Saturday, November 03, 2007

Lofty aspirations.


My life, these days, along with being über-hectic with nail-biting over upcoming prelim exams, preparations for Christmas excavating in the UAE, and setting into motion my dissertation research, has been one failed lofty aspiration after another. I just can't seem to find enough time in the day, people! Most recent example: Socktoberfest, replete with lofty socky aspirations, drew to a close DAYS ago. As I am wont to do, I started out with seriously intrepid plans for Socktoberfest. That, friends, obviously didn't happen. My revised plan was to knit ONE mate to my overabundance of swingin' singles (newest phrase of choice for single socks, a là Mrs. Blue Garter). Just a one. Of course, in due diligence, I chose not only the oldest single sock, but the biggest, too. The infamous Pomatomus Almost-Knee-High.


So very, very close. The good news is that these socks will be finished imminently, which is most excellent. The bad news is that these socks will not, as had been previously hoped, mark my celebration of Socktoberween. October 31 came and went, and despite furious pomatomus knitting, I couldn't eke the entire sock out by the deadline. But not to worry... my Socktoberween ended up being fantastic, thanks to the super-speedy delivery service of Barnes and Noble...


Hello, every single last episode of Twin Peaks on dvd digitally remastered and in 5.1 surround sound. The definitive gold box edition. And that, my friends, made this the best Sock-less-toberween ever.

And now my lofty dissertation aspirations are leading me off to Boston this weekend to scope out some pre-Islamic Iranian ceramics in the Peabody Museum. I do love a good field trip! Will report on my adventures upon my return...

Happy belated Socktoberween to one and all!

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33 Comments:

Blogger Specs said...

Your trip sounds awesome in a very geeky way. Have fun!

Are those the pomatomi you were knitting when I started mine aaaages ago? If they are, then don't feel bad about not finishing. Mine got ripped out completely and have never seen the light of day again.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Ooh, ooh, are you going to hang out with D? You will hve the best time. And if you're taking the train up, I'd say that's perfect Pom finishing time.

9:53 AM  
Blogger maryse said...

have a good time. hey, did i ever tell you that i lived in iran as a kid?

10:39 AM  
Blogger Desiknitter said...

mmmm. ceramics. Have fun in Boston! I hope you'll get knitting done on the way. When I saw the two socks, I said, oh look, a single sock got hitched - only to find that it is still only a dating relationship.... good luck for the exams, Megan!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Have tons of fun in Boston!

I love your Pomatomi, and doesn't each knee sock count for at least 2 regular socks?

12:09 PM  
Blogger Josiane said...

Oh, pre-Islamic Iranian ceramics! Awesome! I hope you'll come back with pictures! Last time I saw some, it was in Iran, and it feels like it was way too long ago...

12:31 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

The poms are great and soooo close to being done. At least you made an effort with Sockoberfest. I didn't even try.

Have a great trip!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

I love the pic you did with Twin peaks! Haha. I am a huge Twin Peaks fan. Does the box set include the mysterious and rare pilot/first episode? I actually stopped receiving it from Net Flix after we find out who kills Laura Palmer...it seemed to lose its focus. Is this true, or do you think I should finish the series?

And congrats on your Pomatomus, I think that was a huge accomplishment, even if you didn't technically finish.

2:08 PM  
Blogger peaknits said...

Wow - those Pomatomus are freaking gorgeous!! Your upcoming field trip sounds fun - maybe a lys in the itinerary?? Have fun!

4:52 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Oh, you're so close! Like, trip to Boston close.

And God, is that, or is it not, the best thing Kyle McLachlan ever did? The whole thing is so brilliant.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Your knitting not quite a whole pair of Pom knee-highs in October equals my sock knitting for the past year. They are beautiful!

I've had Twin Peaks on my radar for a while now; I'm working my way through the last season of Angel right now and am looking for something good to sink my teeth into next. So to speak.

6:13 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

You had me fooled for a second, I though they were done. Looking great though. Enjoy your trip :)

6:17 PM  
Blogger Allegra said...

those are f-ing awesome poms!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Mateless socks soon to be paired - you have hours of digitally remastered Special Agent Dale Cooper to get you through!

Definitive Gold Box Edition - where have I been that I have never heard of this?

I have the VHS collection. Isn't that funny? The box sleeve is pretty cool though with the Red Room motif and a different character's face on each tape cover.

What fun you are going to have. Does it include both premiere episodes? And Fire Walk With Me? The music is my favourite. I think I might know what I'm watching tomorrow...

10:03 PM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Oh!Oh! Twin Peaks! Does it have the pilot? Give my regards to the log lady.

7:25 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Yes, well I sealed my fate when I also announced grand aspirations for Socktoberfest. Apparently all I need to do to guarantee that I won't make any socks is to publicly announce my intent to make socks!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Well, I had such lofty aspirations too, and didn't exactly meet them, so don't feel too bad ;)

And I've never seen Twin Peaks, but a Wikipedia search indicates that it could be quite interesting. Precursor to the X-Files? Yes please.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Yeah, my socktoberfest plans totally petered out, so I have learned my lesson and decided NOT to participate in NaKniSweMo. No joining, no goals. Just knitting.

Those green poms are great - surely you'll be sharing an FO now?

3:40 PM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

Love the green colors. Sigh...you always knit with the most beautiful colors.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

It might only be one sock, but that is one serious sock - I can image that it would take for ever to do! They are very lovely and you'll be wearing them in no time :)

6:34 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Pomatomus knee-highs, wow! Who cares if they're not quite done, it's still such an acheivement of sockish goodness.

And Twin Peaks, boy that takes me back. I'll never forget how terrified I was the night I found out who was Laura's father. Still gives me chills...

Have fun on your field trip. Make sure to prepare a show-and-tell for us. I can't wait to see!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Almost knee-hi Poms! I'm leery of starting a regular height pair.

Twin Peaks is so much fun. I figured out who killed Laura when it first came out. My family didn't believe me and were stunned when I was right. Ha!

Enjoy your field trip!

12:27 AM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Nice socks!

Ya know, Twin Peaks was filmed where I live. The cafe is in my lil ol' town!

2:14 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Socktoberween - I like that!

UAE for Christmas? amazing - I am so jealous. I wonder if I should have stayed with the archaeology...

8:32 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that will be one amazing Christmas!!!!

seems like Soctoberfest was a bust for a few people this year - me being one of them! just bad timing....

12:57 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

man, i LUV those socks. so close. even unfinished, they are gorgeous. and twin peaks--now that brings back memories. have a fun trip.

8:14 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

This is all, all so awesome! The socks! The Twin Peaks! The research trip! Can I have your life?

10:32 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

nice pomos. and wow, that trip sounds like it's going to be amazing.

btw, have you ever seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vftf8TTve4s

cute. :)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

It couldn't be coincidence that the new socks match the Twin Peaks box so nicely (at least on my work monitor). I love that you made them tall, too! They look terrific.

I was just outside the Peabody two weekends ago. No time to go in, alas. But I hope you have a great time!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Every time I see a version of the pomo socks, I just fall in love. For some reason I'm under the impression that its a difficult knit, though I'm sure I could figure it out - it looks mighty impressive though and your socks certainly don't disappoint. They're really lovely - knee high will be fab.

Hey, I've been over on etsy trying to figure out how to get to your soap site and no manifestation of "athens" "soap" "good" or "works" gets me to you - will you email me and tell me how to find you? I'm obsessed with early holiday shopping and I want to get the goods before the rush!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Neuroknitter said...

Your Poms are beautiful!! I love the Twin Peaks photo!!! I'm inspired to watch it again!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous barefootrooster said...

I heart Twin Peaks! I seriously considered being the Log Lady for Halloween. Maybe next year...

Gorgeous blog. I agree: knitting staves off (perhaps) inevitable insanity.

8:14 PM  
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