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.

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