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.
ON THE NEEDLES
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?"