Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summertime Socks & Knitting on the Beach

Our family was invited to spend a week in South Bethany Beach, Delaware this month.  The house was right off the beach, an easy walk to & from the ocean.  This meant carrying picnic lunches was easy, & so was running back to the house for the forgotten drinks.  Day one I fell asleep under the umbrella, but by day two I was rested & ready to break out my beach knitting.
I saw one other knitter that morning, a 9 year old who had just learned to knit the day before.  She was blazing her way through a garter stitch scarf on size 10 needles, & it looked pretty good.  Her aunt, who had taught her to knit, was nearby with a giant pair of sunglasses & a magazine.
I loved seeing so many people reading on the beach. Not a laptop or 'mobile device' in sight.  I guess there's no service on the beach.   I did see ipods & a couple of kindles & readers.  Most of them were carefully sealed into ziplock bags.  I thought I'd need a plastic bag for my knitting, but I used a small project bag instead & it worked out fine.
So, what did I take along for my beach knitting?  NOT the giant worsted weight, fair-isle cardigan I'm making for my August sweater-of-the-month! SOCKS, of course!  I cast on a pair of socks in a limited edition color way from Whorled Peace.  They're a gift, so pictures will be along in a few weeks.  I didn't get a lot of knitting done while we were on the beach, but there was one good stretch when I was sitting alone under the umbrella watching the waves & knitting.
Rather than carrying along a pattern, I'm just making up the socks as I go along.  Nothing fancy--I used the surprisingly stretchy cast on, a simple 2 X 2 rib for the cuff, & the leg is a K3,P1 rib.
We're home from the beach now & I've turned the heel & have the gusset under way.  Sock number two will have to be worked fairly quickly as I want these to be done by the end of the month.  What I'd give for another week knitting at the beach!


  1. So honored to hear you took Whorled Peace yarn with you to knit those socks. Sounds like a wonderful relaxing time! Wait until you see the new medium weight sock yarn I've just finished painting for Lancaster Yarn Shop...and a great new surprise pattern to go with it! I am knitting up a sample right now and it looks so beautiful! I will deliver it this week!

  2. Can't wait to see the finished project of course. Glad you all had fun at the beach, great place to put yourself in another state of mind. Nice! Janet