What is UP with Oregon drivers?
Here in Oregon, it is a completely different story. Bill tells me it is because the fines for speeding are so high. That makes perfect sense, but what makes people feel the need to regularly drive 5-10 mph BELOW the speed limit? The freeways in town have a speed limit of 55, but people often toodle along at 50, 45, 40... There's no bad weather, there's no traffic in front of them. Do they just enjoy driving so much that they want to stretch it out as long as possible? And even in the fast lane I rarely see people driving over 60.
In a way, it's kind of nice. If I just want to chill out and not worry about driving like I'm in Daytona, I can. However, when I'm running late, and I'm supposed to be picking Sydney up from preschool in five minutes, people driving 30 in a 40 mph zone really baffle me.
The other thing that really boggles the mind is people who put studded snow tires on their cars as soon as the season starts and keep them on until the very last day. In the city. There are nice grooves in all of the roads around here caused by people driving around with their studs. They're not supposed to drive on dry roads with them, but if you have studs in the city, it's impossible not to. The really sad thing is that Portland will have a snow/ice storm maybe once or twice a winter. Yes, if you get stuck away from home in the snow, it's a hassle. But does that really justify tearing up the roads all season, just so you can get home in the off chance the you get stuck in the rare storm? I'll forgive you if actually live up on Mt. Hood or in the gorge somewhere where you do get snow regularly. But people in Portland with their studs - it's just wrong.
Okay, am I becoming too judgemental lately? Speaking of which, I'm looking at the picture for today in my 365 pattern stitches calendar, and there's a big boo-boo in the swatch (an extra hole between the 2nd and 3rd repeat from the bottom). What is up with that? Wouldn't you think they'd take 1/2 an hour and reknit that swatch? I suppose after knitting 364 other swatches, they might be a bit tired of swatching. But it's so glaring!
On that note, let's get on to some socks.
Choomon knit some lovely twisted socks for her daughter. I was wondering how this yarn knit up, since I have some, and I think it looks great (esp. for little girl socks)! These are some brownie point socks.
Quikeye has some brownie-point socks, too - a loverly pair of Wyverns that she knit with some Kool-aid dyed yarn. I love the color, and the pattern is fantastic! Great job!
We have a new knit-alonger, Virtuella from Norway, who knit up a wonderful little two-colored baby sock. It doesn't get any credit for the KAL, but it's so cute I wanted to share it with all of you.
We currently have 103 knit-alongers (if my count is correct)! Thanks for making this such a fun event. Keep those January socks coming, and if you look at the sidebar you will notice that I've added little *s for those of you who have brownie point socks. I don't give you a star for your lettered sock, but any extra socks that you make, you can get a brownie point star for! Quikeye gets the props for the most brownie points so far!