OH HOLY MOTHER OF YARN (or Why I Knit, #11)

The Tsarina has truly outdone herself.

Change Ringing Socks

Back story to my excitement: my husband is a change ringer. He rings twice a week, and sometimes more often, and carries around his little tiny red book of methods, which he’ll pull out while he’s waiting for a tire change, waiting at the dentist, riding the train, etc. He pretty much lives ringing. I have a healthy appreciation for the art, having rung briefly both tower bells and hand bells (the English change ringing sort, not the melody sort). So I can completely appreciate this, and I might just explode from anticipation while I wait for everyone to buy all the patterns at Rhinebeck, so that I can mope later on.

Holy Mother of Yarn, indeed. Does anyone who reads this blog plan on going to Rhinebeck? If so, and I promise to gift you my first born child, would you bring one back for me? I’ll also trade for my soul or a portion of your travel expenses (and also I’ll pay you back for the kit). If not, I suppose I’ll just keep my fingers crossed an hope that there’s a kit available afterward (oh, please Holy Mother of Yarn, have mercy on me and my coveting).

(Things like this are totally reason #11 for Why I Knit).

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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5 Responses to OH HOLY MOTHER OF YARN (or Why I Knit, #11)

  1. HappyGoth says:

    No, but I like lace, and I like ringing (though I don’t do it, myself), so that sounds fabulous.

    I was looking through the book of methods the other day with the husband, and he got very excited about patterns that would be pretty if you knit them, and so I think I might have a giant project in the near future.

    The sweater is mind-bogglingly amazing, by the by.

  2. See, it’s that trackback thang. You link, I see link, I read blog, I thinkz, oooh… and I send link to Teh Yarn Fairy and tellz her look! look here! another knitter who knows what the hell I’m ranting on about. So I dunno about On A List, but at any rate you’re definitely on the radar. 😉 BTW pattern for 9T has a fair amount of generic stuff in it about change-ringing theory for knitters, and how to knit from place notation (my own preferred approach) as well as full-out method diagrams or actual knitting charts. Not hard if you’re already ringing-aware. NB check out the posts about the ringing tsweater – it isn’t going to stay on the back burner for long, and along the way I have learned a LOT about working changes on a larger scale. One of these days I’m going to do a 2×2 cable version, too. (One of these days I also hope to figure out a way to interpret changes as lace, but that might not be so much your husband’s thing….)

  3. HappyGoth says:

    Oh! Does this mean I am on A List? Hooray! I’m good for purchasing this.

    Thank you!

    (And I’m plotting a ringing sweater for the husband; the socks will hopefully give me the practice I need for this adventure.)

  4. Gwynivar says:

    Fear not brave ringer – I the dyer will save you. Or at least, save you a kit.


    The Yarn Fairy of Holiday Yarns
    (Formerly Vancalcar Acres)
    (Dyer of yarns in the Tsarina Kits)

  5. There, there. I believe we’re keeping keeping back some inventory that’s not even going to the show. IAC we fully intend to be able to fill orders once Rhinebeck is over. (No guarantees on the change-ringing Tsweater, though – that’s back on the drawing board for a couple of months, I fear.) So cool that your husband is an actual ringer – me, I’m still just an armchair method-knitter. So far. 😉

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