Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"m" is for

..."make" someone happy AND "mystery" socks!

i want to make someone happy by giving away a copy of the joy of sox! here's the deal. leave me a comment ON THIS POST telling me the strangest thing you have in your knitting bag and why it's there. i keep a small superball in my knitting bag. it's perfect for sticking in sock toes while you are trying to even out that little kitchener graft! strange but it works. or if you are more normal than that, you can leave me a comment telling me why you think you deserve the book or how/why you got into sock knitting. once upon a time, i honestly did think it was strange for people to be hand knitting socks!

deadline for posting a comment will be tuesday, september 15th! us residents only, this time. sorry. please leave me a way to contact you should you be the lucky winner.

and the final clue for the carefree mystery sock kal went out over the weekend. so i can share some pictures with you.

my pattern still doesn't have a real name...
kind of like the empress of fantasia in neverending story

it's a mystery sock
pathetic, huh?!


crystal palace yarn - panda wool (ultramarine)
us 1.5 (2.5mm) needles
i love them but i only wish i had added some sparkly beads

hummingbirds
6/20/09

i kept wondering when they would get cute!

90 comments:

Debi said...

I don't think it's strange but it's certainly unique and I LOVE mine (and use it A LOT!!) It's called a Page Up:
http://www.coolsafetyproducts.com/site/898652/page/720995?gclid=CKuBitLe4pwCFZQM2godxlZfZQ

I use mine everyday and everyone who sees it wants one! It's great for holding your pattern/chart while taking up minimal space.

Cathy said...

I had wanted to try sock knitting for awhile after I first learned to knit, but whenever I went to yarn stores to check out their sock yarn, there was usually only a small selection of scratchy (to me) wool yarn. A few years ago my non-knitting mom asked if there was anything I'd want from a yarn store that was in a shopping village she was going to be visiting. I told her that if she could find some soft non-wool sock yarn, I would like some.

Lo and behold, she bought me 2 skeins of Panda Cotton in Faded Jeans. It was the softest, prettiest sock yarn I had ever seen! I knit my first pair of socks using Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch and I was hooked! I've been knitting socks pretty regulary ever since.

Lois said...

nothing too strange in my knitting bag....maybe a good book!! always wanted to make socks but my knitting store lady said.. WHY???? she had a small place... no sock yarn. no help. When she passed on I decided now was the time to learn. I bought those "sticks" and tried to make a circle. just wasn't happening so I took a class... first pair of socks cost me $105... EEEEKKK.(that's ALOT) but it taught me all I needed to get started. that was a year ago and now it seems all I make is socks!! I love the almost instant gratification. AND I get to wear something handknit everyday!well in the winter anyway. I would love to have a sock book. don't have too many of those!! I can be reached as Loique on ravelry.. .thanks for listening. Lois

|chee-uh| said...

Nothing terribly weird. I think the oddest thing right now would be a bobby pin – for holding hair or yarn. Why I like socks? It’s like dim sum to me, which literally translates to “a bit of heart.” I like that you can try so many techniques and patterns in a small project. Just about everyone seems to enjoy the feel of socks too. Plus sock yarns can be any crazy colour you enjoy – without one being mistaken for Bozo the Clown (in larger garment of the same colourway).

munkiknits at yahoo

Katie K said...

I got into knitting socks for several reasons. The yarn is lovely, and since socks only use a skein or two, I can justify the expense. As soon as knitting a part of the sock gets boring (I'm easily bored), another process takes its place. And it's fun to match the yarn to a pattern.

What I've seen of the book so far looks fabulous.

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Book? How'd I miss that? I'll need to re-read your previous posts as I must've skimmed over them too quickly. Gotta buy one, for sure!

As for strange little things in my knitting bag, the only one I have is my little toy nun from Tina's Nunchuck kit that Irishgirlie gave me. It's entirely useless 'cept to bring back memories of my first BMFA RSC Sock Camp when a bunch of us starting talking about growing up in Catholic schools.

debi's place said...

I have a package of peppermint tea in a frog shaped container. This tea sends off a wonderful smell everytime I open the frog. This smell makes me smile thinking of the good friend that gave me both the frog and the tea.

Nautical Knitter said...

I have a 35mm film container filled with dog treats for my little Ebby girl. She is my chihuahua that joins me when I knit in public. Not sure what draws more attention, my knitting or Ebby. Sometimes, when I have the right bag with me, she is in the bag too...LOL

Enjoyed the mystery sock a lot, can't wait to finish it and post photos of my own. Thanks! Deborah

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh, that is a gorgeous sock! Beautiful pattern :)

At first I thought I had nothing odd in my bag, but then I remembered that I'm carrying around a Tit Bit (from Knitty) that I knitted recently for a friend who needs one, because I'm looking for the right stuffing; I've gotten a few strange looks when I pull it out to get to other things in my bag...

skaro964 said...

I have multipl knittng bags and baskets, I have a cronic condition called UFOitis. It depends on what the project is for what I have in my bag or basket, But I always have a first aide kit with bandaids and mics. first aide items.

Http://www.tinyurl.com/handmadebysheri .

Jackie said...

The oddest thing I have in my knitting bag is a small flashlight. I use to when the lighting isn't the best and I need to check my knitting. It's come in handy several times!

Mary said...

I have a little pillow 2X2 inches. A knitting friend of mine gave it to me at knit night and it has been in there now for about a year. I also have a bunch of closed gold rings from a bead store. I love to use them as stitch markers. They don't snag the yarn. I saw one of the ladies at knit night knitting socks two at a time on two circulars. So I wanted to learn to do that. After knitting my first pair of socks, I quit wearing store bought socks and have knit many more pairs since.

auntien said...

My knitting bag weighs a tonne. I just checked and right now there are 4 projects. 3 circs with nothing on them, not sure why I'm carrying those; tin of yogenfruz candies; a novel; my spare camera lens; a bottle of water; about a zillion mini skeins for my sock yarn blankie; and a rubber dog bone...I have no idea why that's in there.

auntien said...

Won't let me edit, but in my previous post, this is also my Rav ID.

Ursula said...

The weirdest item in my knitting bag is a plastic bread bag clip. I've used it to hold the needles together when knitting magic loop and the circ is too short. It helps keep the side I'm not working from stretching too much. Worked in a pinch! Don't know where the idea came from but as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.

I've knit 2 pairs of socks up to now. The first 10 years ago left me ambivalent towards sock knitting. The second, finished 3 weeks ago finally lit the fire. Can't wait to start the next pair!

abijtaylor said...

I keep a spare car key in my knitting bag. My husband never knows when he will finish work, so when he calls to be picked up, I just grab my knitting bag and go. Then if he suddenly gets busy, I can sit and knit!

My ID is my ravelry user name.

Anonymous said...

The strangest thing(s) in my knitting bag are those plastic things that hold the end of a loaf of bread closed....not the twisty ties, but the square-ish ones with the little slot in it.
When I cast on for something like sleeves that I know will need to be seamed up later, I leave a long tail to use for seaming so that I have less ends to weave in later, and I wrap that length of yarn around the plastic piece so the tail isn't in my way while I knit.
When I'm finished knitting, I unwrap the yarn and, voila, I'm ready to sew the seam!
~Annie (QTKnits on Ravelry)

Katrin said...

Oh I LOVE the Neverending Story! Time to read it again. You should absolutely name that pattern "Mondenkind" (if I recall the name Bastian gave her correctly)!

Sad face :( that I can't enter your contest, as I'm in Germany, but I'll tell you anyway how I came to sock knitting: I inherited my Grandma's needle collection and I just HAD to use the DPNs for something and at that time , I didn't wear hats at all!
So I went out and bought a knitting magazine that had socks in it and got knitting.

malia said...

Honestly I got into sock knitting because I'm kind of a knitting pattern whore. I'd say at this point I have almost as many patterns as I have yarn. There were so many pretty patterns out there for socks I just couldn't resist.
As far as weird, on occasion I keep bobby pins in my knitting bag. They work as Knit Klips when it is time to seam and as a tapestry needle in a pinch.

Malia (aka knittinginthedark)

Marlitharn said...

I keep one of those little folding booklights in my knitting bag, which isn't so strange by itself, but when I'm knitting something small in a low light situation I stick it into my cleavage so the light shines on the knitting, which some people might view as strange!

Marlitharn on Ravelry

kate said...

The strangest thing I have in my knitting bag is a thimble that belonged to my great grandmother. I know thimbles are for sewing, but whenever I see that I think of my connection to generations of women, creating things to keep family comfortable and happy. I got into sock knitting because when I first started knitting my grandmother challenged me to knit a sock. She said that it wasn't hard- or is wasn't any more difficult than anything else you had to learn. I can't stay away from a good challenge! (RAV ID katecreates)

Carrie said...

Tied to the inside of my knitting bag is a "good luck charm" I made to try and help sell our condo a two years ago. It is a wooden disk that I put on a picture of St. Joseph, a little house sticker (because we were looking for a house while selling the condo), a picture of a bulldog (to go in our house), my lucky number (7), my husband's lucky number (13), a picture of a four leaf clover, and a picture of a rabbit's foot. It was buried in my couch (since I couldn't bury St. Joseph in the yard we didn't have). The condo has since sold and we now have a house. The collage charm is now filled with memories and makes me smile. Thus, I keep it in my knitting bag where I can see it all the time.

Sharon Rose said...

Darn! I just found you and I'm too late to join the KAL - that sock is gorgeous!

I am getting into socks because I need to do something with all those skeins of handpainted sock yarn I couldn't resist. :) Also, I needed to make some kilt hose for my long-legged Scottish husband. :)

Turtle said...

i also at first though i had nothing strange in my knit baggie but then when i just looked inside i had to giggle.I have a small knit penis chapstick holder that i received from spinknitup. The chapstick is a wonderfully smooth peppermint and the holder is quite realistic! I haven't had anyone offended...yet! (smile) it almost always brings at least a grin, sometimes a little blush when folks spy it.

Marie T said...

The strangest item I have is a little plastic Pikachu (Pokemon figure) on a jump ring. It could almost be a stitch marker except it's a little large, and I think the yarn would get hooked on his little arms too easily.
I love the pictures of the baby hummingbirds. We have hummingbirds in our yard but I've never seen a baby one.

Destiknit said...

The strangest item in my knitting bag is nipple cream - and I no longer nurse my children - I use the nipple cream, which is 100% Lanolin, to moisture my hands just before knitting. My hands love it and my yarn loves it, too :)

I love the Carefree Mystery sock and am patiently waiting for my yarn to arrive so that I may begin them. Thanks!

Kristen said...

The strangest thing in my knitting bag is a set of earplugs, but I can't remember why they are in there. lol.

Jean said...

The weirdest thing I have in my knitting bag are those little tiny elastic orthodontia bands that my daughter used to use on her braces. They are good to use for stitch markers or to keep sets of needles, like DPNs, together. Thanks for the chance to win the awesome sock book with your pattern in it. BTW, your blue sock pattern is beautiful. I wish I was part of the mystery sock KAL for it. Is it too late to join?

Jean in Maine (Rav ID)

LilChickadee said...

I keep my iPod in my knitting bag. Any music with a good beat is soothing while knitting!

I started knitting socks as a way to kill time between classes and while in waiting rooms. The perfect portable project!

My Ravelry ID is: LilChickadee

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

Well, I suppose the oddest thing I have is a roll of adhesive tape - I use it to put on a place on my hand that seems to get sensitive after I knit for quite a while. Anyway, I love socks & even if I don't win the book I will still love them - face it I am just addicted to socks (dare I say it a sock 'ho'?????)

Susie said...

I don't know how odd it is but definitely not the norm. I have my Kindle in my knitting bag. I send my patterns to my Kindle so I don't have dozens of papers floating about. Great contest!

ZuZu said...

I have post it notes for keeping my place in my patterns. I think that's my strangest thing. Lame, isn't it?

Kathy said...

I had to go to my knitting box and check it out. Nothing really odd. I do tend to keep my old retired PDA in there. It has Microsoft Word & Excel in it and I'm able to download patterns and charts for knitting on the go. I also keep a tin (looks like an Altoid tin) but it's from Disney World called Pert & Perky Flavor Minnie Mouse & her Friends Peppermints....no mints left but it's great for holding my stitch markers, scissors and Chibi!

I'm Woolyeyes on Ravelry & I'd love this book! I've been knitting socks like crazy for years, I love to try anything new.

Laurie said...

The strangest thing currently in my knitting bag is Manny the Mammoth from "Ice Age". The toy, not the 'real Manny' lol. I am a care provider for 4 little boys and I try to have an emergency distraction aka a toy of some sort close at hand at all times, which allows me to get a few stitches in on whatever project I'm currently working on.

sprite said...

I keep nail clippers in mine for cutting yarn. Maybe that's not all that weird...

Stacy said...

Nothing majorly "odd" but the oddest I guess is some dental floss. I use this for a lifeline.

dmop said...

The strangest thing in my knitting bag is a tiny orange traffic cone keychain. It's in there because another knitter gave it to me and it reminds me of the wonderful worldwide community of knitters.

dmop on Ravelry

Hannah said...

The strangest thing about my knitting bag is that I keep knitting in every bag I have so I can knit everywhere I go. It fits in well with the 2nd part about knitting socks; one reason I love to knit socks is that I can bring them everywhere with me and knit them in almost any situation. I love knitting socks!

chanala on ravelry

J.D. Collins said...

I'd love to win a copy of "The Joy of Sox."

What's more joyful than socks?




JD Collins

jocowriter@gmail.com

Morrighan said...

Hmmm... well, my knitting bag also doubles as my purse, but the strangest thing in there would have to be the happy meal toy that is baby Ronald McDonald on a tricycle... I have an 18 month old that goes with me to knitting group on Tuesday mornings ;D

You can contact me on Ravelry- Morrighan

StephCat said...

I don't have anything particularly strange in my knitting bag....

I started socks because sock yarn is so pretty....

Jenn said...

OK, I have 2 weird things in my knitting bag. First, I always have a pair of nail clippers in there, for clipping yarn. They don't take those away on an airplane! The other thing is only a once-in-a-while knitting bag guest-- a maraca. My son likes to take off with my darning egg, so I stole one of his maracas for kitchenering my sock toes.
--JenntheNurse

The Sheep Geek said...

I... keep DumDums in my knitting bag. You know, the little lollipops that are only 15-odd calories each?

I started carrying them about three months ago, shortly after I quit smoking. I'd been doing really well with kicking the addiction... and then I saw The Mistake. Not just any mistake. Oh no. The scary, glaring evil kind of mistake that means ripping back past the heel on a sock that is nearly done.

My friend was sitting nearby, watching, when I threw my knitting down, and yelled, "GRAH! It's ruined! I need a smoke!" She handed me a DumDum, without a word.

Needless to say, I am still smoke-free 3 months later. :D

Veronica said...

Strange things in knitting bag....well, I have a million yarn scraps that serve no discernible purpose and should really be thrown away. Does that count?

pmack17 said...

My strangest knitting tools are some tiny rubber bands that I use to wrap around the tips of dpns to make them into straight needles.

(pmack17 on rav)

Christine said...

which bag? I have a lot of knitting bags because I have a lot of Socks In Progress!!! OK - things you won't expect in a knitting bag but may be in one of mine are: book light (in case I have to knit in a dim area), a mini altoid tin to hold stitch markers, and sometimes, a camera to take photos to upload to flickr/ravelry.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

dental floss un waxed makes great life lines and you never know when you might need to floss,Mace after all someone might try to steal my knitting;)a pretty rock.colorful pony tails they make great stitch markers,twist ties and the plastic square tie you use on bread they are great for keeping your cast on tail out of your way and safety pins.Hugs Darcy
darcysknottyknitter@gmail.com

Alynxia said...

I don't know if it's particularly odd, but I have a daisy chain of safety pins with beads on them in my "kit" bag. I do a fair bit of beaded knitting and when I find a lost bead on the floor, couch, etc - I put it on one of the pins for safekeeping. I also have a Book Hug(http://www.bookhug.com/) in my knitting bag for when I want to read & knit at the same time - also works well for patterns (with a board behind to prop them up).

Mia said...

I don't really keep anything odd in my knitting bag!

I started knitting socks just because it was something that looked challenging and interesting to make. I then realized how comfortable and pretty hand knit socks can be, so I became addicted!

Mia, unetortue on Ravelry
miausham@yahoo.com

Terri said...

The oddest thing you will find in my knitting bag is a small bottle of vodka. Just in case the sock needs to be ripped back one more time.

I taught myself to knit so that I could knit socks. Socks were my first project. They were not great socks, but they were socks. Now I happily make a couple pairs a month. Can not imagine ever becoming bored.

Sue said...

Well, to be honest, I don't have a knitting bag. :-) I have various WIPs stashed in small boxes from the dollar store - I knit mostly socks. :-) Strangest thing then is probably the people counter clicker thing that I use as a row counter. Not all that strange I'll admit.

Penny said...

The weirdest thing I have in my knitting bag is a tiny suction cup. I have a number of them as they are used to remove my old school, hard contact lenses. I keep one in the knitting bag in case I have a knitting issue that requires better vision than the contacts and readers can give me (best vision of all time is no correction and item needing to be seen held at nose level). One of the many bitches of growing old!

cmelvin said...

The oddest thing in my knitting bag is a small model dragon. He brings me luck and I can loops stich markers around his horns when they're being shifted about in the pattern.

Beautiful socks by the way. That colour is gorgeous.

cmelvin on ravelry.

gray la gran said...

i keep all the strange stuff in my purse, but i have been known to have a wine key in my knitting bag =)
... win or lose, i definitely will have that book on my shelf eventually.
(my name should link to my blog, and i am graylagran on ravelry)

Lisa (JeepGirl) said...

I have spare diapers & wipes in my knitting bag and that would be the strangest thing... The reasons being a two year old and a newborn!!

Love the sock - wish I would have known about the KAL before now!!

Congrats on a beautiful pattern!

Sarah said...

I'm so boring--I have nothing strange in my knitting bag. Even the story of how I started knitting socks is boring. My first sock was knitted out of Sally Melville's "The Purl Stitch" (the Simple Sock pattern). Thanks to her excellent and comprehensive instructions I had no trouble knitting my first pair of socks. I can't say the same about other designer's patterns I've tried.

squiggi said...

The strangest thing in my knitting bag is one of those little plastic clippie things that holds the bread bag shut. They work great for keeping your ends in check.
Love the hummingbirds, by the way.
tami
squiggi@earthlink.net

lisatoo said...

I keep a copy of the train schedule in my traveling knitting bag. I also found several sugarfree hard candies -- wrapped but rather fibery. :/

Jaimi said...

Nothing too awfully strange in my knitting bag, but in the basket that lives by my seat on the couch, there's a Hello Kitty handheld fan. (Especially strange now because it's gotten cool enough that a fan isn't anywhere close to necessary!)

Also, a half-done friendship bracelet. I should probably finish that at some point....

Oldlthrnecksgirl said...

The strangest thing I have in my knitting bag is sunscreen. I love to take my knitting down to the Boardwalk, socks are the perfect small project.

I love your mystery sock. I would call them Chrysler because they remind me of the art deco Chrysler building :).

(YarnluvinLizzy)

scoobagirl said...

strangest thing? my little Ipod shuffle, I guess. I also have a chibi full of needles, a crochet hook, a pair of reading glasses, a bag of stitch markers, and a spare set of DPNs.

I started knitting socks because I just think they are so cool, and back a few years ago all the cool knitting bloggers were knitting socks. And the yarn, oooh it is all so pretty.... I'm addicted to color. :)

Anonymous said...

The strangest thing I have in my knitting bag is those plastic white hair picks to hold rollers in the hair. I use them to pin sides together before I seamed them.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I keep pencil erasers in my knitting bag to put on the ends of the needles. Works great.
Debi
crzyknittengran
ravelry

smart1g said...

The strangest thing currently in my knitting bags (I checked) is a xerox of the responsive reading for my sister's wedding...which was July 4th. Apparently, I brought my knitting bag to the rehearsal, tucked this inside, and never took it out.

I'm leaving it in there for a while longer.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, pretty socks!

Let's see - the strangest thing in my knitting bag...nail clippers? I know, not strange, but I just cleaned out my bag.

I started knitting socks shortly after starting on fingerless gloves. I was making the gloves on DPN's, and I looked at them, and thought, "Huh. These look kind of like socks. I like socks. Maybe I could make socks, too!" And a monster was created.

Alice - awagers on Ravelry

dyedinthewool said...

I have half a wine cork in my knitting bag. I use it to stick my darning needles and small scissors in, so I always know where they are (It's easier to find a cork than 3 small darning needles!)

maetta said...

Don't know how weird this is but I have one each of 2 different types of hand supports which I switch between hands depending upon which one is needed. Being a newbie to sock knitting, I feel overwhelmed over all the choices. Love it!

BarbS said...

Not sure how weird it is, but it sure is handy! I have this little thing that looks like a tiny crochet hook at one end, and like a dentist pick at the other - it works great to unpick knots and tangles in sock and lace weight yarns! As for why I started knitting socks: my son, who was in college in Chicago, told me "Enough sweaters, Mama! I have two drawerfuls!" So I started making socks for him instead (and all his buddies), and now I love how different one pair can be from another, depending on yarn and pattern. It's like making variations on a theme, and so much faster than sweaters!

cnuland said...

I don't know how strange it is, but I have several little circles in my bag - centers for flowers for an afghan.

Skittl1321 said...

The strangest thing in my knitting bag: leftover spaghetti.

Oh wait- it's just because I put my knitting into my lunch box. I don't use a knitting bag.

Marilyn in NM said...

I keep band-aids in my knitting "bowl". That in itself is probably strange but my daughter bought me a beautiful, heavy wooden salad bowl from Target and it sits next to my chair. My yarn never seems to escape the bowl, it just rolls around in it.
But back to the band-aids, I have literally poked holes in my fingers from the dpn points so now I keep several small dot band-aids at all times. They work wonders.

Ronnica said...

Generally, the strangest thing in my sock knitting bag is a box of buttons. Now, buttons aren't a strange thing for a knitter to have, but a *sock* knitter? How often do you put buttons on socks? I never have. They're in my sock bag because they distract my 4 year old. She's a magpie, and she sees the buttons and will sit silently for hours on end to inspect them all. I've finished many a sock chart thanks to my box 'o' buttons.

~"Ronnica" on Ravelry.

Maya said...

I don't think my knitting bag is too strange, unfortunately...probably the oddest thing in there is my collection of about 14 pens and pencils. I can never find one when I need it and so I always add another!

nisha said...

The oddest thing I have in my sock knitting bag is probably this little tool that is a small crochet hook on one end and about a size 3 knitting needle on the other. I use it ALOT when picking up stitches on a gusset.

I relearned to knit about 3 years ago, and the lady who helped me out started me out on a dishcloth, then moved me right on to socks. She made beautiful socks, and told me a lot of people were afraid of them, and that it was silly to be that way. So my second project was socks. LIttle socks, the class socks from one of the Charlene Schurch books, but I learned to do all of it, and I was hooked.
I'm Nisha on Ravelry :)

jardinrouge said...

I don't have anything as exotic as your superball...what a great idea, and it's smaller than my egg darner (but probably not quite as loverly)!! (big grin here)

I learned how to knit socks last year, and I have become positively addicted, always have at least one or two pair in the works...I guess they are like potato chips!! I would really love to win this book!

Trudy said...

I always forget something--so I carry a spare housekey in my knitting bag--and change too!!

I'm not an exclusive sock knitter, but I love simple patterns, and want to learn more difficult ones!

Cookey_knits said...

Nothing to weird in my bag just a granola bar in cause I get hungry and a flash light only because I am always knitting in the dark and never know when I might need to see what I am doing.

Sandra

Egater said...

I have had part of sewing machine -I don't know name in Englis, but it is inside and bobbing goes there :)

Anonymous said...

Chocolate.... and usually a little box of raisins to make me feel healthy.
bookboxer1@gmail.com

mscorkill said...

I have a tape measure and while that may not seem odd, it's a Stanley 12' Leverlock, the kind they sell in tool stores. I find that I really like it the best to use when measuring my knitting because it's stiff, not floppy like so many of the 'cute' knitting tape measures out there.

JuliaA said...

i don't know if i have anything that strange in my knitting bag--maybe the stitch markers that spell out various cuss words so i don't have to swear quite so much when knitting! that's my theory, anyway.

Elizabeth said...

Strangest thing in my knitting bag at the moment is two odd, finished socks from wearable pairs. Am knitting toe ups for the first time in ages & trying to figure out where to start the heel.

SusanB said...

strangest thing to some but cute to me, is Purl from The String Doll Gang that my friend Sheila gave me :)

The book looks awesome!!!

J.D. Collins said...

OK, first search in knitting bag #1 revealed nadda.

Search into bag #2 revealed a small bag of Cheetos at the bottom of the bag.

Guess I was hungry.

Angelina said...

I have some little shiny silvery thinks I treasure because I don't know what they are or where they originally come from. I inherited them from my mother, they where in her little knitting pouch but I have never seen her using them.
The little silvery things are formed like a bow (think of aids or cancer), the ends are nicely rounded - I use them a stich marker. They don't harm the wool, they don't get lost, no yarn catches in them - I love them,
the few that I have.

PenelopeRose said...

Not a bag but a basket instead. After digging through it I'd have to say the strangest thing I came across was a freakish amount of stitch markers. I really don't know why.

I do have to say, most fit the smaller needles. The kind of needles one would knit a sock with.

YoYo SockSister said...

You have a name for your sock...The Empress! I'm knitting it and loving it - Thanks so much. I got into sock knitting because I love the fact you are constantly changing the different parts ie. cuff, leg, heel, and so you never get bored. I use dpn and do one cuff then the second. Love when you are done - you are done with both! Thanks again for the great pattern!!! Renee'

Sarah said...

I have a mini flashlight that you wind up to power - no dead batteries!

I also carry a pink flash drive containing knitting patterns and an iPod USB cord in my knitting bag. For whatever reason.

Jen said...

Let's see, the strangest thing in my knitting bag is either nail clippers (perfect for cutting yarn tails) or dental floss (for lifelines in lace). Okay, I see looking through the comments that neither of these things is that strange.

I started knitting socks because it just seemed like so much fun, and sock yarns are so pretty, and I have freakishly large feet that never fit well into store-bought socks.

Jen (zgma on Ravelry)

Littknits said...

I started knitting socks because I was tired of knitting things that didn't fit! Never happens now with my knitting socks. And I have the added bonus that my toes are always nice and warm in the winter now. :)