Monday, April 24, 2006

Have Sock, Will Travel

I have joined the sock camp. I have to confess that until now the only socks I've knitted were done with chunky yarn from Pattons which turned out a sock that was not wearable with shoes.

What first began to draw me to today's world of socks was attracted by the beauty of the hand-dyed sock yarn. I love the colour combinations people put together to create the lush colours (which is what sent me on a hunt to Lettuce Knits for some of the coveted Socks that Rock yarn). But this past weekend, I experienced some of the larger benefits of the sock phenomena.

Portability
- I pack for the BookCrossing convention in a frenzy of book lust. Box of books to release - check. Socks and underwear - check. Books wrapped in pretty paper for swapping - check. Halfway to Toronto I realized with extreme horror that I had forgotten to pack knitting! How was this possible? What was I going to do during the workshops on Saturday?

Now do not despair too long since, luckily for me, I was staying with a fellow knitter who was willing to let me dive into her stash! Heather generously allowed me to snag some sock yarn and needles so that I could keep my hands busy during Convention meetings on Saturday. (No really, I am getting to the portability part..)

Sitting there in the workshop I realized just how handy socks are. They are small and easily slip into a bag. The double-pointed needles lay flat for storage in a purse. The project doesn't take up a lot of space around one either - unlike a bulky sweater. Wow!

Community - I wasn't the only sock knitter in the room! There were other sock knitters up near the front and they quickly sensed other socks in the room and came round for a look-see. Many non-knitters are fascinated by someone knitting socks. I think it is all the needles sticking out, makes the entire process seem much more mysterious than it really is.

Am I addicted? Too soon to say but definitely I have entered the first flush of romance with this knitting phenomena. And this cute slouch sock with be journeying with me to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival this weekend. Perhaps I will be able to find it some attractive mates to join the stash...

8 comments:

Chris said...

Welcome to the mesmerizing world of sock knitting. :) It happens so slowly that you won't know you're addicted until it's too late.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I wrote a character today who knits; you going to be my technical advisor on her scenes?

Janelle Martin said...

Sure thing Susan! Although chris could easily do it as well. LOL!

Teri said...

Socks, blogging, book to ready...what next? You won't have any time left over to eat! What do you gals do with all those socks?

Teri said...

Hey! I just saw that you edited your template to include Purple Women. Thank you SO much. I shall return the linky love...I am now focusing 100% on getting my blog and my book in order. Have you taken the survey yet?

Janelle Martin said...

Hi Teri,

Yes, I took the survey last night. Thanks for the comments!

Peevish said...

You are so hooked, you just don't realise it yet!

Janelle Martin said...

That's what I'm afraid of - that I'm hooked on socks.

Why is it that my knitting addictions are now involving thinner and thinner yarn?