Monday Apr 27, 2009

Sock knitting is magic

Who would have thought that after only a few short weeks I would be knitting socks on a magic loop. Not I. Being left-handed, I believed knitting was another right handed conspiracy designed to keep lefties out. I imagined having to learn to knit the opposite way from right handed people. I imagined having to find specialized needles and patterns. Why did I wait so long to try? There is no conspiracy. I can knit. I'm good at it. Now, mind you I've only made mittens and socks and well I have made a few hats too. But I'm truly intrigued with making socks. 


I knitted for the first time on an airplane a few weeks ago. I was attempting my first pair of socks on double point needles. The B-Man next to me on the plane commented that it would be cheaper to just buy the socks. I told him he was missing the point, but I didn't explain it to him because I knew he still wouldn't understand. How do you explain the brain shift that knitting ignites. The calm. The focus. Its every bit as challenging as a cross word puzzle or sudoko or painting or some other skill that keeps your mind sharp and your hands busy, plus you get a bonus...socks you can wear, give as a gift or simply donate back to the community. I've got quite a collection started for the Church Holiday Boutique next year.  Well, I have to have something to do with the stock pile of yarn I've been gathering.....but that's a story for next time.



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