I present to you the first original Hokie Bird Sock!! Finished and even the right size-woohoo! Of course AFTER it was finished, my husband said, "Wait-I thought you were going to do the toe maroon, too!" oops. So maybe the second of the pair will have a maroon toe, just to make it even more "original". I hate when I do stuff like that. Usually I just end up fretting about it enough that I will take it apart and re-do it-but not this time. Me and these socks need a break from one another. I do love kitchenering toes though-isn't that weird?? I don't really love sock knitting (don't hate it either-just sort of "eh" about it), but I find myself looking for ways to use the kitchener stitch in other ways- shoulder joins? blanket squares? any possible seam I can find anywhere? It's not because it is easy-it requires me to talk out loud to myself an awful lot (you know, more than normal) to remember which step I am on (which gathers odd looks from family and passersby in general-although probably not from fellow knitters) and if I happen to mess up, I'm usually better off taking it back to the beginning-it is just that I like how it joins two sides together as if by magic!!! COMPLETELY INVISIBLE!!! And I do NOT understand it, even though I stare at and analyze the way the yarn is woven-still don't get it, but I really love it. Weird, I know. The black line embroidered on the Hokie Bird's beak and wattle nearly put me over the edge, however. I'm not so much with details-in life in general, and also in knitting. I thought it just looked weird at first but once it was all complete, I decided that it DOES in fact look like the tough, scary, angry, butt-kicking bird it's supposed to look like. I was quite please with the final product, so much so that I did the Hokie Pokie and turned myself about.
Which, as we know, IS what it's all about.