As I mentioned in my last post, there was knitting at camp. There was crocheting too. And there was knitting that I left at home because I didn’t want sand in it.
These socks were started just before we left for camp, with the thought of needing something appropriate to knit while we were away. As has been documented by many a blogger before me socks are always good travel knitting. Small, portable, easy to pick up and put down, and if they are to be a gift it’s kind of fun to say “I knit these for you while I was sitting on the shore of Lake Erie!” If you’re thinking the pattern looks familiar, I have knit it before. It was quite fun the first time, and still fun the second – now there is a rare pattern. The recipient of these socks (yes they are Christmas socks) likes bright socks, so I thought the yarn was a good choice, but I didn’t want to knit plain socks. Easy socks, but not plain socks. This is a very easy pattern – you don’t need to memorize it, you can just look at your knitting and figure out what comes next – something to consider while you are travelling. No paper to drag around!
As I was packing up the socks I realized that there was some cotton in the bottom of the bag I intended to use. The kind of cotton I like for pot holders. So I made sure I had a couple of crochet hooks and left the cotton where it was. When I got tired of knitting on the sock I worked on this bit of fun.
It is just a granny square on the front and a solid granny square (meaning no holes) on the back. I haven’t blocked it yet, but I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I literally just reached into my bag at the end of each round and pulled out another colour. Granny square randomness at its best!
Finally, the knitting that stayed home. It will be a sweater for Punky, based on the Shalom Cardigan. I fudged the numbers so I could make ti in fingering weight and for a 9 year old. Punky didn’t like the button at the top/leave the rest open idea so I closed it after the yoke was knit to make a v-neck pullover. I am at the black hole section of plain knitting in the round that seems to never end. I’m sure it will… one day…