Now, you and I, if you are a knitter of socks, may recognise these socks as Monkey Socks. Anyone who’s been around the knitting world in the last few years will know of these as one of great success stories in sock patterns. Me, I’ve made them about six times. I think that means I’ve made them on average twice a year. I never grow tired of them and they are always well received and worn. But I have called them Sweet Pea socks because of the colours.
This time I made them differently. There’s a version around the traps that means you don’t purl the stitches between the fan shapes. You just knit them. For a variegated yarn it’s a great alteration to the pattern. It works a charm. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the original pattern – this is a great improvement on an already fantastic sock.
There’s a great story attached to why I made this particular pair of socks. So you’ve all seen the chicken coop. Well, we didn’t buy it. We were given it by a friend we’ve made through Twitter.
Have I mentioned how great Twitter is? No? Well I love it. The drinks we went to this afternoon, the BBQ lunch we hosted earlier today all came about because of connections we’ve made through Twitter. You know how lots of us have made friends through our blogs and through Ravelry? Same deal. Only much, much more local for us. We’ve met and made friends on twitter with people who by and large were just outside our usual social circles. By that I mean we’ve ended up meeting people who maybe work in our large departments but we’ve passed by and not known, or people who eat and drink at the same places we do but we’d just never been introduced. It’s opened up corners of Canberra that were practically on our doorstep already. And we’ve made chicken friends through it – we have chickens now because we met people who had chickens and who showed us how it could be done.
One of those new friends had a chicken coop she didn’t want any more and as payment she, having watched me knit socks many times over drinks, asked for a pair of socks. Generous! Extraordinarily generous! And she asked for socks in a ‘sweet pea’ colourway.
This yarn, from Blue Moon Fibre Arts, was the best match I could find. It’s called Dilly Dilly and I think it’s so pretty. A nice match for a Sweet Pea request. I gave them to her today and I think she really loved them! Those are her feet posing in these photos.
I feel like I won out of this deal. I got a home for my chickens when I wasn’t really sure what I wanted and I got the joy of knitting socks in a colourway I might never have chosen for myself but which was so very enjoyable, and I got to make someone else happy. That’s a win!
Speaking of the chickens, a friend at lunch today encouraged us to let them out of the coop, to let them explore the yard. Eventually, tentatively, they joined us on the deck and it was so much fun. I think I could get used to them clucking around so close by! Here’s Lady Catherine de Burgh up and about checking out our lunch.
We rewarded the Girls for returning to the coop without drama with the generous gift from our guests of a box of special crickets all for themselves (seriously, we were full by then and couldn’t have fit in a single one). They went mad for them. How they love a treat! Just like the rest of us, I suppose!