Yesterday, June 13, was World Wide Knit in Public Day. Begun 10 years ago by Danielle Landes, its purpose is to help create a community of knitters by publicly introducing oneself as a knitter. I only heard about KIP a few days ago, though my whole life I’ve knit in public. If it helps other knitters “come out,” as it were, however, I was willing to give KIP a try.
The problem was that I had nothing on my needles that would be good for knitting in public; lately I’ve been immersed in dyeing and weaving projects. But that’s what stashes are for. But what to knit? Socks! I reached for a lovely teal skein of John Q Earth Wear (100g/361m, 85% recycled possum merino blend, 15% nylon) sent to me by Wei S. Leong of Kiwiyarns Knits. (To read about possum yarns of New Zealand, see her post or about possum yarn more generally, see mine.)
I had long had my eyes on Wei Leong’s sock pattern Seadragonus and thought Earth Wear would showcase it beautifully. Problem: I come from a family of women with long (long) feet. I have never been able to knit a pair of socks out of a 100g skein of sock yarn that would fit me. I have to buy 3 skeins and knit 2 pairs – one for me and one for my equally long-footed daughter. Even Granddaughter F’s once dainty little feet (pic from 3 years ago, my foot on the left, her foot on the right) are now now nearly as big as her older brother’s feet.
So what to do? I decided on a pair ankle socks. I took some foot measurements, knit a gauge swatch, and jotted down my calculations for a pair of socks. In order to give my socks a little pizzazz, I decided to use a provisional cast on and then knit on a ruffle.
Thor and I walked to the nearest cafe and I started to knit. No one showed any interest in my knitting, so walked to another public place: Costco (with its Saturday mob scene). We sat at the Costco lunch tables, and I again pulled out my knitting. A few children looked curiously my way, but other than that, my knitting sparked no interest. As Costco isn’t exactly conducive to a relaxing knitting session, after knitting a few inches, we walked home where I continued to knit in peace and comfort.
I pulled out the provisional cast on and knit on the ruffle so I could show how a simple sock – in great yarn – sets it off. (I just may have to knit more ruffled pairs for the other long-footed females in my life!)
While the Knit in Public part of the day wasn’t exactly exciting, it was wonderful – after a several month hiatus – to have needles back in my hands! (By the way, you know what they say about women with long feet, right? They have more understanding! Get it?!)