Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Knitters Are Knice!

In terms of how I think people should "be" on this planet, my expectations are pretty simple, really. I don't believe that anyone out there has an inherent responsibility towards making my day all sunshine 'n rainbows. The extra mile is not required. I'll just take the basics.

If you happen to be the one who makes it to the line ahead of my frozen pizza laden grocery cart, the spot is yours. You don't owe me a "cut." It's nice when you do it...but you don't have to. If you are behind me and there happens to be some computer-related breakdown during the check-out process I will fully understand your need to express your frustration. Don't misplace it, though. Much as I think it might be fun to sneak into grocery stores under cover of darkness and mess with bar codes, I have neither the spare time nor the know-how to really pull this off. Be mad at the computer.

In the event that I must make a left hand turn across traffic I'm perfectly OK if you don't choose to let me in. You have places to go as well. I can wait. If you do let me in then I will be sure to throw you the "courtesy wave." It's just what one does.

You don't have to hold a door for me or offer to carry a bag. I'm good. But, I'll sure be grateful should you decide to do it.

I really just expect that you will do the most basic of things to keep society running in a smooth and orderly manner. I do not need to be coddled or nuthin'.

But, there is kindness out there. There are those who will see a situation and decide to offer a solution...or solace. There are those among you, oh knitterly folk, who cannot bear the thought of a sock knitter in distress. People like Susie...

Upon seeing a pile of frogged sock yarn puddled between my Sheepie footsies in a recent angst-filled post, she immediately offered a replacement for this cheap and ill-tempered fiber. As Susie is one of the most talented dyers I have wandered across in my bloggy travels, I opted to take her up on her offer. I've been off socks since "the incident."



I'm back on!
The picture, thanks to this gray sort of day, does not really do it justice. The colors are all (and I do mean all) deep, rich and perfectly coordinated with my Fall/Winter wardrobe. The fiber is a Superwash Kona Merino and so soft that I just want to love it, pet it and call it, "George." It is also fine enough that I think, for once, I will have a true fit for my narrow foot once this is knit up. And they will be sooooooft!
The Sheep is at the tail end of a month long living-without-a-paycheck cycle and has been on a forced yarn diet. (also a name brand coffee, meat and mortgage diet, for that matter) But that will end soon and I assure you, I will be purchasing more of this sock yarn. I've posted a link in my sidebar to Susie's Etsy Shop and encourage you to browse. If you happen to be gearing up to holiday shop for the knitters in your life, this is a good stop. The sweet little charm on the skein alone would make this a gift any knitter would savor!
But you aren't getting this one...I'll probably be sleeping with it under my pillow.
SA

14 comments:

Sheila said...

Pretty yarn.
I don't know how you do it...I've been volunteering all week at the school, with only a bit of contact with students (library and health office), and I'm exhausted. I can't imagine teaching all day. I guess I'm out of working practice! I've always appreciated teachers, but I do even more so after these last few weeks of "working".

Kate said...

I will love it and pet it and call it George! I LOVe IT! You make me laugh nearly every day. Wow in your sidebar, I've never made it into your sidebar and I think we were separated at birth. I think we need to make frozen pizza and knit!

trek said...

Very cool yarn. Are you going to order another and call it "Fred"?

Teri S. said...

What you talk about is what I learned as "common courtesy." I'm not sure that most people remember that phrase anymore. When you extend those courtesies that you mentioned to others, doesn't it make you (and them) feel good? And that certainly makes up for any delay you might experience.

That's a great replacement for the ill-tempered fiber. I'll have to wander on over to Susie's and check it out. Welcome back to socks!

Beth said...

Your new yarn is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful yarn! Kindness goes a long way and knitters are very kind.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Julie said...

Yummy Yarn! Glad you're getting back on the sock bandwagon.

Aren't knitters the nicest bunch?! I've certainly found that to be true (in most cases)

G said...

Great post Sheep and I can relate. My blog buds have been amazing, so much help, support and encouragement coming my way via cyberspace, since I started Veggies... a few months ago. You are a lucky girl, getting the sock replacement yarn in such a special way. Speaking of socks, I just posted about my very FIRST pair!

Huggs, G

Cathy said...

Too cool! And I am NOT looking at the sidebar. I am crocheting up my stash. When it is under control... I know exactly where to go. Oh yes, the socks I made of the yarn you fought with are great for slippers - too heavy really for in-shoes.

April said...

Errr ... I'm sending out my Christmas cards early this year, could I please have your address (again)? Sakkasie@hotmail.com

Gracias.

That's a good idea naming your sock yarn. If you had a particularly vile ex-boyfriend you could name the yarn after him, knit it up and then walk all over him. HAHAHA. I kill myself sometimes.

Bobbi said...

Great yarn, can't wait to see the socks. Thanks for sharing some happy news, I definitely needed it today.

Lazuli said...

Aww, what a nice post! And what lovely yarn!

Mia said...

Sweet, sweet George ::laughing:: Good for you girl.. knit on!

Oh, and an amen for the "nice" people out there as well.. just ONE of them can make up for a whole lotta the others...

Mia said...

or is the name such so that when the socks are knit.. you can calll them ..


George-ous!

::laughing my ass off:: sometimes I crack MYSELF up *grin*