Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I Have Succumbed

There comes a time in every novice knitter's life when you just have to look deep within yourself, to search the darker recesses, to consider the daunting and the scary and to bite that bullet and say to yourself "It's a right of passage, and I'm up to the challenge."

To knit the first pair of socks.

Oh, you may laugh. You may until you go ahead and pick up those skinny little double pointed needles (that's sharp at BOTH ends, just so we're clear). All FIVE of them that is. Five needles! At the same time! 5 teeny, skinny, doubly pointy sharp needles that look like they are so skinny and so, well, many that you just know the stitches are going to fall right off those suckers as you try and juggle 5 needles with only the 2 hands that nature saw fit to give you.

So, I'm ready for the challenge.

Oh and I've got some cool yarn on the way. Passionfruit it's called and it's giving this fruit the passions, and that's for sure. The photo doesn't do it justice. It's all purply and olive green/grey in real life, and even though it's also scarily fine to go along with the scarily skinny needles I still love it unreservedly.

Fun times ahead.

9 comments:

M-H said...

wow! Youre coming over to the dark side at last! Don't worry, little boy, it won't hurt at all... ::nasty cackle::

The Other Andrew said...

Yeah right! Won't hurt? Promise?...

Cecilia said...

Welcome to the dark side! I held off for years. Seemed like a ridiculous thing to do with one's spare time--for fun no less! Then I put on a pair of hand-knit socks... The rest, as they say, is history. Slightly obsessive-compulsive history at that!

What pattern are you using?
I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Quatrefoil said...

Reading your blog as a distraction for 15 mins in the third in a series of very long nights - looking forward to talking knitting with you some time soon. I find that the overhand (continental) method of holding the needles makes socks much easier, but it takes some getting used to.

Mindy said...

I love how you just throw yourself into the deep end with these things. Looking forward to lots of good blog posts on the socks.

Christopher said...

"it's giving this fruit the passions"...

I'm going to have to borrow that line the next time I describe a hottie that gives me the chills.

J'adore Merino wool!!

Kerry said...

Great news! That passionfruit is a beautiful colourway. I bought some mohair/merino laceweight yarn yesterday at the Craft Fair...of course,you know that knitting socks leads on to lace ;-) What pattern are you using?

ARJ said...

The first time I knit socks, I had no idea what I was doing and it turned out they were much easier than I thought. They are really much easier than you think. There's no reason to be afraid of the dark! ;-)

IRV said...

If the thought of double points is daunting, why not use the Magic Loop? One circular needle 60" long. Works great! I do all my socks like that.