Monday, May 5, 2008

Socks and gnomes

I'm so out of the habit of blogging now... it's really bad :( But for all who keep reading this post, to make up for it there'll be a blog contest to celebrate my upcoming birthday so keep reading!
This past week has been devoted to two thing knitting wise. The first was my project for while I was out of it on pain killers after getting my wisdom teeth out. With nothing to do but sit and watch tv all weekend I decided to start something quick that would be quickly gratifying. So I pulled out the Socks That Rock Medium Weight in the Backstabber colourway and did some plain, toe-up, stockinette socks. I must say, that after some practice, I liked it much better this time toe up than in previous attempts. I absolutely could not believe how quickly the suckers knit up with the slightly thicker yarn. And the fabric is nice and dense making the most warm and cozy socks I've ever done. Aren't they cute?
And no pooling for me, just this super cute striping. It isn't striping yarn but I happened to hit the gauge and stitch number sweet spot for it to do just that. I love it!
I also happily finished the baby bunting and today, after taking it to work and trying to dry it all day in the common room, I was able to give it to my supervisor who seemed to really like and think his wife would too. Unfortunately, I stupidly didn't take a picture of it once it was finished. He's promised me that he'll get me a picture but it could be a while, you know, baby imminently about to arrive and all. She's due today so I'm very happy that the baby was able to hold up long enough for me to finish knitting their present. I kept telling him that she wasn't allowed to go into labour until Tuesday, it'll be quite amusing if she does. Maybe the knitting gods like me again?
I have also spent the last week doing a major cleaning of my room. You see, up until now I've had two tiny shelves for books that only can hold paperback sized books. so needless to say, at this point in my academic career, my room's been over taken by textbooks, pleasure reading books, knitting books and binders of class notes. It was a total disaster. So we managed to get two bookshelves in there and I've taken to re-organizing the rest of the room and re-arranging the furniture. It still looks like a disaster as stuff is being sorted out in piles but trust me, it's come miles and miles. I think I've thrown out about 7 garbage bags worth of stuff and a stack of magazines that went up to about my chest. Lots and lots got tossed. In the re-org, I cleared off a shelf from my knick knack display shelves for fabric, sock yarn and roving. I can't believe how much sock yarn there is, yikes! Let's kindly forget that I have an order from Woolgirl coming, shh!
I think that's yarn for 36 pairs I count in that picture? Maybe more? Still a pittance compared to some though.
But of course, what you really want to know about is the blog contest! This Saturday is my 23rd birthday and it also happens to be the best holiday in the year, Whacking Day (don't worry, innocent holiday and link)! You have no idea how much I squealed when I heard Kent Brockman announce that it occurred on every May 10th in the episode. For a skein of to be determined sock yarn you need only leave a comment with your favourite obscure holiday and its date. Leave comments by Saturday May 10th 11:59 p.m. and I will use my book of random numbers to pick a winner. Good luck!
And just to amuse you:


Bunny B said...

Happy upcoming Birthday! Cute socks :)

May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day :P

knitting singer said...

Happy Early Birthday! I'm loving those socks and I am tres jealous of your sock yarn.

Here is a lovely holiday celebrated on Dec. 12- National Ding-a-Ling day!!

Heide said...

March 16th is St. Urho's day. It's not really a "favorite" holiday, but as half of my family is Finnish they tend to drink beer and whoop it up. Funny thing is, this isn't even a real holiday. It's more of a reaction to watching the Irish having a good time on St. Patrick's day. Cheers and happy Whacking Day.

noricum said...

Happy Birthday! I have trouble remembering all but the biggest holidays, let alone obscure ones. So I googled, and found a site that lists them:

My birthday is "Umbrella Day".

Since I don't have time to read all the obscure holidays, I just read those in February, my birth month. I think my favourite of those listed is "Create a vacuum day". (I will now proceed to forget all about this holiday, due to the vacuum in my mind that sucks up nearly all holiday information.)

Knit & Purl Mama said...

December 8th, is Take It In The Ear Day. I don't know what the heck that is supposed to mean - but I think it's pretty darn funny!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday on Saturday! Less than a month until you're in Montreal! Can't wait to meet you!

Deneen said...

Happy 23rd birthday-23 seems sooo long ago for me!

May 14th-Marshmallow Fluff Birthday

How can that not be a Nationally known holiday?????

Susan said...

Well, it's not my favorite holiday (I like the concept of St. Lucia's day myself) but my birthday is National Ice Cream Day - which is pretty funky to me. My favorite ice cream is a limited edition Haggen-Das that I found once and only once - a caramelized pear that was absolutely to die for!

Does that count for a strange & obscure holiday? My hubby will love the fact that it's ice cream day on my birthday - he's an ice cream addict! :)

ikkinlala said...

It depends on what you mean by obscure. I imagine that since you're in math you celebrate Pi Day, March 14th, which is probably the most obscure holiday that I ever bother to do anything about (my classmates and I celebrate by eating pie, which is much tastier than eating pi, but sometimes the misspelling bothers me).

If that's not obscure enough, a holiday I wish I could remember to celebrate is World Sauntering Day on June 19th - maybe it would help me slow down.

Have a happy birthday!

Pioggia said...

My family used to celebrate Candlemass, on February 2nd. You were supposed to dress up a baby Jesus doll and take it to church along with some candles to be blessed. We did not care much for the blessing, but we loved the tamales at the end of the day. Whomever got the bean on Epiphany (January 6, you bake a cake with a bean in it) had to pay for the tamales on Candlemass.

(Not-So) Cynical Gal said...

Miss your blogging! Happy Birthday!!! May birthdays are the best.

I found National Chocolate Covered Anything Day December 16th, which tickles me...though I do have standards and not just ANYTHING covered in chocolate will do.