm wondering what kind I'd like. It helps if I know what I've held in my hands to compare it with. Thanks! Hope your holidays are going great!

Desi said...

Yeah, it's the Garmin eTrex, see it at
While the reviews say you don't need all the bells and whistles that more expensive GPS units provide, I'd like maybe one bell.