Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Unrealistic deadline socks; the Fool ages

Over the weekend, the Fool celebrated another birthday. We got together with friends who have similarly timed birthdays and spent the evening talking and eating. Good times.




Two of the birthday boys.

The Fool spent his birthday listening to some new CDs I've been hiding from him for several weeks (Blowzabella, Hanneke Cassel and Cliar) and painting Taterbug's room.
I also managed to finish a pair of socks to go with his new sandals. He wears these shoes year-round, with wool socks when the weather calls for it, and as he walks to and from his office from the train each day, he wore out the first pair in a little over a year, which is not bad, considering the miles he put on the shoes.
But when you're a size 13, beggars can't be too choosy about color, so rather than blue or brown or something sedate ... he ended up with green shoes.
"How green?" he asked, when I called to make sure he was OK with this. "Forest green?"
"Uh," I said, "No. More like ... frog green. Or tree green. They're kinda bright."
"Good," he said. "Then I won't forget to change my shoes when I get to the office."
About a week out from his birthday, I decided he needed socks, so while I was in Madison visiting Thorny and the Sow's Ear in Verona (super-cool yarn shop), I found a ball of self-striping OnLine and cast on. I think their stripes are the best ones out there.
I wasn't sure I could do it, but the night before his birthday, I kitchenered the last toe and stuffed the socks in the shoebox.

8 comments:

yarndork said...

Green being my favorite color, I LOVE those socks. I love also that they pretty much match the sandals. Very fashionable. By the way, don't know if you ever are in Geneva, but there's a really well-stocked yarn shop up there, Wool and Company. Just in case you need some more yarn. I don't remember the address off the top of my head, but google it. They have their own website. And, a whole corner of sock yarn. And some laceweight silk with beads prestrung on it. And...

the fiddlin' fool said...

Yarndork,

Wool and Company is one of our favorite shops around here. Knitche is also quite good, and a bit closer.

LaurieM said...

Kind of fits in with the frog sweater of the earlier post. Taterbug will always be able to find daddy once the walking begins.

Eldronius said...

I love those sandals and socks. Great choice for both of them. I want some, haha!

Happy birthday

anne marie in philly said...

happy birthday to the fool! doesn't look any older...

helenkosings said...

I just started reading y'all's blog (I love it), and I was wondering....did I somehow miss the appearance of taterbug? Has it happened yet?

Stephenson! said...

May I be the first to say "Congratulations!" and spoil the suspense for everyone else? :)

the fiddlin' fool said...

Stephenson,

That assumes that people are still reading the comments on this entry. :)