Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A tale of wayward socks

I've had the free pattern for "Rob's Twined Rib" socks posted on my sidebar since last JUNE when I knit the socks!

Rob is a friend who lives in England (and keeps me supplied with yummy Pear Drops!!) who's birthday is in December. I like to get an early start on my Christmas/birthday knitting so last June I developed the pattern, knit up the socks, had a friend test knit the pattern (thanks Ada!) and put them away to be mailed later in the year.

I was a tad late but I finally mailed them across the pond. After sitting in my "finished gift" drawer for six months, they were finally on their way....only to get lost in the mail!!

I mailed NINE other packages that day, both domestic and overseas, and ALL arrived safely except for the socks whose picture (and free pattern) have become a part of my blog.I was beyond sad!

Well, the good news is the socks finally arrived a week ago!!! Seems customs in the UK was holding on to the package because it seemed "suspicious"!! Yep, now I'm a sock smuggler, hehe....

Anyway, after much ado, I give you Rob's Twined Rib sock on Rob's actual feet!!


Rob loves them and as you can see, they're a perfect fit so I guess it was "almost" worth the wait!

So if you're looking for a manly pattern for the manly feet in your life, help yourself to the free pattern....It's Rob tested and Rob approved, finally!! :)

I'm working on both the Diamond Fantasy Shawl (just started rep 7 of 10) and my Sockapaloooza socks (finished sock #1 and about 3 inches into the cuff of sock #2) and still awaiting more Shine for my Carnival Afghan so I'll update those in my next post.


Hope all our gold medalists are winding down from their Olympic Knitting frenzy, congrats to all who flexed their knitting muscles! Now have a nice big glass of your knitting water of choice and relax!



Pumpkin says have a wonderful week!

20 comments:

Beth said...

I have to admit to wondering about shipping snafus sometimes - everything is smooth sailing until out of the blue something weird like that happens. And always on the least convenient package.

Pumpkin looks very content - has he been frisky with the yarn again?

La said...

Well, since the DH is still unemployed, my plans on getting the Nancy Bush book are still on hold. Those Rob Socks look like good manly socks, and I just happen to have some good manly yarn to knit those socks in for my manly dad. Thanks!

Hey, did you get your package?

Leslie said...

What great wallpaper the P-man will make! He's so handsome...

Ilost some wonderful apple coral to a shipping snafu - I'm glad Rob's socks finaly arrived to grace his feet.

candsmom said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful pattern link! I'm definitely bookmarking that one. Rob's socks look quite handsome on his feet. And as handsome and masculine as they look on his legs, I'm relieved and glad to hear that they weren't *your* legs. ;-) My legs have a tendency to look like that every couple of weeks, so thank goodness for Photoshop during my sock pics! ;-) So glad to hear that the package arrived safe and sound, albeit a little late. It's good to know that security is doing it's job, but still, socks? anthrax? I never realized how similar the two looked when mailed. ;-) P-Man is adorable as always... take care, Debi! :-)

Bliss said...

We all know good sock yarn is like crack. :0) I'm glad the socks finally reached their obviously happy recipient.

Anonymous said...

Ah, I always knew there was something of the nefarious sock terrorist in you! Dorothy (Missouri Star)

Agnes said...

Those feet are definitely happy ones! And warm too! I notice that Rob did something that my husband also does all the time ... turning the cuff down. I am wondering if they did that for the same reason ... my husband always says that the cast-on line is tight and he can feel it on his legs! Next time I'm going to try provisional cast on and thread an elastic thread there. Don't know if this works though.

Carole said...

What a relief that the socks turned up, eh? I have a coworker who had a cousin ship her a package at Christmas. In it were 2 hand knit sweaters and the package never arrived. UPS says they delivered it but it just never came. Can you imagine the horror for this knitter?

Suzanne said...

They are beautiful!

I think customs is just covering up for the fact that they FOGOT ABOUT THE PACKAGE! Those crazy brits have a hard time admitting them are wrong....

I send stuff to Ireland all the time and it rarely takes more than a week.

Alison said...

I'm so glad the socks found their way! Pumpkin is such a cutie.

Jes said...

Well, better late than never! I'm always so worried about sending stuff overseas. Darn those suspicious socks. =)

Rebekah said...

Back many many years ago, when I worked for economist, we had a book arrive at our office. It was from South Africa I believe. The package was marked Sea Mail, and the mailing date on the package was 2 years before we received it. It made me wonder where it had been all that time.

Ada said...

I'm glad that the suspicious socks arrived save to there new home.
Lovely p-man as always!!

christine said...

Those are great "man socks" - it's nice to see them on the man. What a funny story!
Pumpkin is just so photogenic!

margene said...

Look at P-man....he is so cute. Great socks and they look so warm. It seems many knitterly package are being held as suspicious. You could probably mail a b0mb and it would get right through...but socks? Can't wait to see your shawl.

snowballinhell said...

Those socks are very nice. I have a good friend who needs some nice manly socks, whether he knows it or not. Those would be perfect!

P-Man is so adorable. Make sure he drinks lots of water!

Cathy said...

Those are great! thanks for sharing :)

Rob said...

Customs were less bothered about smuggling but more fussed about import duty - next time anyone sends anything here, be sure to mark the value as only a few $'s!

But they fit great, and look fantastic! Thanks ever so much Debi.

Take care xx

Mary in Fredericksburg, VA said...

Okay, according to bloglines I'm 18 entries behind on reading your blog (which is why I'm really impressed by the earlier post where you said you try and leave a comment whenever you visit!). But I had to say thanks for the great idea for using the darning egg! It has never occurred to me to slip it in when doing that "neatening the kitchner" step!

gw2 gold said...

Rob is a friend who eve isk lives in England (and keeps me supplied with yummy Pear Drops!!) who's birthday is in December. I like to get an early start on my Christmas/birthday knitting so last June I developed the pattern, knit buy eve isk up the socks, had a friend test knit the pattern (thanks Ada!) and put them away to be mailed later in the year.