In the form of Trekking #126 (no longer available), also known as Neopolitan or Brachs Candy sock yarn:
My plan is knee-highs a la Leslie, if I can get that much knitting out of one ball (hence the toe-up). The yarn was a gift from Vonnie at my baby shower a couple of weeks ago, and I have been holding on to it as my "reward" knitting for getting a few other things finished. For example:
The Raspberry Truffle socks. Another yarn gift from Vonnie, this time from Christmas, and it is her very own hand-painted merino superwash. Absolutely yummy to work with, and I had no pooling anywhere, not even over the gusset. Amazing! I did these on addi 1s (2.5mm). I actually should have made the leg longer b/c I had over an ounce of yarn leftover, but I get so impatient!
Next on the knitting to-do list was the GInormous man socks. Somehow I
was suckered into was conned into agreed to knit a pair of socks for my mother's friend John. She picked out the yarn and gave him the ball for his birthday, then promptly returned it to me to be knit into socks. Now folks, there are important lessons to be learned here, in fact, rookie mistakes by my own standards.
- 1) Only agree to proxy gift knitting when you are FULLY aware of all circumstances, expectations, SIZING, and deadlines.
- 2) Ask about the SIZING of the intended gift.
- 3) Don't agree to knit GINORMOUS man socks before asking about the SIZING.
So obviously I didn't do my homework. When the ball was returned to me my mom muttered something about how she hoped I could get started right away and oh yeah he has size 12 feet. 12?? I told her knitters think twice about marrying men with size 12 feet to avoid this exact scenario! But it was too late - the yarn had been gifted (and well-received, I might add), and I had to knit them.
Several months have now passed, and I knew I had to get started. My one saving grace? She had picked Opal 6-ply, which can be knit on size 3 needles, so at least they would go a bit faster than your average socks. I got started Wednesday around 1pm, and got about 4" in to the leg when I thought, these are huge. So I called for a size consultation and confirmation. John's wife checked the size of his feet, and my mom returned my call saying this: His foot measures 12" around (12"!!!!), and he wears a size 13 (13!!). Notice the subtle increase in size here? I couldn't believe it.
Somehow, I am finished with one sock already and have casted on for the other. I present the Man Sock (with Campbell's hand thrown in for perspective).
Now, on the flip side, my mom can get away with ALL of this because she gave me this for Mother's Day:
Lightweight STR in Watermelon Tourmaline. Beautiful.
I'm going to leave you all with a lesson in friendship. My good friend Destiny is knitting me the most amazing fair isled fancy baby pants from a Dale pattern. I tell you these things are Gorgeous. She has worked SO hard on them, and when you see them you will not believe that this woman has only been knitting for a year. But I have to show you what she is going through for me, my baby, and these fancypants. If you are faint of heart, you may want to avoid looking at this next picture. . .
The weaving in of the ends:
That, my friends, is true friendship.
Last of all, it's official. I am on the calender for a scheduled C-section on June 12th! I'm placing my bets that she is going to decide to come before that, but we'll see. Here's a 35 week tummy shot for y'all!