Saturday, August 14, 2010
Summertime Socks & Knitting on the Beach
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.