You May Be Right

I may be crazy. Reference

So yesterday, I was in Columbia at lunchtime and stop at the cafe in Borders to get a sandwich for lunch. Who is there? Some of the ladies from the Meetup! (I am working under the assumption that they had actually gone home Wednesday night and came back on Monday. I don’t think Border’s allows them to live there. Though you never know, the ladies could have brought a change of clothes with them.)

What was the first thing they talk to me about? My last blog entry.

“You sound like you are having an argument with yourself over whether it is your design. Which side of you won?”

Well, as I have said to many of you, I have compromised and am now saying that the sweater design is a collaboration between me and Ann Budd. A collaboration of which Ann Budd is totally unaware!

I blame this whole thing on me being a detail-oriented person. It is great for a vast portion of my work as an engineer, as well as my fiber crafts, as it will help make a better end product. In the case of these philosophical things, I can get so caught up in looking at all of the trees, that I lose sight of the forest. There is a whole blog post on what is art and being called an artist (a functional artist, at that) that I have been playing around with for close to a year, if that gives you any clearer indication of what I mean.

In any case, I ate my sandwich; and they knitted along. I did learn that, in general, a person’s forearm is the same length as his or her foot, so you can measure your sock against your forearm to see if you have knit the foot of your sock long enough before turning the heel (on a toe up sock) or knitting the toe (on a cuff down sock.) That bit of information would have been helpful when I was knitting the first of these socks.

Completed Opal Handpainted socks

I finished the cross-stitch block socks in Opal Handpainted this weekend. They are too small for my feet, as I turned the heel on the first sock too soon, so they are going to be a gift for my father, who has a smaller shoe size than I.

I do love the stitch pattern that I used for these socks. The shape that the stitches take reminds me of those cathedral window quilts. I am always amazed by those quilts.

One other little tidbit I found out yesterday: I am going to be teaching a toe up sock class. When and where this is going to happen? I do not know. But hey, I will give it a go; and hopefully someone will get something out of it.


7 responses to “You May Be Right”

  1. Love the socks – is that your pattern?

  2. Oh, yeah, I just had to explain to my husband why I’m holding my foot against my forearm… (it was close)

  3. That’s an interesting way to measure. I’ve always gone by the distance around your fist is the length of your foot. I saw some people doing this in a store once and asked them why they were wrapping the socks around their fists. It’s pretty accurate.

  4. How fortunate for your father that he will be wearing these lovely socks. Will you be making yourself a larger pair? I was doubting your forearm/foot lenght correlation, but it appears I thought my feet were smaller than they actually are. Thank you for the helpful hint! Please keep us posted about your sock class.

  5. So sorry to hear that those socks were too small for you, but how fortunate for your father! I did the same thing once and my mother became the fortunate recipient. How funny that our parents both ended up with our blips. 🙂

    Congratulations on graduating to teacher status! Can’t wait to hear about how it goes!

  6. Oooh, I do so love cathedral windows. Someday, perhaps when I’ve retired, I shall make me one.

    And the foot-to-forearm thing works for me. I learned it several years ago. It helps explain why my arms are so damned long proportional to my height. They had to be to match my big feet.

  7. Haven’t you guys seen ‘Pretty Woman?’ That’s one of Julia’s lines when she’s riding in the Lotus (your foot vs. forearm measurement, I mean). I did find a crochet sock pattern yesterday, so maybe I’ll give the sock thing a go while I’m still perfecting my garter stitch.