After many plane rides, the sockpaloooza socks are almost finished (I'll save the photos for the finished product). I've been on 14 planes this month, and if I never fly again, that will be just fine. I have yet to encounter other knitters in my travels. I've seen one or two going through security, but I've never seen anyone else actually knit on a plane. One woman stopped to ask me if I ever had any problems getting through security with my knitting and I told her my secret. If you travel with a viola, the security people will pretty much ignore the knitting needles. On this trip, I took a little vacation from my viola and left it at home, and even so, no one seemed to care that I was carrying a backpack full of small metal spears attached by plastic cords onto the plane. For this, I am grateful because knitting really does make the time on the plane go faster.
When I got home last night, my latest eBay yarn purchase was waiting for me. It's Regia Canadian Color sock yarn! It was all the rage in knitblogland a couple months ago and I've been coveting it ever since. I'm sure I paid way too much for it, but it's impossible to find in the US. The yarn came from an eBay seller in the UK, so the shipping wasn't cheap either. The nice lady who sent it to me did include a little bag of Haribo Gold gummi bears in the package which I thought was a nice touch. Haribo Gummis are the best and fortunately you can find those quite easily in the US. I've found that there is usually a very good selection at World Market.
After reading about yarn dyeing on Scout's blog and seeing her excellent results, I've decided that it's something I need to try. I really like self striping yarns, but I don't like the ones that have the fake fair isle looking stripe in the pattern. Unfortunately, this type of self striping yarn seems to be the easiest to find. I think it would be great fun to custom dye my very own yarn so I ordered a few skeins of Color Your Own from KnitPicks the other day. I also ordered The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook from Amazon and I'm eagerly awaiting their delivery. I think I'll start with KoolAide dyeing and see how that goes. I can just see my mom shuddering as she reads this, and I'm reminded that one of the best things about being a grown-up is that I can make whatever kind of mess I want in my kitchen, especially my rented kitchen. I was thinking of ordering another book on dyeing yarn and was considering Yarns to Dye For and/or Dyeing to Knit. Can anyone recommend either of these?