Xylaria species

Xylaria species

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Giant Socks?!?



Why yes, that is a nickel perched on the toe of that sock!

Sz 13+. Surprisingly I know quite a few people with this size foot, so was able to get a tracing without the recipients knowledge (or was the model the recipient??? - all will be revealed around Christmas). The sock knitting is moving along quickly, the yarn is a pleasure to knit with. There is some concern around here about size, but as we are not large-footed in this house it is hard to know. Sock matches the tracing pretty well though. Heel has been turned on the second sock, now to pick up stitches along the heel flap, work the decreases and then it is back to "mindless" inches of stockinette stitch for the foot (you can get a lot read when working a sock for a person who wears a sz 13).

It is Porter's 10th birthday today! Now, depending on who you consult that makes him the equivalent of a 56 - 77 yr old (generic calculators put him on the young end, weight based/size based calculators put him on the older end). We are definitely closer to the end than the beginning of his life though. He is slowing down a bit, but occasionally still shows his goofy, playful side. If anything, he has gotten more "cuddly" in the last couple of years. To an outside observer he may seem aloof still, but we've noticed a change. As illustrated below:



Porter loves our friend because he gets hip massages when Griff's around (plus there is usually good food to be had).

Did I mention I ran without pain! Very exciting, and on pavement to boot. Didn't manage another run after last Friday (still easing into the wintery weather) but will give it a go tomorrow and see how the leg/knee/IT band is doing. If all goes well I can start thinking ahead towards training plans for this spring and summers races. Will most likely be a slower run as I donated blood, I know some folks who say they can run the same day they donate, but I really could tell I was "a pint low" today and would prefer not to get sick, so will take it easy.

That said, I had the day off today (from one job) so took the opportunity to get outside for a walk while the sun was still shining. Explored the SHT in the Hawk Ridge area, then hooked up to the Amity Creek Trail and then onto the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve trails. Nice walk in the woods, with more climbing than I had anticipated. Wonder if it qualified as "strenuous exercise"?

To complete the randomness of this post: prepare for intense blueness when adding blueberries to oatmeal and then heating it up ;->

3 comments:

Chris said...

Happy birthday, Porter!!

I'm happy I don't know any large-footed people for whom I'd be tempted to knit socks. :)

We have a smidgen of snow from yesterday that's sticking around...

SteveQ said...

For a really weird color, try adding beets instead of blueberries to your oatmeal!

wildknits said...

Amazingly this is not the first pair of large socks I have knit - there was the "wedding pair", the groom had size 12 feet...

No real snow yet, rain mix today, though held off for the run tonight.

I think Porter had a nice birthday ;-> But, he is a dog and probably really did not notice. He did try to help himself to a carrot yesterday - his idea of a treat. Had to put the bag of food farm veggies up out of his reach though.

Steve - not sure about beets for breakfast (though come to think of it, I often eat oatmeal later in the day). Still....