While knitting in public one has to overcome a fear of speaking to strangers or being unashamedly stared at. You pull a knitting project out of your purse or bag and someone is bound to start talking to you. They are curious about what you are doing or they want to tell you all about great aunt so-and-so who used to knit them sweaters for Christmas. Knitting in public lends itself naturally to bridging the gulf of unfamiliarity so, if you don’t like chatting with strangers or evoking strange stares, you may want to leave your knitting needles at home. You most certainly don’t want to use your five double point needles to knit with because they, not only strike fear in the hearts of mankind, but attract blatant stares from all ages!
I don’t mind chatting with strangers about my knitting and actually enjoy doing so. Yesterday, while knitting as I waited for a doctor’s appointment, a complete stranger said, “I didn’t think people did that anymore! I only thought our grandmother’s generation knit.”
Unabashed, I proceeded to tell her that I was quite addicted to knitting and took my needles with me everywhere. And, that I was looking forward to an afternoon of visiting various knitting stores to enhance my stash. I told her that I was unable to watch television without needles in hand. I thought about telling her that I was practicing knitting in the dark so that I could take my knitting into movie theaters but stopped short with the words formed on my tongue. I told her that I had a blog where I talked of nothing but knitting and just as I was about to give her my blog address I became acutely aware that many of the words I had been tossing around sounded like the language of an illegal drug trade!
When I saw the strange glimmer of suspicion in her eyes I started to wonder if this innocent observer might suggest a twelve-step program for my “addiction.”
“Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am addicted to sock knitting.”
Oh wait a minute! There is a program for this very addiction and it is a group called Sock Knitters Anonymous (Ravelry) and their one goal is to help you deal with your addiction to yarn and knitting socks. Which brings me, at last, to the reason I’m writing this post and the reason I about to show you all these photos of yellow yarn…….
The Sock Knitters Anonymous group is kicking off its new year with a MYSTERY SOCK designed by the infamous Nancy Bush. Now I am not a huge fan of knitting mystery items but, seriously, how can one go wrong with Nancy Bush! Ms. Bush has designed this sock specifically for our group and the clues will be released throughout the month of September. The other September designer is Wendy Johnson known as the Toe-Up guru of the sock knitting world. You can choose either or both designers but the socks must be knit in YELLOW.
YELLOW? Who has yellow yarn or wears yellow socks? What a wonderful stash enhancement exercise! The yarn I will be using is Lorna Lace’s Shepherd Sock in Firefly. How fun is that?
Shepherd Sock – Firefly
And as if the Nancy Bush Mystery Sock is not enough to tempt you to jump in, here is the 2009/2010 SockKnitters Anonymous schedule:
The Sockdown: Ravelry! Schedule 2009 – 2010
- September – Technique: All knit with the same color (Solid or Semi-Solid Yellow)
Designer: Wendy Johnson Mystery Sock Designer: Nancy Bush
- October – Technique: Holiday Stocking/ Man Socks/Knitting for a Cause
Designer: Jeannie Cartmel
- November – Technique: Mosiac/Slipped Stitches
Designer: Chrissy Gardiner Mystery Sock Designer: Star Athena
- December – Technique: Almost Socks/Leftover Socks/Stashbuster Socks/Stripes/Self Striping Yarns
Designers: Kirsten Kapur/ Kristi Schueler/ Hunter Hammersen
- January – Technique: Texture Other than Rib/ Beaded Socks
Designer: Nancy Bush Mystery Sock Designer: Debbie O’Neill
- February – Technique: Underappreciated Patterns/Entrelac/ Intarsia
- March – Technique: Lace
Designer: Janel Laidman Mystery Sock Designer: Kristi Geraci
- April – Technique: Designs from an Online Magazine
Designer: Cookie A.
- May – Technique: Cables/Traveling Stitches
Designer: Cat Bordhi Mystery Sock Designer: Cookie A.
- June – Technique: DYO, Vintage Patterns
Designer: Stephanie van der Linden
- July – Technique: Stranded/Colorwork/Fairisle (Including Nordic/Scandanavian)
Designer: Ann Hanson Mystery Sock Designer: Chrissy Gardiner