I was remarking to Kaity the other day how I had more comments on my ugly/cool Trekking Jaywalkers than anything else I have knit. She intimated that perhaps I have a whole lot of friends with questionable taste in what's cool.
It got me thinking, why do we decide what we absolutely will or will not wear, what we like and what we don't. I find it very interesting and enjoyable that everyone develops their own "style."
Sometimes, I'm surprised. A few years ago my hubby and I were invited to a 40th birthday party a friend was giving for his wife. A dressy affair, a limo was going to pick us up, dinner, a whole "evening" - just four couples. We don't go to a lot of "dressy affairs" - so my husband asked me to pick him out something. The whole package, pants, shoes, shirt... "you know what I like" he says. I pick out a shirt and tie, a nice pair of dress slacks, new black shoes and belt.
He takes one look at them and says, "I don't wear black shoes
." Just a matter of fact statement. Huh??? At this point we'd been married at least 20 years. "You mean, you don't like
black shoes?" I ask. "No, I don't wear black shoes. I don't like them.
What happened to "you know what I like"?????
20 years, how did I not know this? I just kept repeating myself, "You really won't
wear black shoes? Ever?" "Nope.
Granted, this is the man who wears shorts 360 days a year, not a huge fashion plate - but he absolutely refuses to wear the black shoes. "Just trade them in for brown ones, but I'll still wear the belt
Now I'm really perplexed. For starters, this is the most easy-going guy you'll ever run across, Mr. Happy All The Time - it's where Kaity gets it. But he absolutely WON'T wear black shoes for some odd reason he can't explain, but he WILL wear brown shoes and a black belt to a dressy affair - NOT ON MY WATCH he won't.
So, I traded in the shoes AND the belt for brown, and a fun time was had by all.
I don't wear black shoes.... puhleeze.
Anyhoooo, this brings me to my new yarn. Monarch Farms, Fly Super Sport
. It threatens to be ugly/cool socks, like the Trekking Jaywalkers. But check it out.... 650 yards, 3-ply washable wool, very soft, size 2 needles. It's like the Perfect Storm. What's not to like. Why haven't I seen anyone knitting with this? The best part - 650 yards, enough for two pairs of socks, $25. Even. No shipping, no tax. $25. I'm in love.
I do have a caveat, however. It looks nothing like the picture on the website. (see the little sample to the left, straight off the website) I double-checked, and it's the same colorway.... in theory. I know ordering off the internet is iffy - monitors all being different what what not.... but, this is REALLY different.
I don't really mind, they're just socks, and the stuff I ended up with isn't bad. And, well, let's face it - you've seen what kind of socks I'll make and wear.... and - may I add - you all seem to like! - so these should be winners.
However, I still think I've found the sock yarn deal of the century. It's beautiful
soft stuff. Kaity and I wound it up into balls yesterday and I gave her half. 650 yards for $25, no shipping, no tax... you just have to be a little open to interpretation regarding the colorway. Oh, I'll order again, can't wait to see what I get!**I've fixed the link, so now it'll take you to the website