Monday, May 04, 2009

Kickin' It...

One of the greatest stresses before I left for my BIG trip to St. Louis was deciding on a sock pattern to start. I bet you think I'm kidding... but I seriously couldn't pack until a pattern was decided. I had two knew sock books to choose from (plus at least a dozen others on my shelf), but it had to be just the right pattern. I wanted something interesting but with a chart that would be fairly easy to memorize or at least follow.

Since, I had just finished a sock from Cookie's new book, I really wanted to try a sock from Wendy Johnson's new book Socks from the Toe Up. I finally decided on the Ribbed Ribbons Socks which turned out to be an excellent choice. I've even managed to finish one in spite of the amount of time I spent sleeping with my mouth hanging open on the airplane.

Wendy Knits

This sock is extra special because Wendy herself approached us while I was visiting with my friends in the lobby of the hotel hosting the Spring Fling. With impressive class and grace, I casually requested a photo shoot of the two of us and my sock. Unfortunately, I must've failed to upload the world's goofiest picture of me from my friend's camera to my flickr account so I am unable to share it with you all now. Awwww. But I can tell you she was very friendly and not at all put off when I lurched at approached her for a picture.

Anyway, here are a few other patterns I look forward to knitting from the same book:

Wendy Knits

Wendy Knits

Wendy Knits

In other news, my son's school has just been closed for a week due to a suspected case of swine flu. Extra quality time with a restless, house-bound teen. Oh boy.

ETA: World's goofiest photo of me with Wendy Johnson generously provided by Julie.


Tune in next time when I stalk Sheri from The Loopy Ewe. Sigh.


Chrisknits said...

Beautiful sock!

Good luck on the flu thing, hope it doesn't hit your house.

Laura said...

Gorgeous! I envy your ability to knit socks from the toe up - I've tried twice and did not like either pair, so I gave them away. But the patterns are always so lovely!

5elementknitr said...

Quality time with teens...
Good times. Goooood times.

That's so cool you got to meet Wendy! It sounds like a wonderful, much-needed trip!

km said...

A photo of a Wendy sock with Wendy. That's special...and I think you should be framing a small 4x6 of that to look at when life if feeling crazy.

Yikes...and extra restless teen in the house. When school closures started...I was just glad that we homeschool. I guess you can call it an extra week of spring break. Bring in more knitting.

Becky said...

Beautiful sock! I love Wendy's patterns. Someday soon, I hope to have enough extra cash laying around doing nothing that I can buy her book, and Cookie's too.

Charity said...

Awesome sock! Your post made me laugh - my hubby & I are off on our honeymoon next weekend, and all I'm worried about is what to knit while we travel? Socks, probably, but what yarn, which pattern???

Good Yarns said...

Wendy sure was funny and sweet. The photos are on their way thru email. enjoy.

Oh, and the sock looks great.

Lola said...

Nice sock! I was able to get that book yesterday and am looking forward to giving some of the patterns a tryout this summer.

mom said...

Would you please knit a bunch of those beautifully patterned socks TOO SMALL and send them to me?! LOL!

You are such an awesome knitter :-)

Tammy ~@~

Sarah said...

Her book is really beautiful- it's on my list!
I feel the pain of a bored teenager climbing the walls, mine was home one day this week and we were both ready for a vacation by 4pm!