Monday, August 2, 2010
Sox on the beach...
I'm beginning to understand why so many knitters focus exclusively on socks. They offer a lot in one little package. The patterns are three-dimensional and require no sewing, the work is easily portable, and within small parameters there are interesting technical challenges. If you knit socks with variegated, self-striping, or self-fair-isling yarn, it's thrilling to watch the colors unfurl. If you knit socks that are cabled, argyled, or lacy, your socks will be lovely beyond description. Hand-knit woolen socks feel better on your feet than any machine-made sock you can buy (except maybe for cashmere).
Socks may always be fun to knit, but in the summer they're really pleasant because, unlike the back of a sweater or an afghan, they don't cover your lap with a lot of thick material. And you can easily knit en route to any destination--assuming, of course, you're a passenger.
Our destination, the Charlestown, Rhode Island beach--a.k.a. "Blue Shutters"--was beautiful today. It was our first trip of the season to the ocean.
We were surprised to see a new sign with a list of no-nos, including "rough and injurious activities," "nude sunbathing," "alcoholic beverages" and "glass containers." I infer that tobacco, drugs, loud radios, sandcastle smashing, and working with sharp pointed sticks are all ok.
(Fortunately, I saw only one person wielding sharp pointed sticks, and I wasn't about to report her to the authorities.)