I love to skype. Not just for those video-calls that feel like a virtual visit, but for plain audio-calls which are routed through my wi-fi to the other person's land-line, halfway across the world yet for just a few pennies. O the luxuries of our new age world!
One side benefit of calling via the computer is that my hands are free to knit. On most days I don't indulge in daytime knitting, but the weekends that demand leisurely calls to family overseas are an exception. We chat, I knit. Or weave in ends, depending. As long as the knitting doesn't require great concentration, things work out swimmingly.
Here are some recent examples of Skype-knitting. The pair on the left was started as a travel project, which I thought of as my Los Angeles socks. But as they evolved, the color range reminded me of David Hockney's Swimming Pool paintings so I know think of them as my Hockney socks. The yarn is Opal Hundertwasser, 988.
The socks on the right took no time at all; I used two partial skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK, knitted on a #3 circular. I cast on 40 stitches for socks intended for a teenager size. These slightly warmer and thicker socks are part of my ongoing contribution to the afghans For Afghans current drive which focuses on hats, mittens and socks for kids ages7 and over.
In addition, for the month of June, a4A is requesting knitted baby socks and hats, to be donated to Malalai Women's Maternity Hospital in Kabul. The request is very specific, so if you are interested, be sure to read all the details here. The socks can be knitted in other weights than sock yarn as long as there is a high wool content, but since I had some sock yarn on hand right by my computer when I went on Skype today, that was where I started:
Notice I saved the Kitchener for after my phone conversations were done. Multitasking has its limits.