Friday, August 21, 2009

In sunny Santa Barbara

Got my Addi Turbos through two airports with no problems. At Heathrow, the needles were empty, so I figured at most I'd be out the cost of a pair of Addis, but at my layover in Vancouver, they had 8 hours of lace work on them, so I was quite nervous. Security didn't bat an eye, but I did have a fellow passenger say she had wanted to bring knitting but didn't think she could get needles through.


It turns out, for me, about eight hours is what it takes to get to the edging charts of the Aeolian shawl (I'm doing the smaller shoulderette version, without beads). I've just finished the second set of nupps, and you know what? Those bastards don't show up very well for me- they want to appear on the wrong side.

It's nice to see The Limey, and I had a present for him.



Oh That's Punny!
Yarn: Trekking XXL for the main body of the sock, and I think some Paton's Diploma Gold 4-ply for the words
Needles: my usual 2.0mm dpns for the main sock, with the stranded colourwork done on 3.0mm
Pattern: the body of the sock is basically Kate Blackburn's Hareton Socks, with, uh, a modification at the top of the leg

Notes: A visual pun of one of The Limey's favourite cursewords. I don't even know if other people except he and a buddy from grad school use it. It was suggested during the camping trip in March, and it was easy enough to do, so I did it.

The argyle-y pattern of the socks is great; it's all elegant texture. It would be perfect for a pair of fancy dress socks. If you don't put swear words on the cuff, of course. I did some non-obvious modifications of Kate's pattern as well- I did it toe up, with my usual short row heel.


3 comments:

soknitpicky said...

Naughty! But nice! :-)

travellersyarn said...

Love the socks, and would knit them for my husband, but the 5 and 6 year old kids are learning how to read, and well...

Nothing like knitting to fill the time when travelling. I really don't like wooden needles that much (even the Knit Pro ones), but use them when i'm flying because they don't cause as much soncern when going through security.

Caitriona said...

Good plane knitting! When you were going through security, did you ask if it was ok to take the knitting or just go through security and not mention it? Two years ago, I did the latter and it was grand but last Christmas I made the mistake of asking because I didn't want to lose my lovely sock yarn and was told no chance (the needles I had were 3mm bamboo dpns... pah! More harm could be done with a sharpened pencil). I can't help but feel that if I hadn't said anything I could have walked right through and knitted all the way from Denver to LHR.