A day late

Events did not conspire to allow me proper blogging time yesterday, so I’m a day late wishing my little brother a happy birthday (Happy Birthday Dave!)

My brother Dave is just over three years younger than me, and is currently serving in the U.S. Army (82nd Airborne Division.) He’s a few months into a tour in Afghanistan, so I don’t hear from him much, but I was flattered when he requested a pair of handknit socks (army green, of course.) I know he reads the blog occasionally, so Dave, here are your socks so far:

(Don’t worry, bro’ – I’m a fast knitter; they should be in the mail to you by the end of the week.)

I started another sock this weekend, my first Pomatomus, which I won’t even link to, since I am certainly the last person in Knitblog Land to knit this pattern. EDIT: here is the link to the Pomatomus socks, and thanks to everyone who let me know I’m not alone… ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m using some of my hand dyed sock yarn; the pattern makes the most of its very uneven pooling tendencies.

When I first looked at this pattern, I thought it would be impossibly hard. It is easier than I’d expected, and surprisingly addictive.

We got a shot of a recent visitor to the yard. This fellow is commonly called a “button” moose, because of his teensy-cute little antler stubs. By next year he won’t be so “cute” and will likely have an admirable spread sprouting from his brow.

You can also see in the photo that spring is coming on fast, as everything previously frozen begins to melt. Ah, Mud Season, how I love thee…


12 thoughts on “A day late

  1. No worries – Like my mom (who I see commented above), I still haven’t gotten to that pattern yet, myself. It’s on my list, but… so many socks, so little time. ๐Ÿ™‚ They look lovely, though. I actually really like the way the colors pool in that particular pattern…

  2. Your socks are coming along so beautifully – I especially like the Pomatomus, it’s going to look really special in this most awesome colourway!What a beautiful moose! We don’t have them over here unfortunately, so it’s always great seeing them in their natural habitat!

  3. I’m the last person to hear about thaese socks, let alone knit these socks. They are cute and I might have to add them to my list of things to knit.

  4. Sorry, but I am at least in the running for last person to see this sock – you know, I live in a cave. I’d love the link. Mud season for us requires a 3/4mile trek out to the ‘real’road as our dirt road is impassable until – well, the mud dries. I tried mud pies, yard sculptures – but I gotta say – I’m not doing so well embracing the brown smut.

  5. Happy Birthday, Dave — no, you don’t know me, but I hope you enjoy your socks anyway. And add me to the list of Pomatomi procrastinators, please. I love the pooling pattern on yours…And, lastly, somehow it seems a bit odd to say “ooh, what a cute moose!”, so I guess I’ll limit myself to “ooh, what a cute picture of a moose!”

  6. Oy, how I need to cast on a second Pomatomus! Love that pattern. I’m really wanting a pair of Monkeys, and your Millicents make me drool – Cookie is undeniably a Sock Genius. You know, I’m still miffed that I spent four years in Maine and only saw the head of a moose swimming about 500 yards away. It barely counts. It didn’t have any antlers that I could see at that distance – either it was one of your “buttons” or it was a lady moose. Clearly I need to come to Alaska for the full moose experience.

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