I’ve heard that sometimes people also eat popcorn

Last night I caught a late-run showing of ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, which aside from being extremely delightful (will happily watch Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt doing cute any time they want to repeat), gave me the chance to get most of the way through my second sock of the pair that has been my travelling-around-in-my-handbag socks for the last couple of months. These are Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in ‘Amelie’, which turns out to look just as nice in sock form as it does in the skein.


I did my usual 3×1 ribbed sock pattern, but on 60 sts instead of 64 to accommodate the heavier weight of yarn, since STR Mediumweight is closer to a sport than a fingering weight. I suspect I could probably get away with 56 sts, even, but these turned out nice and cozily and there was yardage to spare, so I like ’em. I have started to enjoy adding a few pairs of slightly heavier socks to my collection, because there are some days in the winter or just when hanging out around the house when I want a little extra comfort. Plus, there is the added advantage that the heavier yarn you use, the quicker they are to knit.


These are also my favourite thing to have on hand for the movie theatre (provided I’m not on the heel, which I like to be able to see when I’m doing it), because it’s approachable for working in the dark. People often ask how I could possibly knit in the dark (generally, I do still watch the movie screen unless I really need to check something – in such situations it’s handy to be watching something with bright explosions or sunny deserts, just a tip from me to you), and I promise you it really is as simple as just knitting in the dark. If you’ve been knitting for some length of time and are comfortable working plain stockinette or ribbing, you can knit in the dark.

Trust me, your hands know what they’re doing because they have done this probably thousands and thousands of times already. Give it a shot and see what happens – chances are you’ll find yourself becoming more aware of what a knit stitch feels like underneath your fingers as compared to a purl stitch, and you’ll be able to tell which is coming next. Probably, if you regularly watch television while you knit, you’ve practiced this already many times, just with the advantage of sitting in a well-lit room. But the more you practice knitting while not looking at your knitting, the more likely you are to avoid things like accidental dropped stitches, because your hands will register the mistake before your eyes do, and you’ll catch things like that sooner.

Of course, mistakes do still happen sometimes. Inevitably my movie-theatre socks end up with a few mis-matched moments where the ribbing doesn’t line up because I was actually, say, paying attention to the movie more than the knitting (go figure), and I get little blips like this. I always leave them there. Then I can think, “oh yeah, that’s from when I was sitting in ‘The Avengers.’ That sure was a fun movie.”


The nice part about being finished with a pair of socks is that I get to pull out yarn for the next pair. I might just slide another Socks That Rock pair onto the needles, or dig a little bit in my stash. It’s always great to end the summer with some new pairs of socks that are ready and waiting for you in the fall.

Since we’ve past the solstice I suppose we can officially say summer is here. What are your grand (or not so grand?) knitting plans for the summer? A person can accomplish quite a few projects in two or three months – no time like the present to get cracking!


  1. I really like that thought about memories of what you were doing while you were knitting. I usually find that a lot harder to do while you are working on a big project that takes so long, but I have some great sock memories!

  2. love the socks and i’m also loving the idea of leaving in the ‘blips’… 🙂 just appreciating that more and more as the years go by. not everything is perfect.

  3. I practiced knitting with my eyes closed for about a week so that I would be able to knit and read at the same time. Now I can knit by touch. But not purl; that’s still on the to-accomplish list. Works for knitting in movies and while maintaining eye contact during conversations with nonknitters (who might otherwise think you were rude), too!

  4. Hooray for socks! I’ll have to check out that movie. Ewan McGregor was brilliant in Beginners (as was Christopher Plummer) — I recommend it highly!

  5. When I was 19 — way back in 1961 — This Texas gal rode a commuter train in the NYC-CT area. I had never seen anyone knit like the young woman I saw on that train who looked at her work only when it needed to be turned. Otherwise, she looked out the train window the entire time. I was totally fascinated and amazed. You brought back memories for me.

  6. I plan on learning how to knit socks this summer! Yours look so cozy and I would love to knit warm socks. Happy knitting!

  7. loulouandlillybean · ·

    I love knitting socks! It’s my favorite thing to do but I haven’t mastered knitting in the dark yet. I make enough mistakes in the daylight!!


  8. I’ve never been bold enough to knit at the theater, but you might just have just persuaded me! I always have a ‘easy knit’ project on the go, so why not crack on it at the movies! Love those socks, the colourway is stunning…and on the 3×1 rib! Simple is sometimes more. Maybe I will finish up my
    Embossed Leaves one of these days!

  9. Why eat popcorn when you can knit???? I always watch TV when I’m knitting and you’re so right – I spot mistakes much quicker! I just ‘feel’ them happening rather than see them! Love your socks! xxx

  10. I practiced in front of the TV while watching the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Had to read all those subtitles! 🙂 Great practice for trying it out at the movies.

  11. Bridget · ·

    I love that you not only showed us your blips but that you pointed out that you leave them on purpose. I’m learning to let some things slide in knitting (and in life) and this is a good example. I LOOOOOVE that colorway! I also love how each sock is an individual!

  12. I love your movie socks I have serval pairs:)

  13. Heather · ·

    While my family does not mind me knitting at home while watching movies(which we do in the dark) the thought of me pulling out knitting needles in the middle of a theatre is too horrifying for them:)

  14. That’s funny that you posted this now. It so happens that you inspired me to knit in the movie theater earlier this week while watching “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. I say you inspired me, even before writing this post, because as a newer follower of your blog I’ve been reading your past posts a few at a time. A little while ago I read one of your posts where you mentioned knitting during a movie (I think it was a Pirates movie). I remembering thinking “Knitting in a movie theater, that’s crazy talk, I could never do that!” Well when I went this past week I decided to take my cardigan I’m working on that had a lot of stockinette stitch where I was at. I decided that if you can do it then maybe I could too. And the amazing part? I did and I didn’t mess up. This also made me realize that I’ve become a more experienced knitter since first reading your blog posts, back when I had a hard time even knitting while watching tv. Thanks for being so inspiring Glenna!

  15. In all my years of knitting, it never occurred to me that I could knit in the theatre! I’ve knit at the drive-in but never in the theatre. I knit in front of the TV all the time. That’s it, next movie, I’m bringing my knitting!

  16. Those are really nice socks. I agree about heavier socks – I have a pair of really thick, brightly colored ones that I love to wear instead of slippers around the house.

  17. I work backstage and Theatre and knit all the time. Some shows are extremely dark and others have plenty of spill from the stage. Either way, I have to pay attention to any cues I have coming up, so I rarely look at my work then either. However, I haven’t found the courage to try lace in the dark yet. Maybe this season.

  18. I love knitting at the movies and totally get the need for bright screen shots. Sometimes you need a peek. Love your socks. You make my fingers itch to start another pair.

  19. I’m hoping to start my first sweater!

  20. Thanks for mentioning “Salmon Fishing….”. It’s in my Netflix queue and I’m looking forward to watching it. As for knitting in the dark, sometimes I have trouble knitting in the light! The next movie I plan to see in the theater is “Breaking Dawn Part 2.” Can’t knit and drool over Robert Pattinson at the same time.

  21. I love knitting at the movies, while watching soccer, walking around an exhibition, etc. Socks are my definite choice. I’ll also be tackling the Lakeshore Shawl Knitalong this summer! I love Amelie colorway, they turned out beautiful!

  22. knitting > popcorn any day!

  23. I knit in movie theatres all the time! (the joys of afterthought heels is I can just keep knitting…) For the summer I always have socks on the go (we go to the cottage almost every weekend, and my husband prefers to drive, so that’s lots of sock knitting time – I can carry on a conversation while knitting. FOr the cottage – lightweight stuff – a laceweight cardigan in Tanis lace weight, or squares for my POP blanket!

  24. caityrosey · ·

    It honestly never occurred to me to leave the mistakes in my movie socks. That’s why I gave up knitting at the movies, because I could not see well enough to fix things if I flubbed something. Can I embrace my mistakes?

  25. Nancy from Mass · ·

    My mother taught herself to knit without looking because she was always afraid of going blind (her father lost an eye to cancer). I also watch ‘things’ and knit at the same time. It became so normal, that when i would go to myh son’s karate class, people would be shocked if I didn’t have something on the needles. they even gave me a magnet that says “Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts” and has ninjas knitting! 🙂
    I tend to leave the errors also – unless they’re totally messing up the pattern.

  26. You have beautiful pieces, thanks for sharing them with us. I recently picked up a Stitch N B**** Nation Book and am making cute little red hot pants for my niece. The pattern has two abbreviations I do not understand one is ER and the other EOR. I am a beginner and tried googling these abbreviations and am confused.

  27. Hi Paula

    Thanks for stopping by!

    My guess is that ER and EOR both stand for “end of row” or “end of round”, so likely it is in combination with working an increase or decrease instruction, or to repeat a stitch motif until end of row.

    Hope that helps! Glenna

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