Another week, another pair

I finished a pair of socks last week and am wearing them today.

I started another pair. Will I get to wear them next week?

Since this is the first in a pair and I’m just starting the heel, it’s possible I will finish the pair this week. However, Saturday looks to be busy. There are several cemeteries to find and visit. My boss is such an enabler, by the way. He told me of several that I’ve never visited.

Plus, Vishous is insisting I spend quality time reading  reading him. ::sigh:: My Kindle is so demanding, isn’t he? With good reason. This summer is about reading fluff — murder mysteries, romance, nothing too heavy or too taxing for my brain. And I have lots of fluff to read right now. I’m in the middle of the Sullivans series so I need to read the rest. Fun but formulaic — as any good romance is, really. You do not want to read a tragic romance. I also stay away from “poignant” right now. No weepers, not sad endings.

And definitely no Agatha Christie. Nothing where I wrack my brain trying, to figure out whodunnit, only to have the author throw in a clue from the murderer’s early childhood that the reader was never told about so there is no way to actually guess the solution. I hate that more than weepy endings. In the summer, just happy ending and fluffy bits so I can kick back and relax.

There are some anthropology books of sorts — having to do with funeral customs — and a couple on the scientific findings from the tests done on the Shroud of Turin. Those will wait until cooler weather or until life stops spinning out of control. Cooler weather will undoubtedly come first.

Over the next few months, my pre-orders will start being delivered directly to Vishous. I love getting those emails when I wake up in the morning, letting me know a new book is there. All I have to do is turn V on and wait maybe 30 seconds. Viola! There’s the book! It truly is magic.

A friend of mine returns from Israel next week. We have ballgames to attend and movies to see. And Shoppies! There will be Shoppies as well. For those of you familiar with training dogs the Woodhouse way, think of her calling “walkies” and you have the right inflection.

Another friend and I sit at a coffeehouse, drink our lattes and have a nosh while knitting. I don’t get any reading done there at all. We are too busy talking.

While reading Vishous, I can knit as long as I’m not doing a complicated pattern so socks are good. I can also throw in some TV time as well. Now if I could figure out how to read or knit while weaving …

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.

Colony Collapse, Center for Disease Control and knitting socks

I have colony collapse disorder (CCD) on the brain. And too Center for Disease Control (CDC).

I was reading a sock pattern and it says “k2, p2, k3, yo, CCD” … say, what?

So I read it again. “k2, p2, k3, yo, CDC” … that’s still not right.

What it really says is k2, p2, k3, yo, CDD” for “center double decrease”. I guess we’ve done a few too many stories about colony collapse and H1N1. Not in the same story, of course, since I doubt swine flu has anything to do with bees. Anymore than it does with knitting, come to think of it.

When the whole “swine flu” thing hit the news, our unit started getting calls from students and parents alike. I thought if I got one more call asking if they could continue to eat pork, I was going to respond “Not if you keep kosher.”

I guess that’s why the CDC and media now try to refer to the strain as H1N1 — so people don’t associate it with pigs. Parents were concerned that the dining halls would serve pork and their child would get swine flu. They have much more to worry about if Johnny or Susie get sneezed on, share a drink, kiss or use someone’s pen than if they eat pork. Unless, of course, they keep kosher.

Now I’ll get back to CDD and try to keep bees and swine out of it all.

Yarn Harlot and knitted socks

I was reading Yarn Harlot’s blog today. (Yes, along with reading her books I read her blog!) She knit a pair of socks for a friend and did something too cool for a fellow knitter! http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2009/08/14/dear_tina.html

So it got me to thinking about socks I have knit for people. One woman requested toe socks. After I knit them for her she complained they were uncomfortable. Ok.

Most people say thank you and that’s that. This is the reaction I always expect.

Alex, however, gave me a far different reaction. She emailed; she texted; she showed them to her mom, who in turn oohed and awed over them. Alex wears them on special occasions or when she wants to feel good in a trying situation. She treats this as though I did something amazingly special for her. All I did was knit a pair of socks with love.

Alex is a friend of mine I first “met” on line. Later we had the good fortune to meet in person. Since then I’ve seen her a handful of times. She lives in Germany and I live in the States.

Alex and I keep our friendship going but there are weeks that go by when I don’t hear from her or her from me. Yet I know she’s there, living her life in Germany as I live mine in the States. There’s something I find very cool about that.

When I offered to knit the socks I got her foot measurement and then chose the yarn very carefully. I knit the socks, all the while thinking of Alex putting them on and what she would think.

I used Opal yarn. Made in Germany and returned to Germany. A gift of warmth and friendship to be worn by a German woman I rarely see. There’s something amazing about that.

In search of …

THE perfect sock pattern for a particular yarn. It’s such a lovely hand-dyed yarn — Blueberry Patch by Spinning Bunny. I can’t wait to start using it! I have two colorways and I know I’ll be making socks but I need just the right pattern.

I want a pattern that is nice to knit, won’t take all my concentration and will show off the yarn nicely. A Cookie A. pattern — such as Monkey — might be a good choice. There are also some patterns in her book and in some magazines that would be nice as well.

I also have a project in mind for some of my Imagination yarn. A friend of mine bought me a skein of Wicked Witch. That’s enough to do a sock with or a scarf. I’m thinking about doing a pair with the toe and heel of one in Wicked Witch and the body in Frog Prince. Then do the other sock in the reverse. I’ll do these in Monkey because solid Alpaca is a little too warm. I have to do lace.

I think I might also buy some Mermaid Lagoon to go with the Looking Glass I have. I really love how buying sock yarn isn’t considered adding to stash. That’s a yarn stash rule and one that cannot be broken! I’m sicking to that story!

Oh!!! Maybe I’ll do the entrelac socks out of the Blueberry Patch!

The search must continue until I finish the Monkeys on my needles. Then the rubber hits the road and I have to start with that yarn!

Lacy Bed Socks from Romantic Style? Traveling Stitch Leg Warmers (turned into stockings) from Knit So Fine? No. I’d need another skein at least and possibly two.

::digs through book, magazines and web pages::

Plaited Points? Hedera? Diamante?