June 4, 2007
Dear Secret Sock Pal,
I'm so terribly bad at Christmas. When I was 5, I spent hours in front of the santa-clad square box under the tree, hoping and wondering--would it please be a Lite Bright? I could tear just a little corner here, and maybe I'd know. A little shake might give away the clitter clatter of the little pegs jostling each other in their plastic packaging. Would Christmas ever come?! My cousins, who were staying with us briefly while their parents relocated the family to Iceland, told me Santa lives in Iceland and if I didn't leave that package alone right now, they would personally tell Santa and his reindeer not to stop by my house. All I can say is that it's a good thing they never noticed that little tear in the wrapping paper.
Things have not improved since I've gotten older. C, my loving spouse of 14 years today (yep, it's our anniversary), knows I'm not good with surprises. Instead of buying each other gifts, we usually decide on one gift together. This year's anniversary present: a very nice, stainless steel garbage can for the kitchen. We're hoping the dogs won't knock it over. And yes, we have a weird sense of romance.
You can guess that by now I'm DYING to know if you've started my socks. I'm wondering what color they might be (if they've been started, that is). Will they be toe up socks? Are they on two circulars, a technique I thought I might want to learn but maybe have reconsidered. I look at the Pligg, and wonder which blog is yours, or if you have a blog at all. When I get my socks in August, will I have seen them on your blog and not known that they were for me? Or, will they have somehow escaped my notice?
I confess I'm still a little worried about having to pin down one pattern and one yarn for my sock pal, the one I'm knitting for. I wonder if you are like that, too (I've noticed I'm not alone in this obsession about the right yarn, the right pattern...). Do you know that I like patterns by Cookie A.? (But I have somewhat thick feet--and a little wide, I think, so it may be better if I make my own Cookie A. socks) Do you know that I'd be thrilled with a plain ol' stockinette sock or in ribbing? Really. I would.
I wish I knew those things about my sock pal, the one I'm knitting for. She doesn't blog much, and I hesitate to ask to many questions via email. So, I'm probably gonna make two pairs of socks and send her the ones I like the best.
I know my own sock pal has NOT read my blog, because I am (not surprisingly) obsessed with my SITE METER. But, sock pal whose knitting socks for me, I think you might stop by the blog once in awhile. So this post is for you, to know that while I'm making socks for someone else, I'm thinking about you, too. Wondering where you are, what kind of socks you're knitting, and counting the days til Christmas in August.
Curious in Minnesota
Posted by chri1010 at June 4, 2007 10:19 PM | Because knitting rocks my socks!
I thought I would make a return visit to you and thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. This is a great post. I have had all of the same thoughts. I have an anonymous email addy that I use so that I can contact my Pal and let her know for sure that someone out there is perseverating over sock yarn and pattern on her behalf. This time around I haven't heard from my sock pal. I trust and believe in knitters, but it sure would be nice to know she's thinking of me.
Posted by: Gina at June 4, 2007 11:48 PM
Your post awakened so many memories of Christmases past. I remember seeing packages hidden in the top of the closet and being distraught because I had been "bad" until someone explained to me that it was OK as long as I hadn't seen what was actually IN the packages.
And I'm with you - just plain ol' stockinette socks would be fine. The neat thing is that someone made them for you. I hope (and trust) that your sock pal is reading.
Posted by: YTT at June 5, 2007 8:17 AM
Hello from a fellow Minneapolis knitter(West burbs). Found you on the Knit Pligg!
Posted by: Karen at June 5, 2007 9:28 AM
This is great! I always liked the surprise of Christmas, which is why whenever my husband asks me what I want for my birthday (or Christmas, or our anniversary) I say a "nap." I like the anticipation that fills the air, though it might be too much to handle closer to August.
Posted by: Seanna Lea at June 5, 2007 2:14 PM
Hello Sock Pal,
I do check your blog and I have read your old blogs. Congratulations on your 14th Anniversary!!! My husband and I do weird gifts exchange also and we always kid each other about being an old married couple because we have given up surprising each other.
As for information about your socks, I guess I will tell you a little bit about it. (Just kidding) You are going to have to wait until August to find out what pattern and yarn I used, but I did decide on a pattern and have started on it after frogging it once.
Posted by: Sockpal at June 7, 2007 5:00 PM
I'm with you; I'd be happy with a plain sock because someone made it for me. I make so many socks and other things for other people but rarely have it reciprocated. I loved the post and Happy Anniversary!
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