Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sugar-Free Cocoa Socks

Honest, I finished this sock before Socktoberfest finished. Honest I did. It's just that stupid blogger wouldn't let me post the photo until now. Anyway, I acheived my goal & completed two pairs of socks in one month (thankfully there were 31 days). Annonuncing the second pair .....

SUGAR-FREE COCOA SOCKS

Pattern: Karen's Sugar-Free Diabetes Walk Socks

Yarn: KnitPicks Gloss Cocoa Colorway

Needles: KnitPicks Circular size2 US

Modifications: Two extra pattern repeats on the legs

Notes: Next time I use this pattern (and I definitely will), I'm going to attempt it from the toe-up. It's just starting to get frustrating for me to have to "guess" how much yarn I'll need for the entire sock. With toe-up socks, there's none of this "I wonder if I'll have enough yarn to finish if I do one more pattern repeat".

In addition to my completed sock, I also made some Halloween cards to send to a few favorite family members. Of course, only two got sent. And actually, I hand-delivered those. My problem usually is writing the sentiment inside the cards. Because these are hand-made, there's a big blank spot inside every card & that's where I get stuck. I always thought I had a problem mailing items, but I now know that my real problem is writing something inside a card that sounds sincere, not ...uh... stupid.

Halloween was spent with SD, SIL, & the GS's (Step-Daughter, Son-In-Law & the GrandSons). The boys dressed up as Power Rangers & although they did trick-or-treat at 5 houses, they were most interested in staying home & waiting for the dressed up kids to come knock on their door. They got a big kick out of giving candy to the trick-or-treaters & every time there was a knock on the door, the boys would come running from all parts of the house. My favorite part is when the 2yr old opened the door & asked (in his 2yr old voice): "Do you wike my costume?"

DH decided to start a new tradition with the boys so that they didn't eat too much candy. He told them if they each chose 10 pieces of candy to keep & put the rest of the candy in a big bowl, that in the middle of the night, the good Halloween Witch would take the candy in the bowl & replace it with a new toy.

GS1 was extremely concerned that a witch was going to be in his house & he stated that he wouldn't be giving his candy to the witch, he didn't want her in his house. We then assured him that it was a good witch that was friends with the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy & even Santa Claus, but he again repeated he didn't want a witch in his house. This was definitely no surprise though since whenever he opened the door for a trick-or-treater, if they were dressed in a scary costume, he'd back away from the door & wait for the 2yr old to give out the candy instead. We realized that since he always approached the door when a fairy princess wanted candy, we told him that the Halloween Witch was a beautiful witch that wears a white sparkly dress & a crown (picture Glenda the good witch from Wizard of Oz), then he decided it might be okay for the witch to bring him a toy. Go figure.

By the way, you absolutely must go to my little sisters blog & see the cake she made for my neices birthday. She's so stinking talented!!

7 comments:

slyn said...

Love the socks! I'm so glad blogger finally let you post pictures. The boys look oh so cute in their costumes, and the witch is a fab idea. Also, thanks for the compliment!

jillian said...

Great socks!! I have that pattern on my to-do list! Toe-ups are so much less anxiety when it comes to having enough yarn. Definitely worth a try!

Amber said...

I love the cards you made -- so cute! We did a similar thing with Alden to cut down on the amount of candy he eats, except we called it the "Halloween Fairy."

The socks are pretty!

Brena said...

Gorgous socks. I think it's funny that they're sugar-free cocoa. :)

Sharon G. said...

Beautiful socks!
Your story about the good Halloween Witch has me cracking up - that's just too funny!

Karen said...

LOVE your sugar-free cocoa socks!! :) What a cute name to give them. I love the extra repeats on the leg too - I'm going to do that on my next pair. :)

kimberly said...

I love your socks!! I need to buy that pattern too. You're inspiring!