It’s Chinese New Year today. In Cantonese, the traditional greeting is “Kung Hei Fatt Choy!” It means “Wishing you much happiness and prosperity!”
When this greeting is made to an older person, it the queue for older person (mother, father, uncle, aunt, grandma, friends of parents, etc) to present said young person with a “lai see” packet (or good luck money packet). They are always red or gold, in customary Chinese good luck colours.
Lai see packets can be very beautiful, and some are art in themselves.
As it is customary to spend the first days of Chinese New Year visiting friends and family, this new year ritual was quite a boost to one’s piggy bank when I was younger, and it was the one time of the year when I was particularly excited about to going to visit my father’s relations!! I have carried on the tradition of “lai see” in my household, much to my children’s joy (although sadly there are no other ‘senior’ people to help fill their coffers in NZ). 🙂
So to all of you, I wish you “Kung Hei Fatt Choy”, and may much happiness, luck, health and prosperity come to you in the Year of the Horse.
On to the business on socks now…I am not quite sure how it happened, but I managed to complete three pairs of socks in January. I’ll have to show you the third pair (which I’m very happy about) after the recipient receives them though.
I’ve been thoroughly infected with ‘sockitis’… I can’t seem to stop knitting all the socks!! I meant to start my new socks tomorrow, but appear to have suffered a complete lapse of understanding of my calendar, and have already started them. For February, the following socks are already on the needles:
I thought I’d show you these – they are the plain vanilla socks I’m knitting from the Re-knits I got from Travelling Threads. I feel a bit spacey… socks being created out of an already knitted piece… how cool is that!? See how the socks look completely different once knitted?
The yarn is indeed a little thicker than normal sock yarn, so I have cast on 60 stitches using 2.5mm needles. I think they’ll do fine. I am really loving the feel of this yarn. The silk is adding a very nice textural quality to the fabric. I think that after wool, silk has to be my next favourite fibre for a knitting yarn.
Named after the oldest, greatest and wisest of the Aesir gods, I thought a nice strong colourway would suit the theme for this sock. It’s in Verandah Yarns’ 100% NZ merino sock base in the colourway Cromwell. It fits the bill perfectly. I’m also very happy that Sally has re-opened her etsy shop again and am looking forward to more satisfied purchases from her once I knit down more of my sock stash!
The sockitis bug is so strong that I have been rendered incapable of knitting other things for long without quickly returning to the pretty socks… let us see how long that lasts! In the meantime, I’m humming through the sock stash quite nicely. Which is a very good thing as there are so many other lovely New Zealand sock yarns out there that also need a place in my home! 😀