Okay, okay, let me explain!
First off, I love Oregon. If I ever leave this state, it's going to be feet first. Even though I've only lived here a year, I feel like I'm finally home. And so I was snarking about the slow drivers here in an affectionate manner, kind of like I rag on my husband (who is my favorite person in the whole world) for leaving our halloween pumpkin on the front porch so long it turned into a bizarro science experiment and started dragging property values down in the neighborhood. So I sincerely apologize, anonymous Oregon commenter, for ticking you off.
And you are right - the drivers in my home state of Minnesota are horrible. I hate the thought of driving on the Minneapolis freeways every time I go back there. Yielding is not socially acceptable there, and boy do people like to tailgate. At high speeds. In blinding snow. And y'all can't get mad at me for saying that because I used to BE one of those crazy people. I have to say, though, the worst driving I've ever seen had to have been in Atlanta. Yielding is common and expected there. The problem is that people often just pull out without looking, expecting others to yield. Which is fine if you see them, but not fine if you don't! The Atlanta freeways were notorious while we lived there for these huge fiery wrecks with multiple fatalities that would shut traffic down completely for hours. I think there was an average of one fatality a day or something ridiculous like that.
Oregon is so much better than either of those places. I don't mind California drivers, either, since they generally seem skilled (I guess that's what happens when you spend three hours driving to work every day). However, now that I've been in OR for a year, I am really happy with the less frantic pace here. I rarely find myself in the left lane anymore and even when I am, I don't feel like I have to drive 90 to avoid getting in anyone's way. It's much more relaxing and I don't feel like I'm taking my life (and my children's lives) into my hands every time I get behind the wheel.
That said, I guess the point of my earlier rant was the people who drive soooo slowly around here. Not at the speed limit - I am more than happy with people who drive the speed limit and have turned into one of them myself, for the most part. But the people who toodle along at 40 in a 55. Or 30 in a 40. I just wonder about them. What are they thinking about? Don't they have anywhere they need to be? Do they just enjoy driving? Perhaps they're concerned about fuel economy. Enquiring minds want to know! In another year, I'm probably going to be one of those people.
Well, I hope that makes my position a little more clear (and a little less irritating to you, gentle anonymous reader). I love Oregon. Okay? Okay!
Now for some socks.
New knit-alonger Cece finished a pair of January Jaywalkers. No J for this month, since she joined too late, but she will get a little brownie point!
Linda finished up a gorgeous pair of Yukon Leaves socks. She just started a brand new blog, so git over there and give her some comments, dagnabbit!!!
Persnickety Knitter gets a big ol' J for these lovely Log Cabin socks. I am loving that pattern!
Amanda gets a brownie point for her Rumba socks. Very nice!
Abigail finished some totally funky Hot Socks for her son's best friend (aka Glamour Girl - the friend, not the son). Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the prize for February. It's making me wish I was entering myself in the drawing! Thanks, doll!
Jennie finished ANOTHER pair of Jaywalkers. She entered too late to get her J, but she's going to get another brownie point!
Ragan posted a pic of her brownie point socks, which she knit for her daughter. Too cute!
Sarah's January socks are an amazing pair of knee-highs that you HAVE to see. I don't blame your mum for stealing them. I want some!
Finally (I think that's all of them - whew!), I have Jen's January Jaywalkers!
I'm posting her pic here because her DF just lost his grandfather and she didn't feel it appropriate to be talking about socks on her blog immediately after. Please send some thoughts and/or prayers her way. And no, those aren't Jen's hairy legs in the picture. Even tho' they are pink, these Jaywalkers are for her DF.
Okay, if you're still reading this ridiculously long post, I have more for you. First, I'm done with the crazy last-minute Knitty design. Karen is hosting a little FO-along this week and said I could get credit for this if I blogged about it, even if I didn't show pics of it. So there you have it. I'm quite happy with it, and it got rave reviews at my knitting group last night. Please, Amy, please please like it! I'm just going to keep submitting stuff to you until you accept something, so you may as well get it over with!
I also got some fantastic news in my e-mail inbox yesterday - Knitter's is buying one of my designs for the summer issue! Yahoo! I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed at all this stuff that is getting accepted (and all seems to have a deadline of March), but it's a good problem to have. Fortunately, Chris is going to help me out and knit one of my samples - a little pair of socks for Quick to Knit Gifts. Now I just have to get the pattern written and find the yarn (which should be easier than it's turning out to be)...
And now, back to work. I have two hours before the kiddies come home and about 16 hours of work I have to do. And all I really want to do is curl up on the couch with my Jaywalkers and watch last night's Bachelor: Paris. Sigh.