Sunday, February 05, 2006

Spheres And Socks

So, I finally got my act together and stitched Spherey's limbs onto his round little body. This is a gift for a yet-to-be-born baby who's expected to arrive in about three weeks. It's weird -- from the photos in Jess's booklet I always thought Spherey was a little octopus with only four legs, but he actually has two short arms and two long legs. I suppose I could have knitted four legs and gone octo style, but I'm a stickler for sticking to patterns. Either way, I'm sure the baby will love him, once she's old enough to see straight.

And here's the obligatory half finished sock on foot picture. I understand why people find sock knitting so addictive -- the construction is like magic. I'm also understanding why so many of you out there are obsessed with the Jaywalkers -- it's an easy but pretty and satisfying stitch pattern. I know I'm not going to be able to put this sock down until it's finished, but I promise I'll finish my FEFI before casting on sock #2. Of course, I'll probably fall prey to the curse of only-finishing-one-sock syndrome, but we'll see how it goes.

Other than knitting, I've been completely obsessed with Townes Van Zandt this weekend. Last night the Documentary network aired a newish doc called Be There To Love Me about him, and we're watching it for a second time tonight (bless specialty cable networks and their tendency to re-run shows into the ground). Like most people, I pretty much only knew Townes for writing the Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard duet "Poncho And Lefty" and for being an unsung (and very troubled) songwriting genius. After watching the doc for the first time, Aaron and I have been listening to his music all day and I've wept more than a few times. Sigh.


yahaira said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving some compliments. Those are always appreciated! ;)

Have fun with the jaywalkers!

carrie said...

i love that spherey!!! so cute. i started making one, but mine is not very round and therefore slightly embarrassing.

Erin said...

My husband is a big TVZ fan, so I know what you mean about his music. Check out "Heartworn Highways" if you can find it... that's my favorite of the Townes movies.

mamaloo said...

Sean cried, too. I however, didn't watch it. There were other things I needed to do at that time and I wasn't interested enough to re-prioritize.

Spherey is gorgeous! I Had thought s/he was an octopus, too (or, I guess, a quatropus!). But, I thinkk it's even cooler as a anthropomorphic thingy-ma-bob.