Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Flying by the Seat of my Pants

I wore Sweet Peas to work on Monday and told a co-worker that I had made it. "Wow" he said, "That's extreme knitting!" I laughed. He doesn't have a clue.

Imagine trying to learn to walk a tightrope for the first time. It's scary because you're trying to do something you've never done before. Even though you understand the theory of the pole and where to place your feet, it's a whole other thing to put it into practice 20 feet above the ground. Now imagine making your first attempt in public. That's how I feel about these socks.

This feels like Fear Factor knitting, a stunt. I wonder if people will be watching and wondering "Can she do it? Will she fall? Will there be pieces to pick up afterwards?"

And yet, I take it a little at a time. When I'm well rested, and it's quiet, I put in a half hour or so and set it aside when I'm getting tired. At this pace, it will be a wonder if I finish before September, but somehow I don't care. I'm satisfied to have made the attempt.

I told Dave that I was going to embroider those complicated curlicues, but I changed my mind. Or not. I can always embellish them some afterwards. I won't know till I get there.

Yes Jo, I'm a masochist. Some how I'm happiest when I'm miserably challenged. At least I've learned to balance it with some simple pleasures.

This, my traveling sock, is my own true love that entertains me an soothes me. A walk in the park compared to the tightrope.

Um, I'm being a little melodramatic here. I wish I had a funny follow up, but I don't. Just be aware, I'm aware.


  1. I'm in love with your socks.

  2. Wow! It isn't very often I run into another knitter willing to do Intarsia. I've done quite a bit of it. It's intense, that's true, but I think it's worth the trouble.

    Keep at it. You're doing a great job on it.

  3. It is brave, what you're doing, and I'm holding my breath in admiration.

  4. mary jane3:35 am

    Dear Laurie,
    Your design looks good. Is it from the charted celtic design book? I picked up my own copy at
    dunvegan castle. Joined my knitting tour last night.

    Edinburgh wet and cool. Rest of Scotland sunny and hot. Not prepared for hot. If you ever get a chance to go to Skye, take it. Absolutely beautiful. Going to Roslyn today with roomate and having a really good time.

  5. I sure am enjoying this sock come to life!! The take along sock looks like the perfect antidote - beautiful coloring/striping!

  6. holy crap - you're a more fearless knitter than I am! I'm just now getting my mind (and courage) wrapped around simple fair isle and intarsia knitting.

  7. wow, very impressive progress on the fancy sock!
    and i also love the traveling sock; what yarn is that . . . it's a beautiful colorway!

  8. mary jane2:19 am

    Weather better today. Going to see some castles today. Off to Orkney early tomorrow. Got a pair and half of socks done.

  9. at first I thought you wore knitted pants to work... since the blog title was 'Fkying by the seat of my Pantss" then you said you wore a knitted article to work,,,

    LOL. Silly me.
    I know nothing of knititng, but I can still tell hen an item takes more work than another....

    I like the red striped socks.. too bad I don;t wear socks...

  10. I think you are doing a gorgeous job!! I love how the sock looks exactly like the bookmark. And if it takes you a whole year to finish, so what? You can't rush greatness. :)