Thursday, July 19, 2007

Commute Knitting - Or Not

Here I am, in New York, adapting to a new city and a new lifestyle -- and a new commute.

Am sad to report that my commute is very knitting-unfriendly. It's short, which is nice. But I never get a seat, and have to change trains at the midpoint. These factors mean that my reading-while-standing-on-a-moving-train skills have increased, but knitting productivity has dropped.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Just Socks!

My contributor's copy of Just Socks arrived last week. It's a fun little book, with a variety of sock designs both fun and practical. It includes patterns for crocheted socks . This isn't the first time I've seen crocheted socks, but I must confess that I'm still getting used to the concept.

All I'll say is that some designs are more effective than others. I think I prefer crochet that's not attempting to simply reproduce knitting. Crochet is its own thing, and its differences from knitting should be taken advantage of. Crochet can take a couple of forms -- a fairly stiff, dense fabric, or very open and loose lace fabrics. The best designs -- there's a couple of pairs in the book that I think are genuinely doing something great -- use this. I really like the lacey pairs, and there's a ribby colourwork pair that takes advantage of denseness of single crochet.

All that aside, though, I'm proud to see my name and work in print amongst some well-known other designers.

Thanks to Shannon Okey, the book's editor, and congratulations to all the other designers whose work is included.

Friday, July 06, 2007

In need of new LYS

Seeking new local yarn store! My "L" -- location, that is -- has changed.

As of this morning, I'm coming to you from New York City.

It was a tough decision to leave Toronto -- I will sorely miss all my friends and knitting compatriots, my family, all the terrific restaurants and shops. And most of all, The Sheep and Lettuce.

But I heard the siren song of the Big Apple, and I went.... I'll be back, no question. But for a little while, at least, I'll be a New York-based Knit Blogger.

Anyone know a good stitch & bitch event I can attend, to start getting to know the community?

Monday, July 02, 2007

A Pair of Socks!

More to the point, a pair of socks that match.

A commenter on my earlier post suggested that I should just leave them be, that since it was the foot, no-one would see the mis-match. Or that maybe it would be nice to have a unique pair of socks... but then by the end of the comment, the commenter agreed that yeah, the oddness would eventually drive her insane, too.