The title of this post is NOT about the Toasty Toes Socks that I knit for my pal, Leah. The socks I knit are far from the 'best'. The yarn was wonderful and squooshy (as she requested) and the pattern was fun to knit. They were a quick and easy sock...one that should have been easy to make 'perfect'. But, there was a bit of arrogance during the knitting that made the whole thing sadly funny and they have been dubbed the 'Zen socks'.
It was just after I turned the heel that I noticed one of the cables went the wrong way. The arrogance comes in at this point. Susan said I could ladder back and fix it, but I thought it would be easier to finish and then go back and fix it by cutting and grafting. Ah, yes...the best laid plans. When I went to fix the errant cable it was then I noticed, yes...after cutting it, that it was I had changed the direction of the cable and it COULDN'T BE FIXED! I did add the socks to my Socks That Walk photo album so I can prove that 11 pair of socks have been knit this year, but I should be embarrassed to put up a picture. I have decided that they are proof of my Zen-ness and the Zen-ness of dear Leah. The socks are perfect as they are. They accept who they are, we accept that they are what they are, and it is perfect. I could have sent them late and reknit the sock, but that seemed problematic. Would the yarn hold up to frogging and look as good as it did the first time through? There was yarn left over, but I wasn't sure it would be enough to reknit. I wrote and asked her if she would accept socks with an obvious mistake...and she said she would. The socks will keep her warm despite the error of my ways and as Carole said "It would be fine with me to have a pair of f*cked up socks knit by Margene." Thank you Leah for being such a good sport and may you wear the socks long and well while you think of me and get laugh out of it all, because you have living proof that I am Zen.
Speaking of Carole...SHE was MY Toasty Toes Pal! The title of this post is about the socks she knit! Carole is a dear friend and that makes the socks even better. She asked Emily to hand dye some of her Sophie's Toes yarn just for the socks and it is such lovely yarn! It's so soft and the colors are vibrant and autumnal.
Carole is the best pal ever and wearing a pair of sock knit by her hand makes me smile...warms my heart, as well as my toes. She also included one of Scout's hand dyed yarns. Don't you just love Lemon Drop Martini? Carole and I share a love of martinis and the Lemon Drop was my favorite summer drink. (I had a Appletini at Rhinebeck and Cara can tell you just how much I enjoyed it.) A pair of Lemon Drop socks will be so much fun to knit and wear.
Oh and that chocolate you see in the photo...now you see it...now it's gone. Yum! Thank you Amanda for hosting a wonderful exchange...it's been a blast.
On my side bar is a picture, taken at Rhinebeck, of Carole in her fabulous scarf, and super mom of twins, Risa. Thank you Carole! I love, love the socks!