13 January 2008

Seasonally inappropriate activities

I promise I won’t go on about the heat much longer.

cooling

Greyhounds do sensible things when it’s hot. They stroll down to the river and cool their heels. Smart creatures.

chenille scarf

Other, more deluded souls, knit scarves.

socks for Son #1

And socks.

socks for Son #1

Woolly wintry socks for their children.

socks for Son #1

Who make appreciative noises and even model them graciously, despite it being a blisteringly hot day. (He’s the eldest; he strives to please). Note I didn’t model my scarf. I’m the parent and don’t need to please anyone.

Holeproof. Ha.

This is why I knit socks for my boys. Because bought ones don’t work. Can you see the brand emblazoned boldly across what remains of the bottom of these socks?

Holeproof.

They’re less than six months old.

Vital statistics (not of the crappy Holeproof socks):
Scarf: knitted in a simple garter stitch from chenille cotton yarn, blogged about here. Cath, have you knitted up your chenille yet?
Socks: 2.25mm dpns, using the very basic Opal Sock Pattern. The yarn however is Lincraft sock yarn.


Oh yeah, that hot day on which I finished both the socks and scarf? I also made two litres of the world’s greatest chicken stock (says she, modestly). Because there’s nothing quite like a huge pot simmering away for hours on a summer’s day, is there?

31 comments:

Ali said...

You ought to send that photo to the Holeproof corporation. And use your refund to buy sock yarn!

tut-tut said...

Are you hankering for wintery weather? Seems like a trip to the other side of the equator might help you!

Dawn said...

I love the socks. This is why I need to learn to knit. I keep hoping that by visiting creative and crafty blogs like yours, I'll get some motivation to just go for it. :)

Frogdancer said...

If it makes you feel better, you're not the only one waving their knitting needles around during summer. I'm still stoically plugging away at the biggest afghan in the history of the world. It's almost as tall as I am, and each row takes 7.5 minutes to complete. Yesterday I sat and knitted for nearly 3 hours and.... I got to start the last ball!!!

I'll have that sucker finished by the end of the holidays, or my name isn't Frogdancer. Well, it isn't... but you know what I mean. I have socks and jumpers that I'm champing at the bit to get started on. So you're not alone....

Jodie said...

Dear Suse, knitting like it's winter and cooking like it's winter simply will not make it winter.....if it did I'd even learn to knit to bring it on - This heat is .........indescribable.

meggie said...

Lovely, lovely.
But the mere thought of yarn makes my hands sweat even harder!!

luv Abby said...

ohhhh I am right there with you.... it is 40+ degree's here everyday and I find myself insanely drawn to my kniting and crocheting.... go figure... lol
luv Abby

Annette said...

I really need to learn to knit. I just had to spend $15 on socks for my eight-year-old AGAIN because he wore through his old ones.

flygirl said...

heheh..very nice work. like you and many other commenters, I'm curiously drawn to my knitting (is it the relaxed holiday mode that summer induces?) at the moment. Just finished my first scarf, only two more scarves, a shawl and a blanket to go.

Poppy & Mei said...

You're crazy...I love it. Xxx

K said...

Well, it doesn't sound too bad to those of us knitting with fingers rapidly seizing up from the cold...

No, actually I think your dog sounds very sensible. But the socks are lovely.

Marg said...

They look like my son's socks! I don't know what he does to them to get them that way!

elena jane said...

i love a bit of summertime, esp when it's wintry cold in my part of the world!! :)
and lol @ the holeproof socks. do they have a guarantee??
and i found someone nearby to remind me how to knit and crochet. i am SO happy :)

Stomper Girl said...

Call a doctor. The heatstroke has affected your brain.

peppermintpatcher said...

Hello, Suse. I read on BMMary's blog that you often visit me, but cannot comment. I apologise for my poorly behaved blog and solemnly assure you that you are very welcome there.

My son is 13 and frequently wears through his socks using them to slide in the hallways! Handknitted is very wise, but I lack the talent for it...

eclair said...

The socks are lovely but I'd be worried that the handknit ones will wear through just as quickly, if not quicker, than the bought ones?

My gruesome teenager goes through half a dozen pairs of socks every couple of months. I have no idea what he does to them, either he takes a cheese grater to his socks or his feet sweat acid (ewww!) because they seem to disintegrate on contact!

It's hot here too but I've been knitting in comfort thanks to the new air conditioner. Bliss.

fiveandtwo said...

Bugger the socks! I am admiring the dog. What a handsome fellow. Yes, greyhounds are sensible creatures. But mine freaks out and runs to the shed when a ceiling fan is turned on. That is not sensible.

Elizabeth said...

Ah summer.
I have a link for your darlin' :
http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/free/myriad-mushrooms/
I have no idea if they will stand up!
Now I'd better go take a gratuitous photo or two of the snow falling outside to cool you down.

Louise said...

I love the socks but as I don't wear them ever I can't bring myself to have a go at making any. Love your scarf - it's such a beautiful colour. I think knitting now is smart as you will be well prepared for winter instead of finishing everything in time for Spring!

judi said...

What a great photo to send to holeproof -or their competitors!!!
ar the very least they should send you a few replacement pairs...
it is true...socks don't last like they used to.
love your socks and your dog!

h&b said...

MmMmmm- that river.

And firstborns.
I'm worried about the temperment of this next child. As a firstborn myself, I relate to my son's goodness and wanting to please his mother.

And I remember my sister.
The one that carried a trident...

Jodie said...

Pssst, I've passed on a little bloggy award to you.

Isabelle said...

Goodness, I haven't visited for a few days and have been so entertained by your last few posts (and all the rest, of course). I love the apple cover! Never knew I needed one but I do now.

Heat? What heat? I had to scrape ice off the windscreen this morning.

Suzi said...

Happy New Year ,those socks are great.I'm amazed you can do anything on those hot days.I am so over the heat but have a feeling there's a few days of torture more coming.BTW the flycatcher you asked about on another blog is available at hardware stores .It uses a natural lure and really works well in areas where you sit outside.This year is a really bad fly season I think.

kirsty said...

Hey, the Lincraft yarn is great - super colours! Holeproof has always been a big joke in our house....Dad has always worn major holes in all his socks!

sue said...

Ooh your dog seems to have the right idea. The scarf looks very pretty, and I hope the handknit socks last longer than the holeproof ones.

fifi said...

hello miss pea,
yes I am in your learnin-place, I will be there tomorrow, free at morning tea or thereabouts, for if you are going to be doing some book learning there yourself.
thank you for arranging the airconditioning
(...although I did get heatstroke this afternoon in the Myer centre listening to Homi Bhabha, with 600 people and no air.)

If you are near the Old arts building you could text me? ring me? whatever me? we could have take out coffee in the courtyard!
whee!

0408861399.

Hoola Tallulah said...

LOL those hole proof socks are too funny, and your socks are adorable, I want some!
Love this too "I'm the parent I don't need to please anyone" this really made me chuckle, love your blog, and have linked u on mine ;)
Tallulah <3

zoesquid said...

What a stunning photo of your dog in the river. Cant say I've ever been a fan of holeproof myself. Now I know why!

manda said...

i hope you got some of the four inches of rain that we got last night :-) now hopefully the heat has been scared away . holeproof..funnny.

knittingiris said...

Oh, gosh, I hate to laugh, but this is just so funny! Your pic is WAAAAY better than mine. You definitely need to send that one off to the company.
For some reason, your "Holeproof" brand reminded me of the brand name of the backpack my husband carries onto the plane when we're travelling lightly. "Bombproof" is stitched onto the top of the flap that clips down over the top of the backpack. Obviously, it's manufactured pre 9/11. I never seem to remember or notice it, either, until we're standing there putting our bags onto the conveyer belt at the airport security check, and then I have to remember to keep my mouth shut and hope they don't see it.
I suppose it could cause a bit of an uproar. Must try to remember to sew a patch over it before we travel next.