Showin’ some cable!

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! It really looks like a sock now!

Showing some cable

(A little underexposed to bring out the dramatic and stirring cable work. :-) )

Of course, that doesn’t stop people from asking what I’m making when I’m KIPing. (How exactly does one form the gerund of the acronym KIP? I really want to write “KIPping”, but it feels weird to have the capitalization disjoint in the middle of the word. Also, you really don’t need to make it into a gerund anyway because the first letter in KIP stands for “knitting”, so by adding the -ing to it, I’m saying “I’m knitting in public-ing”. This is going to bug me for the rest of the day.)

Anyway, suffice it to say that I did a lot of knitting in public yesterday and was asked at least twice what I was making, even though I thought it was pretty obvious that it was a sock by that point. That dispirited me a little, but I got through it.

I also had a great time at the Yarn Barn yesterday. I showed Caroline the figure 8 cast on that I used for the Mark II Kilt Hose, and she hadn’t seen it before! I was so excited! Caroline’s been knitting for about twice as long as I’ve been alive, and she’s one of those very sharp types who *loves* details and process. She’s familiar with more techniques than I’ve heard of. So being able to show her something new was pretty noteworthy.

I also got to help out a lady who was picking up knitting again after being away from it for ages. She was trying to cast on for a baby hat for a newborn who’s coming in about a month. She wanted to make a pumpkin hat for the kid and I gave her some help casting on and made some suggestions about how to make the hat more pumpkin-like. She’d been trying to start off with a backwards loop cast on. It might have just been the tension that she was using, but it struck me that a backwards loop cast on with circular needles does not work at all well. As the stitches were stretched apart on the needle, the bridge yarn – the bit between the stitches – expanded, and the loops closed up really tightly. After trying to work a round with that cast on, we finally gave up and I had to cut the yarn off the needle. It was that tight.

So I showed her how to do a cable cast on (which is pretty much all I ever use unless there’s a good reason not to) and things went much more smoothly.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I got me some more knitting to do.

No Responses to “Showin’ some cable!”

  1. Kim Says:

    Great sock!

  2. Barbara from Nova Scotia Says:

    You know, I admire your writing and knitting and photos, but honestly? You in that kilt of yours should be illegal and now you’ll have something to show off your legs in very soon. Those are great socks, or the progress there off. Knit on, David.

  3. Banditgirl Says:

    LOL.. I absolutely agree with Barbara!!! Been lurking awhile.. the things you knit are awesome, but could we have more pics of you in that kilt… :)

  4. Lilith Says:

    It’s looking beautiful! The cable work is, well, dramatic and stirring. 😉

    (I had occasion to mention you the other day, and I used the phrase, “frogging his ho.” You should have seen the looks on the faces of the non-knitters. *giggle*)

  5. Anna Bannana Says:

    The kilt hose are looking amazing, congratulations!

    And don’t feel bad about people asking what you’re KIP is. (see how I astutely avoided needing the -ing by changing the sentence?) I’ve been asked -BY KNITTERS NO LESS- what I was KIP*, despite it being rather obvious (not sock obvious, it was a baby sweater but the thing was almost done, I think I was doing some finishing on it or something???)

    *you could always just read KIP as “knitting in public” then the -ing question is solved without having to add the -ing to the end….

    : ) Have a great week! : )

  6. Jess, of the Bugs Says:

    I’m inclined to agree with Anna Bannana – just read it as “Knitting in Public” or you could think of it like this.
    “So, I’m walking down the street and I’m kip when this woman asks me…” It kind of sounds like “I’m hip” ‘cept it’s knitterly lingo for those of us in the know.

    I am thinking impure thoughts about cables on kilt hose. Need more coffee – that’s it, more coffee, yeah.

  7. Cynthia Says:

    Love the sock! It’s really coming along now.

    I get the ‘what are you making’ questions on a regular basis – even when I think it’s perfectly obvious what it is. Who knows, you may be encouraging a budding knitter by KIP!

  8. Marianne Says:

    Now that the foot of the hose is finished I’ll bet it goes faster, or tends to seem that way, and it looks fabulous…I’m with Jess, “I’m kip… like I’m hip”

  9. Michelle Says:

    How about KingIP? Or K-ingIP? I hope this helps your day go a little more smoothly!

  10. Lee Says:

    I’m ready for sock wars; just got my shipment of DK weight in this past weekend. (Does anybody but Canada and the UK stash DK weight?) I chose colors that would work well for male or female targets.
    As for KIP, last time I had to stand in line at the DMV I was knitting a sock. I made a lot of progress, which tells you something about the absolute horrorshow that is the DMV. It was Lorna’s Laces shepherd sock, moss stitch and cabled, an unfortunate shade of ballerina pink that Lorna had described as peach. I can’t tell you how many comments I got on the “baby garment” I was knitting.
    Your sock looks terrific!

  11. pippy Says:

    Ooh lala! The sock looks fab.
    Yeah that whole Kip problem, I dunno. Its like people who say PIN number when they mean your password for the bank. Weird. Makes my brain feel all funny. Don’t like it.
    But I say just go with the whole kip thing like everyone else said.

  12. Emma Says:

    Are you feeling a little amxious about the start of Sock Wars ? I am ! I must deduce that I had a moment of insanity [just the one ?! ] when I signed up. Your excuse ?
    Warm up those dp needles. :0)