I don’t fly anywhere, so I don’t need to worry about having a project to knit on a plane, or whether they’ll confiscate my knitting needles at the gate, but I do occasionally travel as a passenger by train or car, and it’s nice to have a portable project to bring along for the ride. A basic plain jane top down straight knitting sock pattern fits the bill for that perfectly. The last time I was on the train, I was knitting these socks. A friend brought me back this yarn from Ireland (if you google King Cole Zig Zag sock yarn, you may find it – this place delivers worldwide for quite reasonable rates but I have yet to shop there) and it is the softest, most wonderful feeling sock yarn. The colors make me think of citrus fruits, so I call them my Citrus Socks. I was VERY impressed with how soft this yarn got once it was washed.
So, anyway – back to the train ride. There I was contemplating getting out my sock project when another woman sat down with a big tote bag stuffed full of her latest baby blanket project – plus a couple of others she’d already finished. Interesting how one person’s version of “portable project” can be very different from another’s, heh? One of the other passengers sat next to her and she started explaining the difference between knit and crochet. I’m still a little surprised that most people don’t know the difference between the two. I never did get to chat with the fellow knitter on the train, but it made me happy to discover another traveler with knitting needles.
As for these “Citrus Socks” I actually enjoy the colors “pooling” like this. I know it really bugs some knitters to have this happen and they go to great lengths to avoid it. I think it’s kinda neat. I have another skein of this to knit, and I think I’ll use a pattern that does play with the colors a little more. The Jaywalker pattern is a really good one for that purpose.