Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Blocked!


There it is! Rosemarkie in the process of being blocked. Spoot, our dear tabby cat, is peeking over my shoulder to see what I am doing.



This is what it looked like this morning. The hat came along in the middle of the night to keep the vest company. Now all we need is Meg to model everything. I can hardly believe that it is 99% done. Just some steeks to tack down and several buttons to sew on.

This morning, I went back to knitting up the first Leaf and Tendril sock on the train. I have to admit, I missed toting around the bulky vest in my bag, even as the sock pattern came back to me quickly.

In the microwave line today, some fellow who had obviously seen me knitting before decides to start up conversation with, "Gee, have you been working on that sock all winter long?" Yeah, that big vest that I had on US 1s? I wasn't actually knitting it; I was merely staring at it in the hopes that it would grow. Even if it had taken me all winter to knit half a sock, what kind of conversation starter is that? That's essentially like saying, "Gee, that's taking you forever!" So I made an executive decision to not engage in conversation with this guy by simply answering, "No." After several more equally probing questions of this nature (followed by equally terse responses), he took the hint. He even left our microwave line for the other one!

Some people comment about what I'm doing to the person sitting or standing next to them instead of me, essentially pretending that I can't hear them. They are generally comments (like "I'd never have the patience to do that"), but sometimes they are questions phrased as open-ended statements. "I wonder how long it takes to knit a sock" is code for, "I'm curious about how long it takes you to knit a sock, so if you want to speak up and tell us, that'd be great!" Another one is "They say that knitting is meditative." The real question is subtle. "Do you find it meditative? Have you heard this before?" Seriously, folks. I'm a nice guy, I speak English, and I promise I won't bite if you address me (even if you are the aforementioned person in the microwave line).

The best comment I've ever received about my knitting was from my dentist. He walks into the office, and I am sitting on the dentist's chair, knitting and waiting patiently. After the usual friendly greeting, he exclaimed, "You wouldn't believe how many male patients sit here and knit while they wait for me to show up!"

11 comments:

Aprilynne said...

You remind me of my brother. Obvious contempt for stupid questions, hehehehehe. He's a super nice guy, too, but he can really slap you down with a simple raise of an eyebrow. It cracks me up.

Pumpkinmama said...

The vest looks fabulous - can't wait to see it on a body. Great job!

Brent said...

I like the way that the vest turned out. Congratulations.

Sockbug said...

The vest looks great! I am jealous! So, how many men *do* sit and knit while waiting for your dentist?

meg said...

You need to hang a Stitches in Britches flier in your dentist's waiting room!

Aidan said...

As you know, I had surgery on both feet last Saturday. With the upper half of my body safely shielded from the action with a sterile drape, I sat happily knitting a on a sock. I thought there was some cosmic right-ness about knitting someting for a part of my body I was having cut up.

I think my podiatrist thought I was crazy. But then again, who doesn't?

Kenny said...

Wow, Rosemarkie looks terrific!!! You have been working on it for a while.

I don't get much of an opportunity to knit in public, but yeah, there are some people like that out there!

Thorny said...

OMG! It looks AWESOME! I can't wait to see it live!

Kevin said...

LOVE the hat and the vest! Just awesome!!

Wannietta said...

It's wonderful, gorgeous, stunning!! I am in awe of your skills.

lala and gleen said...

Impressive - love the pattern!!! Now we just need to see it on someone to capture the full essence of such a spectacular project.
Keep on knitting!!!
Lala
www.lalaandgleen.com