Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A sock and some planes

Did you know that knitting needles are prohibited on flights out of the UK? At least on Delta? It's true!

And that, my friends, makes for one exceptionally long flight from Edinburgh to Atlanta (I was much too tired to knit on the Atlanta-Charlotte flight). It's an 8.5 hour flight and I'd finished my book (Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, which is great but not... exactly uplifting, so I wasn't in the mood to re-read just yet), and there wasn't anything good on the tv, so... erg. In retrospect I probably could've gotten by with my bamboo needles, but it wasn't a risk I was excited to take.

So! Knitting news! Yes. I finally finished the first of the stupid arch-shaped stockings. The bottoms were a little tricky because there are no pictures of them in VK, and no description of how they should look. So I faked it and it works, so yay!

The toes, however, are a little square, and I'm not entirely sure what to do about that. They're square in the magazine pictures, too. The other thing is that I really don't want to undo any of the sock unless I absolutely have to.

I started its mate on the flight to Edinburgh (where needles were allowed), and it's going... slowly. I would knit in the evenings while Shell and I were watching tv (she was a goddess and let me stay with her), and she asked how long socks like that would take me to knit, and I realized that boy howdy, I really am a slow knitter.

But I keep reminding myself that I'm a process knitter. I'm doing this not for the final product, but for the love of wool on needles.

It's become my mantra when I peruse knitblogs.

You should, um, make believe you can't see those loose ends...

I wandered into a few places-with-yarn while I was in Edinburgh. Frankly, there's not much there. There's John Lewis department store which carries Rowan and Debbie Bliss and so on, and there's Jenners, which carries Rowan and Debbie Bliss and so on. Decent, but not thrilling. There's also HK Handknits, which looks decent but doesn't seem to carry anything I couldn't find in the states and was a good hike from where I was staying, so I passed on it. Besides, I have enough projects on tap to get more yarn (HAH! Lies. I always need more yarn).

Maybe I should move back to Edinburgh and start a yarn store...


knittingphilistine said...

Your stockings are amazing and beautiful. Despite how it may appear on my blog, I have a huge secret. I'm a slow knitter, too. While most people knit all quick-like because they knit continental style, I don't have a very efficient technique at all. So when people say "wow, you're such a fast knitter!" what they don't know is that it is usually because I've shrugged off responsibility and spent far too much of my day plugging away at whatever I'm knitting. Back to the Arch Shaped Stockings... that first one really is gorgeous.

Janice in GA said...

Wow, that looks FABULOUS! Congratulations!

grace said...

The stocking look fabulous! And yeah, I think maybe you're on to something about opening a yarn shop in Edinburgh.

flwrhead said...

I want to know how you got that last shot - that's some tricky photograph!

Great sock, btw. ;o)

Tanya said...

Gorgeous, I love these socks. That is some mighty fine knitting going on there!