I’m Bored To Death By These Socks


That’s my latest favorite picture of Riley. The box sits by our front door, and Alan the UPS man leaves packages there if we’re not home when he comes around. He also carries Costco dog bones in his truck, which explains why Riley just loves him. She hears his truck about 3 blocks away, and goes bonkers until we open the door. Then she gallops out of the house and gets in the truck with him.

Every time she goes by that box, she gives it a sniff, then looks at us as if to say, “just open it, I’m sure there’s a bone in there.” Of course, every time I go by that box, I open the lid, just to make sure that somebody didn’t leave me any yarn when I wasn’t looking. At least I don’t go out and jump in the UPS truck when he drives up.

Here’s what I’m knitting today.


I just need those socks to be done, now. I’m sick of two-color sock knitting, enough so that I’d consider getting rid of a few toes on one foot so they’d fit. I have about 15-20 pattern rows left, then the toe decreases, then I will be done with them. To make matters worse, I know that I won’t be able to wear them until fall, since they are way too heavy for summer socks. I have been so tempted to cast on for a different pair, but I know myself too well. If I do, these will be relegated to the “never finished” pile. I don’t actually have a “never finished” pile, and I don’t want to start now. So I might line up about ten hours of Law & Order or JAG reruns, and knit all night to finish them. JAG makes especially good knitting television. All the plots are the same, so you don’t really miss anything if you are paying attention to the knitting.

The next picture shows my latest knitting related purchase.


This is probably an example of why I shouldn’t be allowed to have an internet connection and a credit card at the same time. Susan mentioned this tape on her blog a few weeks ago, and of course, I had to have it. I really did not need to buy it in every color, and in all three widths, but there you have it. There is enough highlighter tape to highlight chart rows for the rest of my life right there. I bought it here, if you are interested. Though I’m not sure they have any left. Here’s an action shot:


I’m off to finish those socks.

For those of you who comment, I added “comment verification” to the blog. I hate this, as it’s a pain in the ass, but I’ve gotten a bunch of spam comments lately. So blame “cellphone Sam” and others like him for this.


I’m Bored To Death By These Socks — 17 Comments

  1. That highlightintg tape is the coolest! I’ve never seen such a thing…. I probably must have some.
    You’re knitting lace in a foreign language? I’m impressed!

  2. I love the socks. You are so close to the end, so stick with it and think how happy you’ll be to put that last stitch off the needles. I hadn’t seen the highlight tape before – what a good idea.

  3. Those socks are so pretty. One of these days I’ll try two color socks, but who knows when I’ll finish.
    The highlighter tape is a great idea. Hopefully, I’ll see some at an office supply store soon.

  4. Those socks are beautiful! You’re almost there!!! I’ll have to look in your archives to find out what the pattern is. I haven’t done two-color knitting yet, but I think socks would be a good place to start. I think I’ll look up that highlighter tape too! I’d definitely have to keep it away from my kids. I see you’re reading the Belgariad. What do you think? I remember I liked it, but it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read it. Guess I’ll have to read it again!

  5. You can close back posts to eliminate spam. The socks will be worth it in the end. They are beautiful. Thanks for the link to the tape! I’ve been wanting some, too.

  6. Love the socks! I’m sure you will love the new socks once you survive the two color knitting!
    Love the UPS story too! And how do we know you’re not jumping in the UPS truck for yarn? =)

  7. Remember that book, The Little Engine That Could? When it comes to those socks, just keep tellling yourself “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” Then “I knew I could. I knew I could. I knew I could.” I’d watch Law and Order if I were you.

  8. The socks are really cute though…it will all be worth it in the end.
    So, do you move the highlighting tape as you change rows?? I’m trying to figure out the application. Is it sticky like a post-it is sticky, or like scotch tape is sticky? One would be handy, the other a PItA.

  9. My Project Spectrum pal sent me some highlighter type and I love it! I was using highlighters on my charts, but if I had more than one repeat of a chart I had to make multiple copies. Plus, I was always a little freaked that the cap might come off and disaster would strike. The tape is great!

  10. Just put on the tellie and do it. It’ll feel so good when you are done.
    Is the tape movable for each row? What a great idea!

  11. Highlighting tape…who’d have thunk? ๐Ÿ™‚ I just use a highlighter. And I have yet to knit lace in a foreign language. I’m going to watch you progress and decide if I want to do that some day! Oh, and the socks look great, even if you are bored by them.

  12. I do love the mental image of you running out and jumping in the UPS truck. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I covet your highlighting tape – I read Susan’s post and then spaced it out, alas, since it seems you’ve purchased the world’s supply…

  13. The socks are so gorgeous, it will be so worth it in the end!
    I tried to buy some of that tape when Susan posted about it too. I see why it was sold out even then…YOU have it sll ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Oh now that is some neat stuff. I may have to look into that too, hmmm, I wonder if they sell anything like that at an office supply store. Hmmm.