I'm setting the sock aside until it decides to behave in a manner more fitting a not-particularly-inexpensive handpainted yarn. In the meantime, I decided to go make some science. I agree with Norma - they do seem to assume blog owners don't meet up in real life or even perhaps *have* much of a real life, aside from IMing people from time to time. Interesting since I have made so many dear friends through my online travels, people I have met many times in person and who I call and visit as often as finances allow. The Internet can expose you to people you never would have met otherwise, and for that I am extremely grateful.