Always Be Prepared

I was never a boy scout (because of rather obvious genetic reasons), but I would like to think that I would have been a good one.  After all, I am great with knots, I look damn good in a neckerchief, and I am always prepared.

I’m especially prepared when it comes to my knitting.  I always (always always) have a little stash of emergency knitting.  You never know when it will come in handy,  Maybe you’ve just finished that big sweater you’ve been working on, and you don’t know what to work on next.  Maybe you are halfway through that unending afghan for your cousin Sue’s wedding, and unless you put it down for a little while, you’re going to cut it in half with a pair of kitchen shears out of frustration.  Or maybe you’re stuck inside your parent’s condo, hiding from the stupid cold weather for a week straight after your plane ride home was canceled because of a Polar Vortex freezing the entire contiguous United States (except, for some reason, Seattle).

My emergency knitting project is always socks.  Socks are portable, and require minimal futzing.  No seams to sew, no buttons to mess with, nothing to measure (once you know your sock number).  At home, I have a whole box of sock yarn, ready to be knit up whenever I need a small, useful project.  And, when I travel, I always throw a skein or two of sock yarn into my bag, just in case.

WP_20140108_006(Sorry about the picture quality.  While I was prepared enough to bring extra knitting, I neglected to bring my good camera.  So, you get a photo taken by a potato.)

And lucky I did, too!  I finished the sweater I was working on more than a week before the end of my vacation.  The last few days, I’ve been busy, knitting away on my emergency socks and watching way too much Portlandia with my Mom.   Not a bad way to spend  the Great Snowpocalypse, if I say so myself.

What’s your emergency knitting project?

9 thoughts on “Always Be Prepared

    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      Thanks! It’s from Knit Picks, and the color is “Sprinkle Heather.” In real life it’s got fibers of all different colors: purple, blue, green, pink. It’s really pretty.

      The pattern is my basic Socks by the Numbers, but with some fanciness on the cuffs. If you like, I can totally post it for you. 😀

  1. Dan Zimmer

    Hi Allison This was the easiest way to reach you, because I don’t know where you are today. Grandpa forgot to tell you and show you how much he wears his knit cap that you made a few years ago. He loves it, but I had to put in a nylon liner because of his bald head. Everything else is too itchy. Grandma Z


  2. Sue

    Baby hats to donate! Cute fast and a way to help out at the same time. Win-win!
    Loved the potato line, btw! You crack me up! Thank you!

  3. Kris G

    I must say, I really LOVE that color of purple! Purple socks would rock my world! So sorry you can’t get home, but glad you are getting to spend more time with your mom and dad. And super glad you’re not stranded in an airport!

  4. Helen

    Thank you so much I have so many sock tops and now I can finish the rest of the socks.I understand your directions .I have about six million how to knit socks books and none are as clear as your explanation.I like your humor too,it is humor isn`t it?

    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      I’m so glad my instructions helped you! When you’re done with them, I’d love to see your finished socks!
      (And, yes, it’s humor… or at least that’s what I was shooting for.)



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