Stupid Sock Creatures

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at our local Barnes and Noble rummaging through the clearance books.  One book caught my eye.  It was Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy.  I was intrigued.
I bought the book.  At a couple of bucks, why not?  Besides being an utterly hilarious book, Murphy provides concise and clean directions on how to create your own stupid sock creature.  Now, I’m not the best at following sewing directions, but I managed to eke out my own sock creature.  See him here?  His lips and legs are screwy, and not quite in line with Murphy’s creatures, but he’s not bad for a first attempt. 
Besides a being a sock creature creator, Murphy also sculpts, writes and is a great cartoonist.  In the back of the book is a comic featuring some of his creatures in a hilarious adventure.  My favorite is Jordan.  My creature is based off of Jordan’s pattern.
Stupid Creatures is Murphy’s web site, and has a new sock creature book coming out in October.  I will be buying it.  He also has a few other books available for sale, as well.  Look at the t-shirts, too.
Oh, and I haven’t figured out a name for my sock guy yet.  Any suggestions? 

Cutting into my Knitting

I did something bad.  I cut into my knitted work and it wasn’t for steeks. 
And I don’t regret it at all.  I got the final product I wanted out it, so I wasn’t all that naughty.  Most knitters, myself included, cringe at the thought of taking scissors to an FO.  In this case, I wanted a particular result and I didn’t get it the first way, so I grabbed my scissors and took the plunge.
Mi’raj Shrug sans band.

I completed my Mi’raj Shrug last Monday in the car on the way to the beach with my husband.  It was also our seventh wedding anniversary, but I just felt like putting that it because, why not?  Anyway, there is an optional band you can knit for this shrug, and I took the option to do so.  Now, I had tried on the shrug WITHOUT the band and it looked lovely, so I though the band would be a nice finishing touch.  Either I didn’t do something right, but it didn’t.

When I had finished completed the band from the picked up stitches in the inside circumference, I tried it on.  The band made the shrug too narrow for me to wear.  I did manage to get it on, but The Hubs had to help.  And I couldn’t take it off the shrug by myself, either.  If can’t take on and off a casual piece of clothing without assistance, there is something wrong. 
Rather than stuff the shrug in a trashcan at a rest stop, I decided to go back to what I had originally had:  a nice, comfortable shrug.  I grabbed my travel craft scissor and cut.  It was a terrifying experience. 
I managed to cut that band off.  I couldn’t unravel it because I had bound off and woven in my ends.  I would’ve had to have cut anyway.  I cut that bad boy off right down to the original edge where I had picked up my stitches for the band.  
Bingo!  I chopped that band off!  I had my shrug back and did it in the most unthinkable way possible!
I do not wish to do something like that again.  I should’ve listened to that little voice in the back of my head saying, “Leave it as is!” before I started that band. 
Would I recommend this pattern?  Yes!  It’s cute and fun to knit. Would I recommend knitting the band?  No.
This was a strangely exhilarating experience, and not one I care to repeat.