Thursday, October 4, 2007
For thirty-six years I have been a knitter. My grandmother taught me when I was eleven years old, and I would knit dishclothes, afghans, etc. At nineteen I knit my first sweater. There has never been a time in the last thirty-six years that I did not have something on knitting needles. Even when knitting wasn't in vogue, you would find me happily knitting sweaters to give as gifts, or for myself and family when it turned cold. For the first time in all those years, I just knit my first pair of socks. I don't know why I never did it. It could be the yarn selection for socks just didn't catch my eye. But my LYS has a very large amount of sock yarn currently, and there was a color of Colinette's Jitterbug that I couldn't resist. And so I knit my first pair. And now I'm addicted. I have now purchased enough different kinds of sock yarn to keep me knitting socks for years. I can't go into a knitting store now without checking out what kind of sock yarn they have. I have to say, for a project to knit in public, they are perfect. I have a small clear plastic knitting tote that is large enough to hold my sock knitting project. It's easy, portable and it now lives in my car with my current pair of socks in it. I think about all the years I hauled around huge knitting bags with whatever my current project was and I wonder what the heck I must have been thinking. From now on my project of choice to knit in public will be socks.