Thursday, February 7, 2008


Happy Chinese New Year everyone. It is the Year of the Rat. Rat is associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities (seriously....that doesn't sound that good).

Well, on that note, I present to you my (not-yet completed) Chinese New year socks, in Dragon Dance from Sock Club.

After my initial frustrations with them, they are turning out quite nice. The short row heel is a huge improvement over my first short-row heel experience. I have no gaping holes and the wraps look, well, nice and neat. I am managing the knitting socks on 2 circs. The jury is still out as to how well I like it compared to my preferred method of DPNs, but I'm expanding my horizons.

I also got some good knitting-related birthday loot.

My husband has finally figured out this knitting thing isn't a passing fancy - check out the books.

I have been flipping through them a lot and deciding what I'll try and design first - socks or a sweater or a many possibilities.

And of course I can count on J. for some knitting goodness. She showered me with yarn and new socks (yeah!). I am very spoiled (but I think I deserve it).

Wishing you all the best this Chinese New Year brings....well at least heavy on the wealth and charm, and light on the pestilence.


J. said...

Happy New Rat, T.!

catknip said...

Happy New Rat! LOL

I love the socks and could Jeff please have a word with Dennis this weekend? V-Day is coming ....

Anonymous said...

I'm coveting your new books - you know that, right?

And the picture of the socks does not do them justice. In person they are much more red and I must say, amazing!


T. said...

I agree about the socks- it's so hard to take good pictures and get good color.

Arctic Knitter said...

Oh - a year of pestilence - yikes! Your socks are turning out fabulously! The stripes are perfect - well done!