Saturday, March 08, 2008

Skidding on Asphalt

I'm pretty good about knowing where I am in space. Sure, I rarely occasionally frequently bump into the corners of tables and desks and such, leaving bruises on my hips. But when it comes to staying on my feet, I'm rather talented. Or so I thought, until last night.

We met some friends at our favorite watering hole and due to the popularity of the place, I had to park farther away than usual. It was also raining, so I was a bit miffed as well (I got over it). While we were there, additional friends and acquaintances unexpectedly showed up; it was almost like old times. (Over the past several years, the patrons have shifted from local townsfolk to what we assume to be people from the massive subdivisions that are encroaching on our little town.) I started the evening with a pomegranate Cosmo and then had a glass of wine with a pot full of mussels (in a Thai curry coconut and ginger broth; very yummy). After dinner, we took our leave and headed home.

And that's when it happened.

I'm a fast walker. Unless I'm hiking, I like to get from point A to point B quickly. (This propensity for fast walking drives Tom crazy. He strolls. Unless we're hiking; then he puts his head down and wants to get from point A to point B quickly.) I was walking to my car at my usual fast pace when all of a sudden, one shoe flies off my foot, the other foot seems to stick to the ground, and the remainder of my body has a close encounter with the asphalt, which is wet from the recent rain. Fortunately, I fell in the gutter (no jokes!) because a car was coming up behind me just as I took the dive. I don't seem to be damaged beyond a few scrapes and the injury to my pride.

Feeling the Love
I started a new pair of socks for Tom using the Fortissima Socka pictured on the previous post. Several times, actually. I needed something easy to knit while I was waiting for the dreaded procedures to begin. (They went well, by the way.) I'm using the generic toe-up sock from Wendy Knits, modified to account for Tom's larger foot. I love this sock dearly. When I'm not knitting it, I want to be. When I am knitting it, I don't want to stop (so ripping it back a couple of times because I knit the short rows inside out wasn't a problem). I'm entranced with the way the yarn is self-patterning. And I love the slightly worn look of the yarn. I don't like its splittiness, but I can live with it, because everything else about it is so perfect. It even smells vaguely sheep-like.

Here is the object of my affection:

The other side has maroon and red stripes. Unfortunately, the camera batteries decided to give up the ghost as I was photographing the sock. You'll just have to imagine it.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to knit the sock.


KSee said...

Wonder if the black and blue shows up later. Have Wendy's pattern saved for future use. Not tried the toe up yes. If you check my flickr link or Raverly FO you will see my Red White & Blue socks made with this yarn. It was the first time I tried self patterning yarn and was amazed at how it would work.

Sheepish Annie said...

Holy cow! That sounds like quite the tumble. Isn't it nice how those sorts of things always seem to happen in public places? Very convenient...

I'm glad you have the sock to use as a distraction. It's a beauty!!!

Petra said...

DANG! Glad you made it into the gutter!!! I am amazed that you only suffered a few scrapes. WOW.
Loving that sock yarn. It is pretty the way it is working up.

PurlingPirate said...

Sorry to hear about your tumble!!! Thank goodness you have that beautiful sock to help soothe the ego.

Chris said...

Ooooh, I'm glad you didn't fall on your head or something!

Also? I thought my Hub and I were the only ones on the planet who have opposite walking/hiking strategies . . . when I'm hiking, I'm going SLOW, looking at all the plants and birds and rocks and snakes, while B speeds on through, and when we're walking around in, say, Target (yesterday), I had to slow up several times because he was walking so slow he was almost going backwards! :D