Friday, March 24, 2006


My digital camera has been missing for a week now -- I finally found where I left it, but I have not been able to pick it up yet. So today's post will have to rely on description and links rather than photos.

I'm feeling much better today -- I actually had half of a solid meal at dinner last night, and feel quite like myself today. Thank you to the person who so thougthfully wished me a speedy recovery.

the many things i'm complaining about today

I finished the ribbed socks from Sensational Knitted Socks, and they are really great looking. Since I finished one pair of socks, and socks are so incredibly addictive, I immediately started another pair -- this time the Moc Croc Sock pattern. (The pattern is free for download.) I am knitting this pair from KnitPicks Essentials in Ash.

I have some reservations about these socks. I really, really like the way this yarn knits up. It looks and feels beautiful. But it is very, very twisty, and it twists up on itself a lot, which slows me down. I also am worried that they aren't going to be large enough. The guage in stockinette is right, but the socks seem awfully small in the pattern stitch. And I made the larger size!

I also am not enjoying the needles for this pair of socks. I bought the shorter, 5" Brittany dpns (size 1) instead of the 7.5" needles because my LYS was out of the 7.5". I feel like I'm knitting on toothpicks. My manly hands are just too fat for to use these needles comfortably -- though I do like how well they fit into my GoKnit bag. (I really, really like my GoKnit bag. But, since I'm complaining today, I wish it came in black! I mean, hello! Hasn't anyone in the company hear the phrase "basic black" before?)


My brother Mark sent me this joke, which had me laughing so hard I think I may have wet myself just a little:

A man is lying in bed in hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult, four hour, surgical procedure.

A young student nurse arrives, to give him a partial sponge bath.

"Nurse", he mumbles, from behind the mask. "Are my testicles black?"

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know sir, I'm only here to wash your upper body and feet."

He struggles to ask again, "Nurse, are my testicles black?"

Concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his willy in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around. Then, she takes a close look and says, "There's nothing wrong with them sir.

"The man pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her and says very slowly,

"Thank you very much. That was wonderful, but, listen very, very closely...

"A r e - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s - b a c k?"


Anonymous said...

yea - I am #1 (but I already know that)!

I am on my lunch break at my office; I just read your joke and my co-workers are wondering why I am laughing so hard. I damn near spit hot tomato soup at my computer monitor!

glad to hear you are feeling better; have a nice weekend.

anne marie in philly

Ted said...

Thanks for posting this Aiden. I'd not seen the Moc Croc, and like it. In fact, I've got a half-worked sock that I'm going to rip and use the yarn for this pattern.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - you just cheered up my old man who is awaiting prostate surgery tomorrow,here in England.

Sarah said...

I'll make you a black bag if you want. I can get some fabric the next time I am at the fabric store.

Just a thought...can't guarantee when I will get it done but I would be happy to make you one.

Aidan said...

Sarah -- aren't you sweet as sugar! I don't ever want people to put themselves out for little old me. I'm not worthy.

But thank you for the offer -- it really warmed my heart.

Sarah said...

Aidan......please....knit bloggers do nice things for other's all the time!

I sew bags from time to time and even have a pattern on my blog, in case you are a closet sewer.