I am well started on the seaman’s hat. It’s going to be a three-night job, rather than the hoped-for two, but that can be endured. “Tapestry” – 70% wool, 30% soy – is turning out rather slippery and I’m glad not to be embarking on a major project. But I think it will be cosy and comforting at sea, and the colour is perfectly manly. Pic soon.
And I am increasingly excited about the sock-knitting project I have talked myself into. Daisy (comment yesterday), I have downloaded and printed – seven pages – Yarnissima’s “Brainless” pattern. Thank you. I gather from some of the comments of the many people who have knit it, that it may come into the O-easy-for-Leonardo category – but that’s the whole point here: challenge!
yesterday), I don’t need to relieve the tedium. The tedium is the whole point.
I am sure I have told you often before how sock-knitting has entirely relieved
me of the Fear of Flying. To the point that, on my most recent flight – which
may well remain my last-ever – to my nephew Theo’s wedding in CT three years
ago, I didn’t get much knitting done at all. Beverly
In my mother’s later years, after she had stopped travelling, I tried to visit her twice a year and usually managed it, in a state of abject terror when aloft. In 1996 we both went, to celebrate her 90th birthday. By that time, I was on-line and had discovered Patternworks and Socka Colors. I hadn’t knit socks for ages but I took some sock knitting along, in the greenish shade often called “teal”, and knit my husband a pair.
That was before 9/11. Knitting in the air was no problem. The relief of anxiety was astonishing.
Ever since then, I have kept socks on the go for travel and waiting rooms. As we recently saw when my husband was carried off to a&e with ominously low blood sugar due to not having come to supper when he was summoned. He was flat on the floor, the house was full of ambulance men and kind neighbours, provision was being made – by the neighbours – to provide me with a well-charged mobile telephone. All I had to do was pick up the Designated Knitting Bag, and I did it. I got quite a bit done, that night.
Wooden sock needles, and a severe mien, always sufficed me with the airline authorities. I had trouble with a Virgin Atlantic stewardess once, while aloft post 9/11. I had her call the chief steward. He said, “Those are cocktail sticks, madam. Go on knitting.”
Once or twice, I have introduced patterns, but I much prefer round-and-round. Maybe under the influence of Gibson-Roberts I’ll move on to leg-shaping.
I could almost wish away my two madelinetosh projects in order to get started with my sock-year – perish the thought!
[An interesting essay could be written about historical events important enough to be referred to only by their date. It is Shakespeare who has made “the Ides of March” a by-word for us, but the Romans,
at least, used it too, often referring just to “the Ides”, or “the glory of the
Ides”. He was anti-Caesar, delighted by the assassination. I sort of think the
French have lots of such dates. We Anglophones have got the Fourth of July and
the Fifth of November. During the war, December 7th, the anniversary
of Cicero Pearl Harbor, had such a status,