Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sock Warrior!

I am a Sock Warrior! I sent in my request to join Sock Wars a little close to the deadline so I wasn't sure if I made the cut, but it looks like all's well and I'm 'in.' This bit of good news made it neccessary to make a trip to the LYS. I headed over there after work and was browsing around a bit when I was approached by one of the ladies who works there. I've only been there a few times and had not yet met this employee. Her name was Marlene and she asked if I needed help finding anything. I told her I was looking for DK yarn to be used for socks. "I need it for this online contest I've joined," I said. Her head spun around to look at me and she said, "Sock Wars?!" "Yes! You, too?" I asked. "Yes!" she said. It was such a funny moment. It felt like bumping into a long-lost sibling and having this instant sense of recognition. So I told Marlene that I'd check back with her once the contest started to see how we're both doing. I imagine I'll get killed off pretty quickly, but in the end we are all rewarded with a pair of socks and you can't beat that!


LISTENING TO: DANIEL JOHNSTON - "Songs Of Pain"

You could easily dislike Daniel Johnston for his lo-fi music, his akward phrasing, or his often tuneless singing. Or you could say that he's only gotten attention because of his bouts with mental illness. But if you dig a little deeper, behind all that is a talented songwriter who courageously expresses himself with raw honesty and a sense of humor. In my book this earns him as much if not more respect than all the "professional" singer/songwriters out there. Here's a snippet of the first track, "Grievances."

6 comments:

Sean said...

Reading about the Sock Wars, I begin to feel lame that I have never completed a pair of adult-sized socks. I've made three pairs of baby socks, and that's it. Do I even deserved to call myself a knitter?

Mel said...

Better watch your back. That Marlene may be a deadly assassin. Then again, so might I.

Sean said...

glad you made it in! i still can't believe it's only 180 yards, they must be footies or something. good luck and remember, don't kill me! ;)

Ken said...

I'm excited about the Sock Wars. I don't have any grand illusions about winning but just participating will be big fun. Sean (KB), I got more than enough DK yarn and it's in two colors so I can either do stripes or accented heels and toes.

mima said...

You have inspired me to try doing my first pair of socks. Done about 7 inches.

Stephanie said...

So I see you met Marlene for sock wars - do you know if she ever sent SiPs up the assassin chain to anyone once she was killed? She was above my current assassin, but no one seems able to track down the SiPs for Marlene's target and now she's hot on my heels - and I want to live!!!! Thanks!

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