Friday, May 9, 2008

Plain Grey Socks - not boring

The men in my life like simple, dark knits. Nothing fancy, they warn me. No stripes, no cables, no crazy stuff. Just plain. Some would say boring. But hey, as long as the sock gets worn, I say!

Despite the obvious lack of crazy, these socks took some time. I finished them just last week about 2 months after my brother's birthday. However, the recipient was quite gracious about the whole thing. Although he very kindly reminded me that as it is now May, wool socks are not really appropriate. "And what's the deal with buying socks for me anyway?" Zoinks!

So I, in turn, very graciously told him that they are actually a nice cotton/wool blend and I didn't buy them, I made them. At this, his eyes lit up and he slipped them on his bare feet and proclaimed that they were so comfortable! Needless to say, I was bursting with joy. Nothing like an appreciative audience for my knitting efforts. Makes my little knitterly heart all pitter patter.

Later in the day, we decided to venture outdoors. My brother still had his socks on and was reluctant to take them off. Here he is imitating a German tourist.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Maryland Sheep and Wool - May 2008

My first knitting-related festival. Awww. It was all that I'd dreamed of and more. First off, there were indeed sheep.

And other fiber-producing critters.

But it wouldn't be the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival without yarn. OMG - Yarn!!!! Here's my haul.

Just kidding. I went with three other yarnies - that above is our collective purchases. Here's mine.

I got some absolutely gorgeous seasilk blend from Tilli Thomas' booth. I'm thinking it will be a clapotis shawl. Mmmmm. Seasilk. Clapotis.

It was a good time. But kind of crowded - so many yarnies!

Good thing the Yarn Widower decided to stay home - maxin' and relaxin'.