January 16, 2009
With ski season coming up (my ski season, that is—I know those of who are fortunate to live near mountains have been skiing for some weeks now), I need to get some travel knitting lined up. Socks are good—the yarn doesn’t take up much luggage space, and making a pair keeps me occupied for way longer than a typical trip lasts—so I’ve been pondering what pattern to make with the Plymouth Happy Feet I wound on my new swift last month.
After spending time on Ravelry looking at the socks other people have made with Happy Feet and the sock patterns I’ve favorited, I’ve narrowed my choices down to three, all of which seem uncomplicated enough to do in a distracting environment like an airport gate area:
1. Show-Off Stranded Socks (link is to someone else who made them because the designer has the pattern only in PDF and I don’t like to link to PDFs because they take too long to render). I would do these toe up and use a short row or heel flap so that makes them simple enough to travel with.
2. Slip Up Socks (again linked to someone else who made them because the designer has the pattern buried on a page with a bunch of other stuff). These are the front runner right now.
3. Grasshopper Twists, which might need to wait until I’m not traveling, because I can’t make sense of the “k2tog leaving the stitches on the left needle, knit the first of these stitches and then drop both” part of the instructions. Maybe if I try it with yarn and needles something will click but right now I’m all “huh?” First of which? Both of what?
I’ll probably put off deciding until I do a gauge swatch. Why rush? In fact, I could put off doing the gauge swatch until our first trip; a couple extra pairs of needles are nothing in comparison to all that equipment I’ll be packing for skiing anyway. In the meantime I’ll work on my not so portable projects and pat the yarn occasionally in case it has something to tell me about what it wants to be when it grows up.
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