Monthly Archives: June 2008

Killing Time

I’m going to try an experiment.

I’m keeping one sock project in my purse at all times.  I am going to work on them only during “waiting” times.  I wonder how long it will take me to get them done?

This is my progress after yesterday, worked while waiting for the free summer movie theater to open, waiting before and during piano lessons, and while waiting for the kids to finish their free bowling game.

I’m expecting more progress this weekend as Sean and all the children are in a wedding.  I’m the Ellie-wrangler, so I’ll be at rehearsal, but with no other official duties.  🙂

Posey

I thought I’d share some pictures of this very interesting sock in progress.  The pattern is called Posey, it’s free, and can be found here.  The sock is made by knitting little mitered squares in rows for the leg and the top of the foot.

When all the squares are done for one sock, it looks something like this.  I had to modify one section to fit my short feet.  Doesn’t look very socklike, does it?  But with a simple seam…

…you can now see the shape of sockiness.  I’m working on the heel flap now.  This is a great “new things” pattern, because not only am I diving into the addictive world of mitered squares, but I’ll be learning a new way to do the sole of a foot with an existing top, and I’ll also learn how to do a picot hem for the top of the leg.  Good times.

The yarn is Twisted Fiber Arts Kabam! in the Talon colorway.

Knitting in Public

There’s an interesting thread on Ravelry all about crazy things non-knitters (muggles) say about knitters who are doing their thing in a public place.  Some of them are hilarious, including the “ya know, you can get 6 pairs of socks for $7 at Walmart” and “you’re going to hurt someone with those sharp pointy sticks!” and my personal favorite, “would you please stop doing that…you’re bothering my child.”

I haven’t really had many comments.  I’ve had some interesting looks, but not really any comments until about a month ago.  We were camped out in a primo spot for an outdoor concert, and I was knitting 2 socks on one circular needle. There was a group of people nearby, including an older couple…I would guess in their late 60s, early 70s.  The gentleman stared at me for at least half an hour before finally asking “what are you doing?”  I told him I was knitting socks.  “Hunh,” was his reply. His wife, however, jumped in and gave me an interesting glimpse into her knitting life. She didn’t care much for knitting, and told me she had to be really inspired by the beauty of the pattern to be willing to knit.  I tried to keep up the conversation (chatting with strangers is not my forte) and mentioned that I enjoyed the process and the productivity…I like knitting most anything.  This made my conversation partner think less of me.  I got a positive scowl as I was informed there was no point in knitting potholders or dishcloths or anything else that wasn’t breathtakingly beautiful (defined by her as having lots of cables).

I hope my socks recover quickly without much emotional scarring.  They clearly did not fall under the category of “breathtakingly beautiful.”

Why no update?

1. I’ve been doing some sample knitting for a friend on some lovely yarn that has not yet been released, so I couldn’t take pictures.

2.  I’ve been doing some pattern-writing that is not yet ready for public consumption…I hope it will be soon!

3. I’m still on the first of those Fair isle mittens. They’re like the darkest of chocolate…verrrry satisfying, but you don’t want too much at once.

4. I’m close to done on another project that is really nifty and I want to save pictures until the end.

and finally,

5. The natives are taking over my knitting:

I came downstairs one morning to this.  Seriously.