I had the oddest thing happen to me on the train. I was working on the diagonal rib sock, happily listening to Cast On, when a woman sat next to me and said something. I stopped my iPod, and said “Excuse me?”. She asked me if I was knitting a sock; I said yes. Then she said “Oh, is it your first one?”. WTF? I was sitting there, not a pattern in sight, clipping along – didn’t look like I was confused or struggling (or maybe my listening to podcast face does look confused!). I responded that no, I’ve knit socks before. She looked at me and grunted. I don’t think she believed me!
She then took out knitting and proceeded to grill me – where do I buy yarn, how long have I knit, what things do I knit. She then, very nicely, said “I’m sure you haven’t heard of this, but there is a fiber festival in NY called Rhinebeck, and then another one called Stitches”. I responded that I, in fact, had not only heard of them, but actually went to both. She asked me what I bought – I couldn’t think fast enough (it was weeks ago!) and she then grunted again (obviously I am a compulsive liar). By now I was thinking that it was a shame that a) the windows don’t open and b) the train was moving pretty fast or I would have contemplated jumping. She mentioned that she was looking for a knitting group – but she doesn’t want one with ….BEGINNERS. By now I was pretty irritated – she told me she had been knitting for 34 years, so I was pretty sure she was lumping me into a beginner and she made it sound like a diseased group of people.
I stupidily (by this time I really should have just stopped responding) mentioned that I’m in a knitting group; she asked where. I told her Hackettstown – and she replied – “Hackettstown? That’s out near Sparta”. I said “Yes, I live out there” and she said (no – really this isn’t an exaggeration) “You are on the wrong train then”. After that, I was down to nodding and looking out the window. I’ve always wondered if knitters were on the train – now I may hide if I see one! The funniest part was that she was working on a scarf – 3 rows of knit, one row of purl scarf. All that slamming of beginners, and she was working on something that beginner’s typically make! (Although I have to admit – it was nice yarn).
OK, so to continue my finishing streak – yesterday I finished Cieara’s glovelets.
Apparently Maggie wants a pair too! Anyway, the pattern is based on Eric’s Glovelets from Green Mountain Spinnery, and the yarn is Rowan Cashsoft (wonderful yarn – really!). The one I finished yesterday is a bit shorter than the first, but I really couldn’t wait to finish it. My model gave me a bit of a hard time, but I convinced her in the end…
Once I finished the glovelets, I went back to the shawl. I’m on repeat 8 – only 15 to go! Its looking great, and I really love the yarn (BlackBunny lace weight – and Carol was nice enough to dye one more skein for me!)
Thanks for all your nice comments on the socks. You’ll be glad to know I’m an idiot, and threw the Canada socks in the wash. Yep – they shrunk. I heard the buzzer on the dryer keep on going off last night and midnight so I got up to turn it off. The first thing I saw was my poor Canada sock – all felted looking. So there I was, at midnight, half asleep, tugging them on so I could stretch them out and make sure they still fit. Its a bit tight getting them on, but they still fit. I guess the “unshrinkable” on Elann Devon does NOT mean washable (not sure what unshrinkable really does mean). Sigh….