Posts Tagged ‘time’

Sock Season

March 23, 2014

Michael played his last basketball game of the season today, so my days of knitting from the bleachers in a warm gym are over for now.

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Given the elusiveness of springtime warmth, I think it’ll be a while before I’m knitting from the sidelines of a lacrosse field.

Special thanks to Kevin who held up the sock so I could get a shot of Michael (#3 in blue) in the background.

 

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Oh The Places You’ll Knit

February 21, 2014

One of the aspects of knitting that I love is its portability. Most projects can be stuffed into a bag, ready to be pulled out whenever you have a bit of time and, for me at least, when your body will be stationary. Movement and knitting don’t work so well for me!

Think you don’t have much time? That’s another magical aspect of knitting; it can transform time. Waiting for the novacaine to kick in at the dentist’s office? That’s time enough to work a few sock rounds.

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Keeping a teenager company as he finishes a paper for school in the wee hours of the morning?

HomeworkSock

How about waiting for x-rays to be developed and a cast put onto same teenager’s wrist? Trust me, I was knitting for a while but couldn’t resist a photo of cast-in-progress.

KRDcast

Or “watching” a blow-out Superbowl game with two nieces, both of whom are new knitters? Nothing finer!

NieceKnits

Add non-driving/non-bike travel (bus, subway, passenger seat, airplane, boat…) and TV or movie watching, and the opportunities are enormous!

Sock Travels

January 21, 2014

While you could hardly say that I lead a jet set life, I’ve had my share of short, turn-around flights over the past few years. Most were work-related as I traveled between Boston and Philadelphia to a client, generally flying down and back in the same day although sometimes with an overnight. Since I finished that piece of work, I’ve not had the occasion to travel much.

Hannah’s role in a musical at a community theatre in North Carolina this month provided me and my Mom the chance to take a brief trip for Friday’s opening night performance. My latest sock (Berroco Sox in Red Multi) joined us. On the flight to Raleigh-Durham, I knit a few inches plus the heel flap.

TravelingSock

The show, 9 to 5: The Musical, was very well done. You’ll have to take my word for it, especially since photos were prohibited and no reviews are out. And, of course, Hannah was terrific. Yes, I’m biased but I know talent when I see it!

When we arrived at the airport Saturday morning, we discovered our flight was delayed two hours because of snow in Boston. One of the great things about knitting is the way it transforms waiting into something enjoyable — or at least distracts the knitter from some of the frustration of waiting. The heel was turned and gusset begun.

TravelingSockHeel

The time-transforming power of knitting was tested a bit when the pilot announced, as we were second in line to take off, that the Boston airport had gone into a “ground delay” and that we’d be waiting for another hour before we left the ground. And he kindly thanked us for our patience, to which Mom said, “Do we have a choice?” She didn’t have her knitting — just a book, one apparently without time-transforming powers.

What really matters is we made it home safe and sound, if somewhat later than expected, AND with a close-to-finished sock as a souvenir (of sorts).

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Bit by Bit & an Amazing Dress

August 8, 2013

WIth my renewed commitment to more knitting and more regular blogging, I’ve been exploring ways to fit these two pleasures into my day.

Knitting at work kind of defeats the purpose of work. It’s not quite¬†at all legit to charge clients for time when, in fact, you’re not really doing the agreed-upon work.¬†Although it looks more like work than knitting does, blogging at my desk isn’t Kosher either.

I’ve yet to find a way to knit while driving although I must confess that much of my excitement at the prospect of driverless cars is actually fueled by a I-could-knit-while-driving excitement.

Keeping my knitting close at hand and picking it up for short intervals is helpful and kind of fun. It makes those inevitable gaps of the day seem less like waiting. Mentally composing a blog post on my morning run or walk is sometimes fruitful — if I can remember to write my thoughts once I get home.

I’m at that point in the crescent shawl where progress is hard to see. It’s too scrunched on the needles to be measurable. At least, I can’t be bothered to do it.

crescent shawl in progress

I think I’ll go for another 3 or 4 inches before binding off. As with most projects, the closer I get to finishing, the more eager I am to be done.

Speaking of projects, my knitting cruise mate Jenny is making an exquisite Icelandic dress (Lopi Lite, I believe). Knit from the bottom up, with two gorgeous bands on the hem, it is going to be a wearable work of art.

Icelandic dress knit in Lopi Lite

What’s on your needles these days? And where & when do you knit?

 

 

 

Coming Together Quite Nicely

July 15, 2013

Once I’d learned how to align the two-colored hexagons in the Illusion Cube blanket, the sewing together progressed pretty steadily and easily. I’d sit and sew a bit, then stuff the whole thing into my bag until the next time. I’d grab my bag when I left the house, just in case I found myself waiting somewhere with a few minutes to spare.

Think you don’t have time to knit? Think again. How often do you sit in a waiting room of some kind? Or on the bus or subway? Or while waiting for someone to join you at a coffee shop? Ever sit behind the wheel (parked, of course), waiting for a child to emerge from a building or a sports practice? All prime time to grab the needles and make a bit of progress.

Speaking of prime time, think of the minutes — or hours — in front of the TV.

But back to the blanket. I’m loving the colors and emerging three-dimensionality of it.

Illusion Cube blanket in progress with 3 rows stitched

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