Friday, July 10, 2009

Minding my own (sock) business

You know the feeling. You are standing somewhere or sitting waiting for something and suddenly realize that you could be accomplishing something and passing the time in a much more enjoyable state of being. You realize you should be knitting.

The other day, I was in a HUGE line waiting to check out. Now, you might think, yeah right, this is Vermont and traffic and lines like that don't happen very often. Well let me tell you - this line was long. The people in front of me were quoting waiting times of 45 minutes to an hour. I wasn't sure it was worth waiting that long, but then I am suddenly struck by the inspiration that I could knit my way to the checkout counter. Waiting in line wouldn't be a waste of my time if I were knitting. And so ready, set, I cast on.

Apparently knitting socks in public in a long line also makes quite an impression on everyone else in the line. I got so many comments on my little sock that I wish I had a quarter for everyone that asked me a question about what I was doing!

I'm not usually inspired to pick up tiny needles and work on sock projects, but this one is going really well. Of course it helped that just standing in line for about an hour and a half means that I made significant progress. See: Now I'm excited about these socks and can't wait to finish them. I took a break from the first one to start the second one because I want the calf striping to match and I'm almost done with the calves on both socks! Hooray for knitting in public and don't forget your project next time you head out the door!

2 comments:

ladysaphira said...

Lines like that don't happen very often in VT! Last time I was in one was at the post office mere days before christmas. Everyone in that line was jealous of my knitting.

Alex said...

I'm dieing to know where you were trying to check out - that's just nuts!