Tuesday, August 02, 2011

10,000 Uses for an Ocean Liner

Use #8,247: Sock Dryer.

Ocean Liner/Sock Dryer

When using an ocean liner as a sock dryer, it helps if you happen to be traveling with your entire collection of old wooden clothespins. Keep an eye on the weather: It is undesirable to find that a sudden gale has soaked your sock anew or–worse still–blown it away entirely. Should rough weather arise during dinner, you are advised to leap up (even if dessert is on the way) and waste no time in effecting a rescue. You may find it helpful to shout, "My sock! My sock!" all the way to your cabin in order to warn passengers and crew that they need to clear a path.

If you were in my Knitted Tessellations classes at Sock Summit 2011, you'll recognize this as the new "Feline" sock–fresh from a long soak in the bathroom sink (Use #8,246) after being knit up in the Spa, the Britannia Restaurant, and the Coffee Bar (Use #8,245). Paired with "Canine," it'll be online for download in a few weeks.

We of The Panopticon are home from Sock Summit and in the midst of the usual round of mail sorting, laundry, unpacking, and trying to find space for all the new books. (Space for new yarn is easy. Yarn squishes. Books squish not.)

I'm also helping Harry to edit all his home movie footage. Turns out the little dickens is quite the budding cinematographer.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yippee...I get to comment first. The pattern looks grerat...the patterns remind me of Kitten Faces. If ever I'm on an ocean liner, I'll have to get the list from you. Thanks - Joe-in Wyoming

kathy b said...

Franklin, you don't need a kitten to go with your socks do you? I have 5 adorable kittens ready to go......

Astrid said...

Thanks to your fabulous class on Saturday afternoon, I can now analyze this picture for artful use of depth of field and lighting :)

Can't wait to play with making pictures using all the info you gave us -- but, sadly, I must wait until my chores are done.

Astrid from Damselfly Yarns

SallyB said...

Cats and dogs - meh!
I want a delores sock

Lost City Denise said...

I wondered when we'd see those clothes pins! (although I'm still bemused that they're vintage since mine tend to look like that after one season in the Oklahoma sun)
Sounds like you had a blast!
Love the Feline socks! (I think those'll go in a stocking come December.)

Sherilyn said...

"My sock! My sock!"

I just laughed so hard and believe me when I tell you I needed that quite badly.

I love the fact that you travel by ocean liner. Love it.

I, myself, survived crossing the English Channel twice via ferry, and did better on them in the Greek Isles, but given the magnitude of my motion sick tendencies and the limitations of Bonine to medicate them, I've been afraid to attempt anything more than a few hours of breathing deeply and looking at the horizon on the open sea.

Seanna Lea said...

The fact that books don't squish is why my husband says nothing about my yarn but occasionally suggests that it might be time to cull from our books.

It is easy to hide a skein of yarn amongst all the others, because, hey, compression works!

Lis said...

Wonderful :) A question for you, if I may? I take it that you block your finished projects -- what exactly are the benefits of blocking and what's the best way to go about it? I've never blocked a project before and it seems like a waste of time.

Sorry for the random comment, but I've been following your blog for...oh, years, but I've only just gotten a blogger account and am forcing myself to comment instead of lurk on blogs!

CeltChick said...

Oh how cute! If I can make them small enough, d'ya think I could get them on the cat? And I'm with SallyB -- I want sheep-ish socks!

Pretty Knitty said...

That is one gorgeous sock! And I have to admit that I also travel with old, wooden (nearly vintage) clothespins...great minds...?

Whirlybird said...

I recognize that sock! The tessellations class was great! I bought light and dark grey yarn to retry my robot with, and I'll send pics if I ever manage to get it to work out. (I know, I'm boring with light and dark grey, but robots should be metal, and a light steely grey and a dark gun metal grey just seemed right!)

Anonymous said...

Judy B aka granjudy here,
Re Sock Summit- Thankyou for the Sheepish Grin artwork. The team loved it, we got good comments from spectators and press and brought your name up whenever we could. There are a couple shots of the tee shirts at Oregonian on line in their fleece to foot video.

Deborah said...

I spotted you in the marketplace on Friday and realized you are somewhat shorter than I imagined. I tried to get into your photo class but I missed even the wait list. And then I listened to a vintage Cast-On on the plane home and heard your poem "The Romney". I have been a fan since I first heard you on Cast-On. I still hope to get a class with you someday.

-Deborah (from the N Side of Chicago)

The Foggy Knitter said...

Next time I need to dry my socks I'll be straight on the train to Southampton.

I never knew I had so much need for an ocean going liner in my life.

When's the book coming out? (10000 uses for an ocean liner)

P.S. nice sock

Roxie said...

Hope you enjoyed your VooDoo Doughnut. And yes, we need Delores Socks! Meanwhile, I ahve a shrimp on my tongue, and await Harry's work with baited breath.

Kath's Yarns said...

It was great meeting you at SS 2011 - I tried to get into your classes but only made it to the waitlist. Thank goodness for the book signing! These socks look like they would also fit well with Hizknits - they're great!

Hillevi3 said...

I think this is a case for Monsieur Poirot.

Sweet Camden Lass said...

I love that you travel with all your clothes pegs. I must start packing a handful myself.

A Novel Woman said...

Books squish not, so hie thie to Amazon and buy thyself a Kindle! Think of it as a way to pack more wool.

JoAnn said...

I can't for the life of me remember if I left a comment when you first mentioned the "antique" clothes pins and their obscene price, but, really, you can buy large packages of new wooden clothes pins at any decent hardware store (hidden in the back near the clothes lines and spreaders). If you like the antique look, tie up a piece of clothes line, fishing line, yarn, what have you, attach the pins, and leave them outside in the sun, sleet, rain, snow, and in a few months maybe you'll have lovely antiques. Actually, they darken up best when left in a clothes pin bag outside. When it rains they stay damp longer. Then you can all make your fortunes selling them a few at a time on ebay!

Ana Petrova said...

Personally I never go anywhere without a dozen or so safety pins. Now that you mention it I may have to include a few clothes pins too.

Yvonne said...

Awwww! Love the socks & can hardly wait for the patterns. I'll need to make one of each or my beasties will get jealous. I so do wish I could have been at Sock Summit, but again, busy with my sheeple.

kmkat said...

I shall be waiting with bated breath for the Canine and Feline patterns. What with all the animals that dwell or have dwelt or will dwell in my abode, it is only fitting that I knit socks in their honor.

Carrie#K said...

I knew there could be some practical use for those big ol' things.

I wish I'd been in your class! I suppose being in the same state would help....

Anne said...

David Lebovitz wrote about a trip on the QM2, maybe even the same trip you were on? The food sounds amazing!

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/07/inside-the-kitchen-of-the-queen-mary-2/

Patti said...

I loved the mental image of you running down the Hall (or whatever its called on a ship) waving your arms and yelling MY SOCK MY SOCK!!

I'm going to smile about that all day!

Kathleen said...

I had dinner (well, alright, dessert) with this sock on the QM2!!

Franklin, you were valiant in the Rescue of the Sock...

Amanda Haugland said...

I must knit that sock. I must!

It was lovely to see you at Sock Summit. I hope to see you again at Madrona this year!

--Amanda

Anonymous said...

Love the clothes pin idea! My sister came up with one I love......another use for stitch holders. Put both straps on the stitch holder.....or the drawstring/mesh of a man's swimsuit - excluding speedos, unless you want to poke holes........and then close the holder around a chair arm, chair strap, or table leg on your balcony. It might indeed get wet all over again -- but it will still be there!

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Pilgrim said...

Love this sock and the colors. Where do I find the pattern and yarn? And what is the technique?

John F. -- Sequim WA (that's Skwim for outsiders).

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