A week ago, I was at the closing ceremony of the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. It's possibly easier to do a separate post on that, otherwise this is going to get looong!
Our team colour was orange. I had all sorts of ideas on how best to express that creatively. In the end, the scrunchies didn't have enough material in them and kept pinging off, the earrings got stuck to the paper on which they were drying and I ran out of time to make the sunhat. Still, it's the thought that counts, right?
- I was deputy of the skateboard park. I think I was pretty supportive.
- I have a bucketload more badges left to sew on to my camp blanket.
- I'm part of a leadership team talking Guides to the European Jamboree Jamboree next year. Thinking about all the things we need to keep the girls safe scares the £@$& out of me.
- Our IST (international service team) who staffed the event were awesome.
Mr Knitty and I are now in NYC, where I have a lot more time (and air con) to knit. I want my current pair to be completed before the flight home, as I've got yarn for at least one more pair with me. Yesterday I found another knitter on the subway. He didn't seem in the mood for a lengthy chat, so I didn't ask if I could take a photo of the socks he was knitting. They were long and stripy and being knit continental style.
We're almost at the end of the Summer of Socks KAL run by Nikki of the Tea and Possibilities podcast. It's been pretty good for my sock knitting; I'm almost up to 7 pairs of socks this year, five of which have been knit over the summer. I want to do a round up post next month. These are the current pair on the subway yesterday:
Yesterday was also Knitty City day, the only yarn shop I visited when I was in New York last year. (It's not the only shop I plan to visit this year!) I was after a small Knitty City project bag, some darning needles (I left mine at home) and green sock yarn.
Whilst Mr Knitty may not agree, I was pretty restrained. I got the bag like I wanted, some green sock yarn like I wanted and some Christmas sock yarn that was an impulse buy. I've got some white yarn with me, left over from the socks I finished on my journey to America, so that's the backup yarn, if I knit all the rest up.
Today I went to String Thing Studio, and joined in the men's knit night. It's a very small shop and only open a few days a week. Because it was so small, there wasn't a large amount of sock yarn that I couldn't get back in the UK. Luckily, there was a few skeins of yarn from a recent Lola Bean Yarn Company trunk show.
I also found out some incredibly cute stitch markers from a maker in Brooklyn, going by the name of One Geek Craft - although I can't currently find their Etsy shop.
Later this trip, I want to visit Brooklyn General Store and possibly Purl Soho. Tomorrow, String Thing Studio has a bigger knit night; the socks and I have both been invited!
If you like knitting socks, there is a group of us who blog about socks on the first Thursday of each month. If you want to join us, head over to Paula's blog where she hosts a link-up for everybody's blog. We would love you to join us and see what you're knitting!