Today I took the plunge. I bought some DPNs and started a pair of socks. I put aside my feelings of intimidation at working with more than two needles at once. I pushed down the fear of making one sock a different size than the other. I picked up the needles, yarn, and pattern and dove in head first!
And for my brave pursuit of sockdom, I have achieved the following:
Yes, it's an actual sock and it's just about ready to have the toe worked. Not bad for starting it around 5:00 this afternoon. (Okay, I know some of you could knock this out in a couple hours, but for me, this is working fast!)
To be fair, this is not done in sock yarn. It's Manos del Uruguay wool worked on size 10 DPNs. Why? Because I signed up for Socks 101 pattern test KAL that Larissa over at Stitch Marker is doing for her upcoming book. I decided if I was going to try a pair of socks, this was a good way to do it. So far, I've found the pattern very easy to follow. I only messed up once and had to frog a few rows, but quickly figured out where I skipped an instruction and fixed the problem.
Now the problem is that I will have to put this aside for a day or two so I can get some work done that I actaully get paid for. :P Tomorrow is a trek to Sunriver to deal cards. Long trip for a three-hour gig, but I'm carpooling with some other folks, so it won't be too bad. I might take the socks with me, but I doubt I'd be very successful working on them in the car, especially since a lot of the time it will be too dark to do anything. Maybe I'll just take my iPod instead. Bummer.
I'm working parties the rest of the week, including New Year's Eve and I have almost three hours of a medical conference to transcribe by next Wednesday, too. Vacation time is over!
As of right now, I have four WIPs on needles and two on looms. EEK! That's what happens when you have a short attention span, I guess. The thing is, when I knit the time goes by so quickly! I'll start working on something and the next thing I know, four hours have gone by! If I didn't have to use the bathroom and feed the cat, I probably wouldn't stop at all! Now if I could only figure out a way to get PAID for knitting, that would be totally cool. Oh well. . .