I have been following a blog, Patchwork Times, by Judy Laquidara, for about fifteen months now. Judy is a quilter, book writer, knitter, gardener, cook, canner extraordinaire, chicken Mama, and many other things. Judy is extremely inspiring, as I've recently drastically cut my work hours and am home more. I read her blog and can't imagine how she manages to do all she does. I LOVE her chicken & husband stories, I want to meet her dog, and I want to emulate her sock-making abilities!
I decided a couple of evenings ago, after reading Judy's most recent blog postings, that I NEED to learn how to knit socks! She made 13 pair in 2012, and every pair look so comfy! Most were colorful, and I think each pair was in a different knit pattern. Love love love!!!
I'm not sure why I've been "nervous" to learn. Is it because I won't be able to figure it out? Or, maybe because I'm afraid I'll feel challenged at first, learn what I need to know, and then the challenge goes away and takes my desire to knit with it? I tend to be more afraid of the latter... I don't want to go out and buy a ton of stuff (like I "might" have done before with other crafts), and then not use it.
I saw a friend today, and I mentioned my desire to learn to knit. I didn't realize (errrr - "remember") that she used to knit. I mentioned Judy's blog, and all of her 2012 socks, and how I want to learn how to make socks. My friend proceeded to give me the book "Stitch 'N Bitch," by Debbie Stoller, as well as a "Baby Knits Kit," by Sara Lucas, that has 20 super cute projects, mostly (but not all) for baby.