Monday, July 14, 2008

Socksy Wangy

When dh was in Kenya for the Peace Corp, he had to do his laundry at the river by hand. He would lay out all his socks on the rocks to dry and his students would come by, shake their heads and say in a bewildered tone "socksy wangy" which in Swahili means "many socks." They don't generally wear socks and often don't even wear shoes so they were amused by this mzungu (whiteman) who spent so much time on his footwear.

So what would they think of me not only washing but making my own socks? Here are the aforementioned blue ones - It helped in terms of getting them done that I generally prefer shorter socks. They are sooooooooo comfy! I think they are Lorna's Laces. I think they might be a tad big although I carefully swatched.

And then I have toes - lovely well shaped toes using the provisional cast on method. Notice the matching stripes. I started out pretending that I didn't care if the stripes weren't lined up from one sock to the other, but I knew in my heart of hearts that it would bother me (like the princess and the pea) and that since I would be spending so much time making them and hopefully wearing them that it was worth losing an hour or so to do it right. I frogged the sock I'd started and launched off doing two at once - it was much, much easier to do the cast on the second time and not as hard as I expected to do both at the same time. I may like this method slightly better than the figure 8 cast one.
The week 5 question for sp12 is Where do you like to vacation (spend time?) Here is a picture of it - that's our little beach in Old Lyme Connecticut. It's a rocky patch of sand on the Long Island Sound that's rather nondescript but it's become one of my favorite places in the whole world. I've gone there every summer since I first started dating dh (well over a dozen years ago). At first we went to stay a few nights with his family who vacations there. Then when we had kids, we started renting our own cottage. Now in my mind its the place we go to get away from all the worries and rushing about that is our everyday life. It's a place where we slow down and just hang out together. We just got back and I miss it terribly already.
The other place I like to visit is Wisconsin, where I grew up and where my parents still live. I appreciate my home state so much more now than when I was growing up and feeling like all the action was happening anywhere else.
The second question was Where would you like to go? Paris. Of course I just went there, but that just confirmed what a great place it is and how much I would like to spend many, many more days there. After that, I'd like to go pretty much anywhere. I love to travel. I love to meet people. I love to explore.


Danielle said...

Lovely socks. I'm sure they'd think we're crazy, but that's alright with me! :)

Bobbi said...

I love your short socks! What pattern is that?