Monday, January 14, 2008

The journey to the pefect pair of socks...

So I went ice climbing on Saturday...and then on Sunday I lay like the dead on the sofa barely able to move. My boyfriend, "Babe", loves to ice climb and every now and then I decide that some togetherness on a weekend is in order and I haul myself out of bed at some unearthly hour and go climbing with him.

Ice climbing usually involves getting up at 6:30 a.m., packing a huge backpack that is bigger than me, then huffing my way up a steep trail with the said backpack on my back, freezing my butt off once we get to our destination because I got drenched in sweat on the hike in. Then I ice climb up a waterfall with all my awkward climbing gear on, i.e. my harness, crampons, leashes, helmet, ice axes. I propel my tired body upwards on steep ice, then pack up, and hike all the way back (typically down-hill thank god), and am unable to move the next day.

Why do I do it? I don't know. It's kind of like childbirth...you forget the pain and when you find yourself in that same place you ask yourself....why, why, why am I here again!!!Needless to say, my knitting suffers on such weekends. All I want to do is lay on the sofa and drink copious amounts of wine.

Even though my body felt like it was hit by a car, I did go to my weekly drop-in knitting class at Make 1 Yarn . Nothing would prevent me from my perfect sock journey. My dream has always been to knit socks. Why you ask? I don't know. There is something about knitted socks that just spells WOMAN, fiber work, hand-made something that someone might actually wear, nurturing and clothing your family...socks are just plain cool. My sock journey began last weekend and I got my seven inches done in no time. I had to wait till this weekend so Amy at Make 1 Yarn could teach me more. I worked on my sock and turned the heel!!! I will post pictures later.

Now I hope I can remember how to do this for the next sock. I am going to become a sock-knitting maniac. Socks are so fulfilling, unlike other things in life...like cleaning the bathroom for example, which is pointless really. Socks just advance - you have a finished product almost immediately. You gotta love it!!