Mud Plus Wool Equals Good

Here’s a testimonial to hand knit wool socks, in case you ever need one.    For those unfamiliar with mud season, and the power of mud to say, suck the boots right off of one’s feet, here’s a cautionary tale.  Don’t be lazy, tighten the laces on your boots.


I was out at the barn, walking in the nearly ankle deep combination of mud and manure in the pasture — not deep at all in mud season terms — when I took a step that left one of my boots behind.  I’m not sure exactly what transpired, or what laws of motion and physics were at play.  (It all happened so fast, doc.) There I was, ankle deep in mud and manure wearing only my hand knit wool socks, my boots several feet apart from one another, and several feet away from me.  I must have shrieked, because some friends came running, then began shrieking themselves, falling on the ground, laughing.  The horses were totally uninterested in my predicament.  I stood for a few moments trying to choose a course of action.  I decided the best thing to do was keep walking in my socks, grab the boots, then get in to the wash stall.  I left the socks on, and hosed my feet off until the water ran clear.  Put my boots back on, and had warm comfortable feet the rest of the afternoon.  Of course, it was about 58 degrees, so hardly freezing, and the boots are insulated.  Nevertheless, this wouldn’t have been as successful with cotton socks, I’m sure.  Testimonials available to those skeptics who say when they see you knitting socks, “You know you can buy them for really cheap at Target.”  And no, the boots do not stink now.  The interior is nice and clean.  Love that wool.

Although I may be a loser in the grace department, I am a still a winner!  Look at the beautiful yarn I won from the fabulous Knititch‘s contest.


It’s organic laceweight singles, enough to make an enormous shawl, from  Garthenor Organic Yarns in Wales.  It came with the spinning oil still on it, and I was anxious to see how it felt, so I immediately washed and wound one of the balls.  Gorgeous, and it still smells a bit of lanolin.

I’ve been burning the midnight oil at work.  No, all government employees don’t disappear at 4:30. I have to tell everyone from the president to the janitor it seems, what we  plan to do with the stimulus funds and no bonuses are involved, rest assured.   Some work involved a trip to Washington DC where I bought this locally dyed yarn by Woolarina at Stitch DC.  I’m thinking Lace Baby Cardigan or Overlap Sweater.  Isn’t that a cute tag?




13 responses to “Mud Plus Wool Equals Good

  1. Having grown up on a farm, I can just picture the mud event…

    Congrats on your win!

  2. You remind me, I need to look into getting a pair of said boots (have the socks already thanks, and yes, I know I can buy pseudo socks at Target, but no thanks). Mus season is about to hit hard here too. Tomorrow is doomsday with rain forecast for the next 10 days. We may drown. Maybe I should get some water wings to go with the boots.

  3. That would be Mud Season and not Mus. *sigh*

    Oh, and for the record, I would have laughed myself silly. :0)

  4. Thank you for the giggle on a tought Monday morning.

    I too have been thinking about another overlap sweater. The lady across the street just had a baby boy.

  5. I REALLY like the rug you displayed the wool on.

  6. Didn’t anyone have a camera to document it for the blog 😉
    Great testament to the power of wooly socks!

  7. This mental picture gave me a large chuckle today – thanks!

    When D used to do work with migratory birds nesting in the mud flats along the (tidal portion of) the James River, he had an undergrad who helped him. She was a really nice gal, very bright, and eager. She also probably outweighed Mr Bony Moroni by 60 pounds – She got out of the canoe and got her boots stuck in the mud, and then fell out of them, and then got herself stuck, and OMG – he almost killed himself trying to be gallant and get her out of the mud.

  8. I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking my coffee when I snorted just then 🙂 (Also glad to know that I’m not the only person who does things like that!) I will definitely be passing on that testimonial the next time someone mocks my socks. Heh.

  9. I remember such mud incidents from my childhood, with the heavy, black Dakota mud that could suck any shoe or boot off your foot.

  10. Oh how funny…

    I’d pay good money for mud right now. We got more snow on Sunday, and more is coming tonight. Ugh. Oh for a lovely warm muddy day!

  11. Are you going to dye your prize yarn or knit it as is?

  12. We’re in slush season here so I’m with you on the wool socks!

    Gorgeous yarn, love to see what you’ll get out of that laceweight.

  13. I know this is a late comment but this post makes me think I should try to knit socks which i have never done because of the size of the needles…

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