Socks, socks, stockings

I have been in a sock frenzy for a long time. Socks are an easy project to throw in my bag and carry with me. No one gets particularly upset if I’m knitting socks at a meeting. Since I don’t have to look at what I’m knitting, people don’t get annoyed thinking I’m ignoring them. I can talk and knit, listen and knit, read and knit, watch TV and knit, etc. It helps concentration. I don’t feel as though I’m wasting time just sitting. I was at a conference in Gettysburg last Friday. I didn’t do any knitting at the conference itself, but I did in the van on the way back.

Yesterday, I sat on the porch of Cafe Lemont, drinking tea and knitting with a friend. I have two more repeats to knit and then I bind off for the toe. As a result, one more sock is almost done. I should be able to wear them to the Spikes opening game tomorrow.

The Spike are a short-season New York – Penn League rookie team for the Pirates. The season home opener is one I look forward to every year. This year it’s supposed to be hot with a possibility of rain. I want my Spikes and I want my fireworks. I will not be happy if it gets rained out! I will be starting another pair of socks by that time. I can definitely knit and watch a game!

I have so much sock yarn, the problem is what pair to start next! On Saturday I got six skeins to knit long stockings from the pattern in Joy of Sox. I think I will do those toe up. That way I can try them on as I go. The Sock Knitter’s Handbook is an excellent book. It has become my go-to for methods. I have the pattern from one book, but will use a heel method from the handbook. I also have Cast On, Bind Off for hints on a super-stretchy bind off method.

I keep thinking maybe I have too much sock yarn for socks. Maybe I should weave something with some of the sock yarn as warp. Maybe. I have seen some lovely things woven with patterned yarns. I could use a lighter yarn for the weft. I’ll have to give that some consideration.

Story of my yarn (life)

Yep! This is so me. Originally posted by KnitPicks on Facebook 6/5/12, but this is me. I have so much yarn I can’t seem to knit fast enough. Luckily, with my Kindle, I can knit and read at the same time as long as it’s not a pattern where I have to pay  attention. If it’s socks, after cast on, I’m good to go until the heel. When I used to ride the bus and people would look at me as though I was doing some amazing feat of magic because I would kit and look out the window, knit and talk, or knit and read. It’s not rocket science, people. Truly.

I have to find a way to store the yarn so I can at least move my loom over to the sliding door. I’ve had the loom there in other apartments in the complex and I really like it there. I just have to move some of the yarn out of the way. Weaving will also help whittle down some of the stash so I have room for MORE!

I’d also like to get some shelving so I can organize some of my supplies and tools. I’d also like to get some of my photos around. Maybe some of my special glass pieces.

Make it look like I live there instead of just a place to stash my stuff — what a concept!

Again with the stash!

I’ve been thinking there has been something missing. Like most of my yarn! As I think it over, I tell myself that I don’t have that much yarn out at the storage area. I can’t imagine that I have put yarn where I can’t readily look at it and touch it.

As it turns out I have at least five large bins, at least three small bins and a couple of boxes out there with yarn in them. Yikes! I wonder if I can get the large economy size bag of moth balls. Do they sell the stuff in 20 lb. bags?

I have to get out there and catalog the yarn I have. On the other hand I had some very pleasant surprises. I had yarn and projects that I had forgotten about in the year since I moved.

Yarn and movies

I can’t think of a better combination!

Saturday I went to Delightful Ewe with a friend. What a wonderful day! It started with a stop at Sheetz for latte. The drive was nice and the weather was good. Partly sunny/cloudy at first. Then the sun would break through and it was beautiful.

Ruth had just gotten her car back. It was all nice and fixed and painted.

The next stop was the yarn store. We browsed; we knit; we bought. Like I really need any more stash? And your point is? Besides, 15% of all sales went to Relay for Life. I bought the needle I need for the Magic Loop. I have 2 different colors of sock yarn I can use so I’m all set.

We went to The Meadows for a custard sundae. Heaven or just short thereof! I love that custard stand. While we were in there the sky opened. A total downpour for just a couple minutes. As we came out I noticed the plant shop beside Sheetz is open. I think I’ll have to bring mom down there to take a look.

Then we went to a tea shop next to the yarn shop. My second beverage passion, right behind coffee. I got two types – Earl Grey Winter White and Ice Wine Black. I just had a cuppa Earl Grey. Nice — but not for the first drink of the day. I’d especially enjoy it in the afternoon or evening, I think.

The trip home was likewise lovely. We still had to leave the windows down a bit because of the paint smell but it wasn’t bad.

I was home for about 1/2 hour and had to leave for the movie. A’ndrea and I decided to see Angels & Demons. Ruth was possibly going to meet up with us.

Another good movie! Star Trek last week; Angels and Demons this week. The only thing that really bothered me was the use of the Presence Lamp. Freaked me out and creeped me out! There were some minor continuity problems, mostly between Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons and nothing much in the movie itself. I will probably rent it on video because I really need to see the Hadron Collider bit again. The one possible continuity problem that did bother me in the film was during that part. Talk about “things that make you go — HUH?”

Never say never

I got the yarn for the Christmas stockings. I’ll have to start those before too long since there are to be four of them.

The woman will put the names and the embellishments on them. All I have to do is the Christmas tree and alter the pattern a bit to match pictures I’ve been given. That shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s right before the heel of the stocking.

In the meantime I have sock books coming and more sock yarn.

More! More! Stash! Stash!