I have to go on a long flight soon, and I would like to have a knitting project to keep my hands busy. Since it's hard to obtain too many nice socks, I can repeat this project on future trips.
- About 200yds fingering weight, self-striping yarn. This is for the body of the socks.
- I have a big skein of brown yarn that I am slowly working through as a contrast yarn for socks. I will take off a small portion.
- A set of five US3 double-pointed knitting needles. Mine are bamboo. Less fiddly than a magic loop setup to store in a bag, if you have a typical springy cord.
- Stitch counter. I would rather count stitches than measure in order to keep my socks the same length.
- Closing stitch marker. I don't want to lose them, so I won't take my normal spiral markers.
- Pattern, written on paper.
- Ziploc bag. Contains the knitting I'm not currently working on.
- Decide on pattern. It must be a pattern I've done before. I'm using my adaption of this free customizable sock pattern that calculates guage and has multiple options. It's been helpful, but I don't like that it's split between many blog posts. I'd like to make my own someday that's more straightforward while still doing the guage calculations for you.
- Write out the pattern. I copied my pattern with the numbers for my size into a little notebook. I know they are right because I've knit these exact socks before with the same yarn base. I like having the pattern on paper because I do not have to worry about keeping my phone battery up.
- Pre-wind the yarn. I have hand-wound my yarn into three balls: one for each sock's main color, and then one for the contrast color. I'm using self-striping yarn, and I carefully made sure each ball started at the sampe point in the pattern so that the stripes would line up because I like them that way.
- Cast on ahead of time. I cast on the first toe from the comfort of my own home because it's fiddly and I don't want to do that in an airport.
- Load everything up. I use a fanny pack as a hands-free project bag. I can knit stockinette without looking. If my yarn is carried at my waist, that means I can knit while walking.