Friday, July 13, 2012

travel knitting

As is well documented, socks are my go to for travel knitting. Whether its when I'm in the passenger seat going to work with my boss two days a week, or Friday and Sunday trips to and from the cottage - socks are easy - I use a plain vanilla, no pattern, afterthought heel, so nothing more than a tube with a toe sock pattern, meaning I am fully engaged in any conversations in the car. So I can brief my boss on what's happening in my department, or talk to my husband and son as we catch up on each other's lives, and what went on during the week. It took a while for my boss to realize that my brain could be fully engaged on work issues while knitting a sock - he still finds it funny sometimes. My husband and son are used to it, and find it odd when I'm NOT knitting.
You'll see two different socks on the go - this is standard, as I stagger them, so as not to have to worry about toe decreases, or ribbing, if possible. The red above is a cotton stretch, knit with 56 stitches on 3.25mm needles. Soft and cushy, these are favourites of many of my girl friends. The yellow and black swirly stripes is Tofutsies (50% Superwash Wool/ 25% SOYSILK brand fiber/ 22.5% Cotton/ 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!) from SWTC yarns. Fun and comfortable, the cotton makes it easy to knit in summer. For this thinner yarn, I use my standard sock recipe - 64 stitches on 2.25mm needles. These socks will probably go in the gift bag, with a potential recipient already in mind. The colours are the same as my son's school colours- black and gold - so I see a teacher gift this Christmas!

1 comment:

Knit and Purl Mama said...

That's so nice that your boss gives you a ride to work twice a week! I agree, conversation knitting is handy to have!