And They Arrived

(This is a copied post from my own blog found at However it is a clean language posting. I just wanted to show off a bit but was to lazy to re-write a new post.)

Which knowing I'm speaking of socks isn't a big deal, but if you knew me and how my name seems to open a wormhole in the postal service sorting systems that sucks my handmade gifts into another alternate universe (or this is where I assume the end up since the intended person never sees the item), this actually borders on a small miracle. Usually I package up items and have Bob take it to the post office, but this week he had a hectic schedule and I took Betsy's socks that I have kept a blog secret to the post office for shipping myself.

That's right, a blog secret because I didn't want her to know I was knitting them and I know she actually reads my blog. But now that the have arrived and she has furnished me with pictures, I can share.

Betsy has a blog of her own that you can find here. I always love reading it to not only catch up with her but to be in on things back home. Especially on winters such as these her pictures make me a bit homesick for ski trails and actual snow fall. That's right, Anchorages meager snow this year is still more than ours. She is a wonderful photographer and I encourage anyone interested to wander that way and peruse her photos.

This Christmas she also got a scarf from me that made me think of our kayaking days. This was my favorite self portrait she did because I can see she's trying not to smile or laugh at herself. I have to agree with her though that wrapping it over her head I want to call her Babushka. Wear it around your neck Bets.

This was Romi Hills Alcyone Shawlette. It is supposed to be reminiscent of the surf with the garter stitch edge being the beach, the initial lace motif waves rushing ashore and the body being bubbles that froth the surf. I added some small brass beads to the edge and it made me think of driftwood and the other treasures you sometimes find on our beaches back home in Alaska. Sometimes you can still find the old Japanese glass bubble net floats.

Well, I need to finish prepping for my "Mistakes, Mishaps, and Oh Craps" knitting class I'm teaching at the Blooming Needle Yarn Shop today. I have a lot to cover in two hours. Fingers crossed. If all goes well I was thinking about posting my handout here to share.

Have a great day and don't fill up on to much junk food while enjoying the game guys,


CLABBERS's picture

Beautiful work, Quinton!
Having just recently lost the war with sock yarn and a hat I was making, I have come to respect sock makers even more. I really like your work, but you know that. I like your color choices and the excellent stitch work you do. The shawlette is beautiful! Such delicate work. I am not brave enough to try that sort of thing yet, unless I put in a million lifelines! And even then I don't attempt it.
Thanks for sharing.

AKQGuy's picture

Don't let lace intimidate you. It's only purposeful hole making after all. Thank you for the compliments. As for sock knitting the biggest piece of advice I can give is for your first ones pick a bright yarn color and always make sure your needles contrast with the yarn, not blend.

ronhuber's picture

Great socks. Glad they made it through the postal system.

AKQGuy's picture

Whew, so am I. You have no idea the troubles I've had. Thanks for the compliment, I'm glad she likes them and they fit.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great reading, Q. Hope the class went well...I almost stopped in but was behind schedule and had to prepare for the Super Bowl party at friends. I actually sat and watched the game; not even knitting during it. [However, I am not going to switch allegiance and start a habit of it. Football, that is.] See you later.

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