I'm happy to say that I have met one of my New Year's goals -- to knit socks! I'm so excited about this.
I want to encourage you ladies out there, no matter how busy you are, to take up a little craft that you can slip into a bag and pull out at random times. Even if you are nursing a baby. Even if you have toddlers who like to throw your precious craft items around. The hard part is collecting everything you need in one place. Once you've done that, you're all set, even if you only look at it once a month.
If you put in the energy to get a project in a bag, you will have it for those 20-odd minutes a day everyone is otherwise occupied, and you will thank yourself, because making something beautiful is really very fulfilling, no matter how long it takes you. If you don't know what to do, ask a friend to get you an easy project going. She'll be delighted and you'll be on your way.
For years I've done a lot of quilting this way -- on the go, during ball games, in the car. I think that there are some conditions under which knitting would be more unobtrusive or safer (I don't think it's a good idea to bring pins and needles to the beach! Wince!).
I really feel I was born to knit.
Unfortunately, I seem also to have been born to rip out and re-knit. Many, many times.
I have become expert at UNknitting, in fact, an interesting side skill to add to the original one.
I decided to do both socks at once, doing the tricky part of one, then going to the other set of needles and doing that same tricky part on the other.
This was genius. Why am I so darned smart?
But I think it would help if I could count, at all. I also think it would help if I didn't constantly try to knit while talking a mile a minute to a friend, when I should be counting, or in the dark, instead of watching the movie.
Somehow I had it in mind that you can knit lickety-split without looking. And maybe if I had been knitting all my life, instead of six weeks, this would be true. And maybe if I were knitting something that didn't decrease and go around a corner, it would be possible.
I got to the end of both -- all but the very last step of grafting the remaining 16 stitches -- when I realized that sock #1 (as I fondly named it) was ALL WRONG from the beginning of the final decrease to the toe, regardless of the eighty-twelve times I had ripped it out and started again.
I had to take it all the way back almost to the gusset to get it right.
I think I could have made ten pairs of socks in the time it took me to make this one pair, had I only mastered the blankety counting.
Pretty cute, though, huh?
Are you a committed crafter?
If you have a little project you tote around even though you are busy, tell us about it in the comments! I'd love to hear your crafting ways!
Specs: Super Fine #1 75% wool 15% nylon, washable. #2 needles. The pattern is here: Self-Striping Knit Socks.