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An Array of Socks [May. 29th, 2012|10:54 pm]
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Green One got its maiden dunking today, and after it been rolled in a towel, then laid flat on a picnic table bench in the hot(!) dry (!) afternoon for awhile, it was dry enough to be hung on the line briefly alongside its elder siblings in the Sock Family.   The Greens were only worn a couple of hours the evening they were finished, so they haven't really shaped to my feet yet, and that fancy heel flap curls in even more than stockingette curls in..  And they were damp.  So they look even longer than they are.  But I like the effect.

Red One has been worn the most (being the first) and then Blue One; Green One will get its first full wearing over the weekend, at A-Kon, along with the others.  I will pack along my own towel to roll them in, lest they put a little color on a hotel white towel.   The difference in size between Red One and Blue One is mostly that I added some stockinette between the ribbing and heel flap for Blue (besides making it a little narrower.) 

Red Two is on the needles, but still  in the ribbing.  Denim One has one sock barely on the needles and one still not cast on.  I could call it Blue Two but it's not that blue, really, and I have yarn for another blue pair that will be a true blue, not a teal (though in the late afternoon light, they don't look the color they really are.)   Red One will be a sort of cross between Blue One and Green One--stitches decreased from Blue, but not the eye-of-partridge heel flap...I want them to fit in shoes that heel's too thick for.  Denim One will be true work socks for in the field--thickened heels (like Green One, but in a less fancy stitch.)  Maybe a thickened sole, too, for more cushioning.   Red Two is coming with me for A-Kon, and I hope to be through the ribbing by the time I get back.  Maybe even through the stockinette and into the heel flap.  I might take Denim One along too.  I have several hours to knit on the train each way.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-06-06 01:53 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I can't "kind of understand it." They let people bring aboard items that various covert nasties have used as weapons in the past...such as ballpoint pens. In fact, I've read that, in the hands of a trained assassin, almost anything the normal non-criminal person has with them for a trip can be lethal. Pens, pencils, belts, ties, etc.

So what is this paranoia about knitting needles, which--yes--could be used to poke someone, but not to terrorize a planeload of passengers so they're afraid to confront and subdue the knitter? Even sharper needles--embroidery needles, say--are useless if the goal is to hold a planeload of passengers quiet and non-resisting. At worst, someone's going to get poked. What is this paranoia about grooming tools and makeup? (I have a pair of hangnail nippers with teeny-tiny blades and weak handles--yes, I suppose a trained assassin could hurt someone with them, but it's just as likely the handles would break off in his/her hands while delivering a scratch that barely penetrated the skin.) For the business woman traveling, changing cities every day or so, the need to have both carry-on (because luggage does get lost and delayed) and checked baggage (because things that will be needed in order to maintain a professional appearance can't be carried on) is very annoying (and now the airlines are charging for both checked and in some cases carry-on. They seem to be in league with the security people to make air travel as unpleasant as possible.)

The weapons they should forbid are those that can actually damage the airplane (firearms) and/or easily injure or terrorize an entire cabin-load of people (big knives.) Or, if they're going to forbid knitting needles and makeup, let's take those pens and briefcases (sharp corners, could be heavy) away from the male travelers, too.

No, I don't feel safer with the TSA in charge. Or appreciated as a customer by the airlines, either. So I quit flying. It's no fun anymore; it's stressful, it's unhealthy (restrictions on using the toilets, for instance, along with the crowding, the lack of appropriate food and drink--I was coming home sick every time), it's not worth it. I miss travel; I miss being able to meet people all over the place, but...enough was more than enough. I'd like to make one more trip to Europe before I die, but...maybe, maybe not.

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