A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

April 30, 2006

The Last Detail

I consider myself a thoughtful gift giver. I choose gifts carefully and never give generic presents. However, I suck at gift wrapping. Nowadays as I slap paper over a present and shake my head at what a mess I'm making I hope that the recipient will assume that the boys were "helping" me with the wrapping. My last two sock pal socks were unceremoniously stuffed into a mailing envelope and sent off. Ditto for Secret Pal gifts. Stuff and send. I thought this round I would try to be more thoughtful in my presentation.

Here you can see my sock trying to escape from a gusseted envelope made from some very pretty handmade embossed paper. I added some tiny square eyelets and tied it shut with some of the leftover sock yarn.

Early this morning I headed to Sea-Tac (ick) to go to the Seattle Knitting Expo. Things were awfully quiet there and the vendors didn't seem too happy. There were some great vendors there but the space was badly arranged and things felt disjointed and awkward. I made several passes. Eventually I picked up these two skeins of naturally dyed alpaca/wool blend. They were a real steal.

I'm very happy with them.

Then I went to Kaci and Tina's booth. They were the stars of the show with their great colors and textures. They have five new spring colors of Socks That Rock. I got two.


Chapman Springs

I was commenting to a co-worker that I had thought this would be my year for socks but so far I think I've only finished my sock pal socks and two pairs of teeny baby socks. In fact, I don't feel like I've finished much of anything so far this year. My Olympic project is still far from complete. Durrow is a wash out. (Thanks for the condolences. I'm not sad about it at all. It was the wrong sweater for Wes but I tried to ignore that because I thought it would be fun to knit. And it was fun to knit. And now I'll rip it out and make a sweater Wes will actually wear.) Hopefully finishing the afghan (68 squares done) will feel like such an enormous accomplishment that it will eradicate any feeling of inadequacy.