I've decided to name the new sock project Mr. Stripey, in honor of the beautiful stripes that are appearing like magic as I knit--see the progress to the right. I thought that this would be just a variegated, heathery yarn, but these stripes are really really pretty and a great surprise. Generally, when a surprise (or Ueberraschung, as we say auf Deutsch) appears in knitting, it leads to the ripping out or total abandonment of said project, so this is great.
I'm growing a tomato plant called Mr. Stripey that may or may not produce some giant striped tomatoes. You can see the stripes a little on the green fruit to the right, but given that it's starting to feel like Fall in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not sure that it will turn red. The only reason that I picked this plant is that E____ G_____ grew a mighty giant tomato from one a few summers ago, and the name cracked me enough that that I felt I had to grow my own. Sadly, E___ came to visit me when the tomato was ripening, and he met his demise due to overripening and a giant pest of some sort. Poor Mr. "Somerville" Stripey--this sock is dedicated to you.