WIP Wednesday – Something for me!

The Manly Scarf is done! I’m so happy, even though it was a bit late it’s still done in time for the cool weather. Anyway I’ll write about that for Finished Objects Friday.

Meanwhile for the first time in a long time I not only had no current projects, but I had time to work on something for me.  Not only a new skill that I want to learn, but an end project that would be all mine.

To that end I started the Sock Knitting Workshop by Craftsy which I signed up for a very long time ago but have not yet completed.

It took a little bit of time before getting to the actual knitting but all of the lead up information was very useful and although I was impatient to get started I knew it would be worthwhile.  And when we finally did start to knit I wondered if I had gotten in over my head (even though I’ve only finished one of the toes on one of the sock patterns!).

The first practical exercise was to begin with a swirl toe using a Turkish cast-on method.  I have only ever cast on using the cable cast-on method before so this was huge. Also I am not yet experienced in knitting with thin yarn nor small needles nor double-pointed needles.

But despite the teacher explaining how we should practice on bigger yarn on bigger needles I decided to dive in head-first and start the real thing.

And I’m loving it!!!!IMG-20130403-00202

IMG-20130403-00207Yes it’s difficult, yes it’s fiddly, yes my fingers are aching. But I haven’t been this excited about a project in a long time.  I want to stay up all night and knit and I don’t know how I’ll be able to stand going to work tomorrow when all I want to do is stay at home and work more on these socks.

If only there were more hours in the day! Or if only I didn’t need my job to support my yarn habit.

In addition to the project itself I am also loving this yarn. It’s a gorgeous deep navy blue that surprises me each time I look at it with how rich it is.  I borrowed/stole it from my mother’s stash a few years ago and it’s just sat in the back of my yarn drawer ever since as it was too thin a ply for any of my projects.

Boy I cannot wait for a winter spent making socks with this stuff! There’s even a few more balls of it in addition to what’s pictured.

All the yarn/knitting stars have aligned for me this week!

Hope you’re all loving life as much as I am!

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