Thursday, January 18, 2007

Robbed!

Give it up people, I've lost my sock virginity.


Rather surprisingly, these babies have not convinced me of the virtue of sock knitting.

I butchered three pairs of needles to finish these. Three! I kept snapping them, splitting them, bending them. I guess it was my own fault for using wood double points that bare a remarkable similarity to toothpicks, but still, three!


I suffered a terrible case of second sock syndrome. It's a killer that, hey. I had to wear the one completed sock for a while to demonstrate to myself the stunted enjoyment one sock brings a two-footed person. Then I had to keep it on to serve as a stimulus for the need to remedy this unnatural one socked foot situation.

And now here they are. But not on my feet (the tanned, shaved legs thing isn't really my style). You see my mum was visiting over the weekend. And we have the same size feet. And you can see where this is going. The socks were stolen from my clutches about 3 second after natural sock order had been established. Look at them sunning themselves up there! Ungrateful hussies!

All is not lost though. Last week's sock porn is transforming itself into monkey quite quickly. By Magic Loop. I'm enjoying this pattern a lot, I think that the lace pattern really breaks the monotony I got a bit bored with in the Jaywalkers. Maybe there is sock hope for me yet.

Pattern: The omnipresent Jaywalker
Yarn: Lorna's Laces shepherd sock in Gold Hill
Needles: Too many. Most in 2.25mm double points although there was the occasional 2.5mm thrown in when stocks got low.

Now I swear this title was here before this happened, but turns out sock-robbing isn't the only thing on the cards at our place. Our car was broken into by a pretty considerate robber. Yes, that's right. No windows were broken. Nothing was taken. We think the car was locked once he/she/they were finished. Apparently our robber isn't a fan of Radiohead (I actually think OK Computer is a great album, but I digress). All in all, everything you'd look for in a car robber. Thanks!

20 comments:

Bells said...

Three needles BP?? Three? You're a freak! But the jaywalkers are fabulous. I wanna make some.

And very nice of your robber to leave OK computer behind. I'd have been a tad pissed off about that.

claudine said...

Sorry about the needles... The socks look lovely though!

I've only just caught the sock knitting bug, while knitting my 3rd pair of socks. Now all I want to do is get sock yarns. Ok, not just sock yarns, but you get the idea...

Louise said...

lovely socks - you are a prolific knitter
lots of tagging going on at the moment - consider yourself WEIRD tagged Lx

2paw said...

Great socks!! You can knit 2 at once on circulars, though I prefer double pointed needles. I have to use metal needles otherwise I bend and break them too. Glad the robber was considerate. Boogelly person.....

del said...

The socks are gorgeous! Weren't they worth it?? Next time, are you doing to use different needles, LOL?

futuregirl said...

OK Computer is awesome! I had my radio stolen out of my car in highschool. They left all my tapes ... except for my favorite Cure, which just happened to be in the radio at the time. Who knew robbers were so picky?

melissa said...

well done on your first socks!

miss ewe said...

Drag about the thefts... especially the sock theft! But congrats on finishing your first pair... I'm almost there myself.

Leah said...

So sorry about the needles & your car (though you did luck out with no broken windows & all).

I think your jays look fantastic! I can't wait to see your monkey socks all finished!

Coleen said...

great Jaywalkers! Now that you are trying magic loop you wont have to sacrifice anymore needles to the sock gods!

Nora said...

Gorgeous socks - but I agree, Jaywalker has had it's day (and Monkey is far mor more interesting).

Sorry to hear about the needles and your car. x

m e l i s s a said...

great socks! that lorna's laces colorways is gorgeous.

SoulCradler said...

Oh BP, I'm sorry about your break in. If it is any consolation, when a robber broke into our Kombi they DID break the window (even though the rear sliding door was unlocked!); and they DID steal all our favourite CDs. There was some consolation in human kindness about a week later, a I told Brad (T) at work about it, and he gave me his copies the new (at the time) Foo Fighters album and Probot, which had both been stolen. Now we don't keep any *actual* copies of CDs or their covers in the car, although we have moved to the country, so not as much to worry about any more.

The socks look lovely, and I think it is great that your mum stole them - a vindication of your wonderfulness.

I'm still hunting for an easy project - any ideas/recommendations?

Eme said...

wait, wait - you've never knit socks before the jaywalkers and now you're doing Monkey? wow! I'm impressed...
[starts thinking about casting on sock yarn...]
:)

Jejune said...

Hi - Bells has led me to your Blog... so this is my first post :)

I've made the Jaywalker socks too, and honestly, don't you just get sick of the pattern by the foot section of the first sock? I also started on bamboo DPNs and suffered tragic losses, with broken (expensive!) needles.

I now use Ivore caesin 2.25 DPNs for my socks - it takes a while to get used to the flexible needles, but they work well for me.

All that aside, they look gorgeous, and I hope they'll behave themselves and come back to their rightful owner. Shameless hussies!

SadieandLance said...

Ummm did I miss something? How'd you know the robber had broken in if they hadn't borken any windows or taken anything? Weird.

That happened to me once but the buggers broke my window - didn't take anything - they completely missed the box compartment in between the front seats full of change too - dumb faks.

Cool socks! I cast on this week too - not Jwalkers, but 'easy socks'. Here's hoping!

Meg said...

maybe the jaywalkers just didn't respect you in the morning? : ) Hopefully Monkey is a keeper!

lobstah said...

Well even if you didn't find the process completely exciting, they still came out great! I'm not a huge sock knitter either. Maybe two or three pairs a year just to change things up. I haven't broken any DPN's yet but they are rather bowed. I also find that knitting on DPN's is straining on my arms/wrists, don't know why!

Dharma said...

Lovely colourway! I really need to get started on my first pair of socks. Yep, really just need to do it. They are already planned to go to my mum! But she doesn't know and lives 3000 miles away. Have to say that I have no real desire to make jaywalker, ubiquitousness not withstanding.

Sourire11 said...

wait... those are your very first pair and they are jaywalkers? WOW! They are beautiful! And if they were Brittany Birch needles if you write to them they will send you replacements....I know from experience :-)