I was inspired today by Anne Hanson’s blog because she blogged about my hometown, Philadelphia, including lots of pictures of the sock she was knitting that traveled with her. I had a lot of fun on knit in public day last summer taking pictures of a sock I was knitting with lots of people as I knit it in public. I realize it’s not an original idea, but it is true that I knit socks everywhere I go these days. There is something about knitting a sock where I travel that informs what I do there, or at the very least, strikes up a memory in me. The sock becomes a part of the place.
I travel a lot. I would say I travel every other weekend, sometimes more, sometimes less. My family of origin is in Philadelphia, my almost in-laws are in Naperville, Illinois, and I live in Urbana, Illinois for the time being while I finish up my PhD. My fiance and I love boardgames, and we travel to gaming conventions fairly regularly. As I mentioned, I am an academic, and I travel to 2 to 3 conferences per year. So my socks really do travel everywhere with me.
I was recently talking to a friend about public life and blogging. I don’t want the world to know about everything that happens to me, and I feel like the mundane of my life is rather boring and not worth cataloging. However, I think my sock knitting and travels are pretty interesting, and since I love hearing about others’ sock knitting and traveling, why wouldn’t I want to blog about my own? Thus, a new blog.
On the needles right now I am working on 2 pairs of socks. I had this bright idea to knit socks for our wedding attendants. I am love in with both of these pairs, both designed by Cookie A. For the first pair, the pattern is Cauchy and the yarn is Madelinetosh sock in the colorway Thunderstorm. I love this colorway because of the way the blacks, blues, and greys mix together.
These are the pinkish colored socks (you will learn I’m not so brilliant when it comes to naming colors). The pattern is Marlene and the yarn in Bugga! in the colorway Dragon Millipede. Bugga is my new favorite yarn. Besides the gorgeous colors, it is so soft because of the 20% cashmere, and all the colorways are cleverly named afters bugs.
I will soon post more on my wedding and socks. My wedding is May 22, only 40 days away!