Friday, April 04, 2008

Go Socks Go!



Pattern: Simple stockinette w/a "rounder heel" heel flap heel.

Yarn: Go Spurs Go!* by Lone Star Arts (She's got the store closed now while she's off at the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Fest). I also christened this "Hurl Yourself Off The Bridge" because the colors mirror the drab spring weather New Jersey allegedly has (I've only got 1.5 springs under my belt here--I'm just going off of what they tell me).

As soon as I cast off these socks with five minutes left in my lunch break, I peeled off my socks I was wearing in the car and popped these suckers on. Oh! The delight! They're super soft--it was like a party in my stinky shoe and everyone was invited!

Needles: I have no clue! They're maybe 0s? 1s? They're smaller than 2s that's all I can tell you.

Notes: When I cast these on--Dr. Mad Scientist was just going into rehab. Today, as I finished them at lunch (for they were my lunchtime knitting), he has ended his "intensive out-patient rehab." (Ok so technically it ended last Thursday--but I'm going with it for the sake of the socks).

He's now in "aftercare" which means he still has to attend one class a week on how to be a good boy (I don't know how else to describe it!) and one night a week he participates in group therapy.

On Monday he starts back at Mt. Sinai. They emailed him yesterday with his new assignment. It's a neuro lab and he's been downgraded from whateverhisofficialtitlewasbefore to Lab Tech. Which is fine. But they also told him that they expect him to start looking for other employment.

It's kind of like firing a person the legal way.

I'm going to refrain from looking on the cloudy side--his employment situation is not something I can do anything about.

I'm glad these socks are done--I think I'm going to cast on a pair of lunch socks for Chunky now. Should be interesting. Aside from that messed up sweater I made him last spring and an assortment of wardrobe items for his monkey Rosie, I've never knit him anything.

*Per the New Jersey Star Ledger, the San Antonio Spurs came very close to being the New Jersey Spurs until the deal fell thru and the ended up in San Antonio. That could be a load of bunk, but I thought it was a funny thing to read half way through knitting these socks having lived in both places.



Blogger Elizabeth said...

Love the socks!

I hope Dr. MS keeps his nose clean and all that. I'm glad they're taking him back as a tech, at least. Maybe in time, he'll regain their trust.

10:34 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

The socks look great!!

Bummer about Dr. MadScientist's job. I'm glad you are trying to keep your chin up. I know things will work out somehow.

12:13 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Those are great socks!!!

Keeping hope for Dr.MS to stay clean.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Those socks go great with your shoes...I love those shoes. I cannot wear shoe like that. They make my feet look gignormous ;p

Honestly, I am surprised your husband was taken back at all, so what they are doing is giving him a bit of time. That's quite honorable of them IMO. I hope for yours and Chunky's sake that you both will not be subjectd to continual suffering based on his poor actions. I also hope that his lack of judgment will not haunt him in his job search when it comes time for potential employers to check his references and reason for leaving. Just a bad situation. No way around that. I admire you, seriously, I do. I can promise you the outcome (marriage counseling, working things out, etc.) of the situation wouldn't have been the same had it be me in your situation. :/

1:24 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Wanted to add to my previous post, I am an unforgiving bitch about certain things, and alcoholism just so happens to be one of those "things".

1:58 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Yay for soft, must-wear-now socks!

And for the Dr. MS sitch...what irishgirlie said.

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Yay for you! I have a mild envy of people who have actually completed a pair of adult socks. I have yet to do so...

5:52 AM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Cool socks and shoes too! Can I throw my tried and true pattern idea for the chunkster into the ring? Knitting Pure and Simple Children's Tunic. EASY peasy, no seaming, looks cuts on kids (especially ones with big heads like our guys) and any worsted weight yarn will do. Just my couple of two cents. My guys love them and they go with everything. Good for winter or as a jacket for spring/fall. Know I need to contact the company for my endorsement fee.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice socks there! Hang in there! (I know you will!) :)

6:33 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nice socks!

Sorry about Dr. MS. Hopeully he will find something quickly.

7:08 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Well, at least they're giving him something in the meantime. I hope he's able to find something nearby so you aren't forced to move yet again. You're a strong woman though, and he's fortunate to have you as the backbone of your family.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Nice socks, wearable even, a bonus!

"Always look on the bright side of life..." Add your own whistling here.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

It's tough being the adult, isn't it? My husband lost his job after doing something stupid and it took a long time for him to find work in his field. In the meantime, he sold hot dogs from a cart and cleaned pasta machines. And then worked for Homeland Security in the airport. It was tough and I hated that I had to be the stable one all the time. Hand in there (as I know you will). Hopefully this is the wake up call he needs and he'll take better care of himself and you.

Enough soap box. Those are great socks. I love my handknit socks. They make my feet feel loved all day.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Love the socks! Beautiful colors, nice and gloomy (my other favorite, right up there with crazy bright).

8:12 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Your socks look great, your shoes are so cute!

I'm glad that Dr MS has employment while searching for a new job... most of the companies that I've worked for have done something like that. I hope that it eases your stress a bit. If we used medical scientists I'd tell him to apply at my company, but we only use engineering scientists. A guy in my department got sent to rehab 3 times, threw up and passed out at his desk at work, and kept pee samples in his file cabinet and he STILL works for us.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Ugh! I hope DrMS can find another job relatively close - you don't want another move to add to the stress! Bright side: he has a job while he's looking for a new one (always easier to get another job while you have one). And you have a comfy new pair of socks :-)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...


I'm sorry to hear that about your husband's job. Hopefully he'll find something better. Want to come to Cleveland, LOL?! We have horrible winter weather, and a lot of poverty, but on the plus side, the cost of living is dirt cheap compared to most other parts of the country (you can get a huge house with a big yard in the suburbs for far less than $200,000), and we have two of the best hospital systems in the country. Sometimes it seems like the hospitals are the only place offering stable jobs around here.

I love the shoes - Mary Janes are among my favorites! I would love to crochet some socks - I've seen patterns for ones that look wearable with shoes, but don't have the courage to attempt anything that complicated yet.

10:48 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I like those socks and they look good in those shoes!

I hope the Mad Dr. stays clean and can find a job soon. Hopefully he'll be able to give you and Chunky the care and repsect you both deserve.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those socks are.....Jawsome!!!! Hey, what can I say I have hung around your youngset sister and she has worn off on me. And is that a scuf mark on the toe of your shoe? Have you been scrawling around putting easy library books away? So what kind of socks are you going to make Chunkie? You know you could be opening a can of worms by making him some socks....he will not want to wear factory made socks after he gets a pair that his Mom made him. Tell DrMS to hang in there, hopefullly he has learned a lesson and will turn his work life around. Love, Mom

1:36 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I like the colour of the socks....grey, but with fun bits sprinkled about....

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Love the socks. Sorry about Dr. Mad Scientist's job. You have a great attitude about it though.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You need to cast on some seriously happy socks for Chunky. Those are pretty cool though.

An employed lab tech is a lot better than a fired Dr MS. How subtle to suggest he seek employment elsewhere.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

SO, dumb question. If it takes him a while to find other employment, will they keep his as lab tech ad infinitum?

I like the socks - they look like they would match most of my work clothes.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous BooBoo said...

Beautiful socks! (And I don't think NJ springs are too dreary usually-- at least not compared to my baseline of Chicago winters :). )

I hope everything works out for your Dr. MS's job situation...

7:55 AM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

What turtlegirl said - she summed up my thoughts the meantime, make sure you are looking after yourself as best you can, the backbone needs support too.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Way to go on those socks! I like the color choice too.

I'm really glad that they're giving the hub a job while he looks for new employment. Best of luck to him - I'll be thinking of you and your family.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous nikBudnik said...

I like your shoes.
As far as the sitiation goes with Hubby and work and all, the only thing I can say is, hang in there. Everyone does things differently, you do what works for you. No matter what that is, I am here for you.
Be strong, sister.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous nikBudnik said...

Oh- on another note, read your moms kids would want nothing BUT factory made socks if they ever had to wear a pair made by me!! Haha!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I love your socks! I so need to learn to knit socks. I love my merino wool socks, but they just don't last very long, and it would be so much better, I think, if I could make a new pair when I need them :). Or maybe not. I don't know, but I do know that I love your socks. They look warm and cozy ;).

I hope you guys are able to find something new soon. The change might do you good. Not sure what you're looking for, job wise, but from a I-think-this-might-be-the-field search there seem to be some options ;).

6:26 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

great socks, miss! glad to hear the hub has some employment to go back to... take care of yer bad self!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I'm sorry to hear about Dr. MS' job. At least they are keeping him on in the meantime. You've been much stronger through all of this than I think I ever could have been. Hang in there just a wee bit longer.

LOVE the socks! When I open the gallery I'm stealing that pic! :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I love the socks! I love the shoes too! Great job, at least you have something really good to work through, you sure know how to make great lemonade from lemons. I truly wish you two the best possible outcome. There could be a pot o gold at end of this "rainbow".

9:52 PM  

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