Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tricoter/Tripoter

Monkeys in STR Sunstone
You know it's time to think about packing it in when the crazy guy in the public park (where you are doing your FO photo shoot, because it's right across from your hotel) stops his ham-fisted rant about the One World Bank and the Endtimes to sheepishly ask you "Hey, what are you doing?" in a very well-mannered, even reasonable tone. Why, I'm taking picture of socks that I made, why do you ask? NOW who's the crazy one?
Monkeys in STR Sunstone
The Socks That Need No Introduction are finished and I am predictably quite pleased with them. The Socks that Rock Sunstone color has been quite the conversation piece for me as the color seems to attract onlookers droves. "What a gorgeous color!" has been frequently heard as I have been working on these solidly during the past week. It kind of reminds me of my twenties when I used to read the comic book Eight Ball in public and get propositioned by nerdy guys on a regular basis. Such a great pick-up strategy, don't you think? Sadly none of them were old enough to drive, and barely-legal wasn't really my thing anyway...but I had a good thing going there for awhile.
Monkeys in STR Sunstone
The Specs:
Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in 'Sunstone'
Needles: HiyaHiya 1.5 circs
Time: Feb.-June 2008
Monkeys in STR Sunstone
I worked on these during breaks and work stoppages from the correcting I have been doing. One of the people who stopped to admire my knitting was a very gracious French woman who noted that she wished she's learned to tricoter (knit) so she too could have something to tripoter (fiddle with/fondle). The word can also have a slightly dirty connotation, like to feel someone up. Besides the obvious phonic and graphic similarity of these two words, there does appear to be a semantic link as well. It seems to me that it is this notion of fiddling/fondling that does contribute to the appeal of our little hobby.
The tactile sensation of knitting is in my mind one of its greatest appeals. It just feels right to have a little something soft between the fingers, doesn't it?

38 comments:

Philigry said...

beautiful! yes, knitting soothes my soul.

Orinda5 said...

I totally understand why you had gawkers when you worked on these - they are lovely!

Editrix said...

Your Daniel Clowes appreciation is yet one more proof of your coolness. Oh yeah, and the socks are awesome, too!

kim said...

Another fantastic post. You never fail to teach and amuse. Great socks!

Sonya said...

That really is a gorgeous color.

Denise said...

Very nice indeed. You're very brave taking pictures in the park ;)

Yarnhog said...

I knit to keep from twirling my hair, which drives my husband crazy. I've done it all my life (the hair twirling, I mean). I just love the feel of fiber between my fingers.

And yeah, when the crazy guy in the park thinks you're weird, it does give one pause.

Sereknitty said...

Beautiful socks, beautiful photos!

wazz said...

right with you on the tripoter semantics. Love the sunstone colour.

castingaway said...

I agree with Kim...I can come to your blog for knitting p0rn AND some interesting information! Thanks!

Lora said...

I want to Tripoter with my tircoter baby!!! Very informative post!
BTW, Thanks for the Louisville Pics in the previous post! I stumbled on your blog today and it was a welcome site to see pics of home!! The Knit Nook is an awesome little store! Can't wait to visit it this summer when we travel to KY for a visit! :)

SJ said...

Gorgeous! Is it dirty if I say "Je voudrais tripoter vos chausettes"?

Beverly said...

I love that sort of play on words.

Sophie said...

Hé hé je le savais que tu étais une tripoteuse compulsive ;-)
Veeery nice socks. How come I haven't tried that Monckey pattern yet ?!? Stupid!

Lolly said...

Loevly socks! and I especially loved the little French linguistics lesson there at the end! Great tidbit :) thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

That colorway is definitely a winner, and Monkeys never disappoint, do they?

My biggest regret in life is not speaking a second language. I wish I had kept of with my French. Sadly, I'm the sterotypical English-centric American.

Ashley said...

Hee hee hee, you feel your socks up. Sock perv! Sock perv!

Karen said...

Tee hee, too funny!!! So hand-knit socks will stop a crazy guy mid-rant, huh?

Sourire11 said...

Oooh the french thing is very cool. I def. knit becasue if I didn't I would fidget. I hate just "sitting still".

Your monkeys are beautiful!

jennie said...

They really ARE a lovely color!

weezalana said...

Those are gorgeous! I can see why you were stopped so often while knitting them! (I myself have a much-fondled skein of Sunstone in my stash, which I love with all my heart.)

Kim said...

Ahh, Monkeys! My very favorite sock pattern. Yours a re gorgoeus and that yarn is a traffic stopper. At lunch today, I was snapping photos of my grilled cheese sandwich but no one paid any attention. That's NYC for ya. Hey, the Sunstone yarn is kinda the color of the cheese in my grilled cheese.

Mintyfresh said...

we knitters can always out-crazy the crazy! lovely color.

Nora said...

Knitting definitely soothes the soul. Lovly socks.

aquaknits said...

Beautiful, beautiful!! No wonder the crazy guy had to stop and gawk. Definitely fondle-worthy too. :)

serenknitity said...

You make me feel like knitting more Monkeys! I'm surprised the guy in the park didn't ask for the pattern.

angelarae said...

Nice! That color is really pretty, too:)

Ang

a friend to knit with said...

love this post. you teach me something every time i stop by!
lovely little socks!

nicole said...

Je suis définitivement une tricoteuse tripoteuse!

And those beautiful orange socks are surely tripotage-worthy!

ali said...

Yep, it feels right...
Lovely socks- I'm sure they'll feel good on the feet too!

Happy knitting-
ali

nova said...

They are, of course, gorgeous. And you are so funny, what with the word play and all.

peaknits said...

Perect timing, with the knitting in public day coming up - taking pictures of knitting in public could be another knitter gathering:) solidarity! The socks are gorgeous, love the colorway!

Strikkelise said...

Ha, I laughed out loud thinking about you and the soapbox man!
Great sox, summery colour, too. Looks a little like orange ice cream.

WonderMike said...

Lovely little French lesson you worked into this post. Love it!

Les chaussettes? Magnifiques!

suzanne said...

Fabulous!

tiennie said...

I love these!!

Knittymuggins said...

I adore these socks!! And what a charming little phrase too ;)

knittymuggins

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

I love your monkey socks! They look like melted creamsicle, very Summery.