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Purse Socks

Last weekend, my brother and his girlfriend came to visit us up here in the Pacific Northwest.  It was my brother’s first time visiting us in years, and his girlfriend’s first time in Seattle ever!  So, we spent Saturday being tourists.  We visited Pike Place Market and the Gum Wall.  We ate piroshkis and drank cocktails made with local ginger beer.  We did a lot of driving.

Sure, the driving part is never fun, but when you’re showing guests around your city, you always end up driving a lot. And, that’s where your purse knitting comes in handy (unless you’re the one driving the car.  In that case, please don’t drive and knit).According to my Ravelry page, I started these bad boys back in January.  They’re going slowly, but that’s OK.  I keep one sock in my purse at all times, so whenever I have a little down time, I can break it out and knit a few rows.  I’ve worked on these socks in the car, waiting for food to be delivered at a restaurant, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, and when I get to work before my shift starts.

These socks are perfect for piecemeal knitting- the pattern is super simple, there are no stitch markers to wrangle, no cable needles to lose, and no colorwork to worry about.  The overall pattern is just knits and purls, and there’s really very little shaping (just the usual heel and toe shaping that I could do in my sleep).  It’s a pattern I can keep in my head, without having to keep referring to a chart or a book, and it’s a nice dark color (so it won’t get grimy-looking from living in my purse for months).

I love my purse socks, and I’m excited for when they’re finished (though that’ll probably be in June, at the rate I’m going).  Maybe we should play tourist more often- I’d get more knitting in!

Do you keep purse knitting?  What’s your favorite “in a pinch” project?

Inspiration: Waiting In Line

PAX is officially here!  Woo Hoo!  It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year.   We’ve got a whole bunch of friends that spend the weekend with us (this year, we’re hosting 10 people! Eep!), and we’re going to spend the weekend trying new video- and board-games, eating terrible convention center food and staying up way too late.  It’s going to be a blast!

Although, the one thing that is less than awesome about PAX is the lines.  All the best talks have long lines, and wasting all that time makes me want to pull my hair out.  So, what can I work on while I’m waiting in line?

I’ve got 3 criteria for a perfect waiting-in-line project:

1. It’s got to fit in my purse.

2.  It’s got to be a pattern that is easily memorized, especially if it has lots of stockinet or garter stitch.

3.  It’s got to be pretty and fun (as always)!

Let’s see what I can find:

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho


Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by tante ehm


Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas