Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Before I start preaching about frivolous spending…


I just frivolously spent $13 on Tulip Sock fixin's.

As to why…well…see, this is hard. It really does go against my usual rules on flippant purchases. It was over $5, and it was not something that could be eaten, so it should have gone through a slightly more rigorous decision process and been tossed out on the basis that I already have enough sock yarn to keep my needles busy for about sixteen years. And, furthermore, I have enough other yarn to be making sweaters and baby blankets and whatnot for a further eighteen years. I am rapidly approaching SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) in the yarn department.

The only defense I have, the only reason I can give for my buying the yarn and pattern for these rather garish examples of the knitting trade is…they made me laugh.

Hard.

I mean it. I saw those socks in an email from KnitPicks last night and I laughed so hard I shot zinfandel right out my nose. I was so cheered and amused by these socks that it didn't even bother me that I was wiping zinfandel off my laptop screen.

They embody the whimsy of Spring, to me. They say, "Yes, that's right! We're garish, and PROUD OF IT! We're bright and we're bold and we're cheerful and if you don't like it, we really don't care! Because we're socks! Really, really, REALLY Spring-y socks!"

So I bought the yarn, and I fully intend to make – and wear! – them.

In public.

Because they made me laugh.

Really, really hard.

4 comments:

21st Century Mom said...

I think you need a 12 step program - I really do.

Cute socks, though. I love crazy socks.

As for PG&E - we are freezing to death and sitting in the dark and my bill was over $300. I hate them.

Moira said...

DH is conviced there are 12 step programs for you and me... (I have more of a problem with fabric)...
BUT hey if you get the same reaction to those socks as you DH did with the christmas socks GO FOR IT!!!!

Myownigloo said...

I don't think a 12-step program would help. You'd just snort milk next time you saw a cute pair of socks.

Oh, that kind of 12-step program.

Love the socks!

B said...

I saw those socks on the front of the KnitPicks catalog and it was love at first sight. But I'm pretty new in the knitting game, so I am going to have to pass. Glad you're knitting them, though.

P.S. I posted sometime ago anonymously and asked for an easy mittens pattern...you provided one...and I'm happy to report that I did it! I made one pair of pretty cute mittens and it really wasn't that hard. So thanks very much for the inspiration to start knitting...and for help in selecting a pattern.