Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yarn Paralysis

Smitten.
Smitten with socks.
Dreaming of thick, wool, multicolored, nordic patterns.
The boot worthy kind so fat you can barely get a shoe on kinda socks.

Picked up a book on sock knitting over the weekend... thanks to my mother-in-law and a 50% off coupon for JoAnn Fabrics. Packed up the basket and headed out to the campfire to start a trial run.

Yarn choice: multi-colored.. for the first pair. This is due to a new knitting condition I've developed called:

Yarn Paralysis:
When faced with numerous delicious choices of yarn, the knitter will then assume a coma like stare stare, with mouth open, unable to make a confident choice in color and gauge for about an hour. Yarn paralysis can only be broken by the ringing of a mobile phone with a spouse on the other end asking when dinner is going to be ready.

Thought I'd start with the "Woodsman" sock from Elizabeth Zimmerman's book "Knitting Around". It contained directions and abbreviations I knew or could look up. Going good so far. Stayed up waaaay too late last night to watch the heel form. I got a 'C' in geometry, so it is amazing to me to see these things take shape. Sewing patterns? That's another story...

Fresh sheets blowing on the line while the chickens get let out to roam.

Helen and Mary Claire are campaigning for argyles.
Get in line girls...

I came across this giant colander in a thrift shop. Wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but it has come into a life of its own. Now it sits in the living room by the fire with balls of yarn waiting for a project.

24 comments:

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I don't think it gets any better than this...The book, the yarn and knitting , chickens and a killer collander for yarn storage...not to mention the drying sheets.
Thank you for brightening my day...beatiful and inspiring post.
Love all of it...you'll be a sock fanatic in no time.

Laurie said...

I love the huge colander full of yarn. And your definition of yarn paralysis! Mmmm...and fresh sheets on the line.

dmoms said...

loving everything about this post.

Earth Mama said...

Love the colander usage. I have yet to delve into socks. There will be a time for that. I think Helen and Mary Claire would like some socks of their own, don't you think?

:)Lisa

Chiot's Run said...

Love that big colander, wish I could find one. But since I don't go to thrift stores and much of anywhere that'll probably be difficult. I have an old basket I use.

Can't wait to see the socks.

Amy Blogs @ River Rock Cottage said...

I'm totally impressed with your knitting ability! What a great skill. MAYBE someday I'll learn this one, too. Is Yarn Paralysis contagious?

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Wow! That colander couldn't even dream about such afterlife! Will you show us the socks when they are finished, please?

Earth Girl Knits (Emily) said...

YUM! Socks are my favorite. I definitely get yarn paralysis. My non-knitting friends and family don't get it. "Just pick one!" It takes one to know one, I guess. I love the colors in the yarn you chose. Nice pick!

[Hoping I'll soon be one to let the chickens out...:) ]

Michelle said...

what a beautiful day at your place! l.o.v.e. the collander...color me jealous!

I wish I knew how to knit...it's just so beautiful...

I'm cracking up at yarn paralysis...nothing like a hungry hubby to snap us into action!

Jessica said...

That yarn in the collander is perfect!!! Yarn paralysis has hit me hard recently-Happy sock knitting!

Joanna said...

Such a pretty collection of balls of wool in the colander…it is a wonderful cleverness to be able to knit!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your post...I really want to knit socks (getting tired of scarves) but I have trouble joining the stitches with dpn's...any tips?
Rural Revival's Mom

Holli said...

Oooooo - love the colander of yarn!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I'm back...just had to tell you again how much I appreciate your blog. Your words and images...the whole enchilada.

Sarah { bee house hives } said...

Leigh,
You crack me UP! I am laughing my head off at your definition of yarn paralysis.

Sheets on the line, chickens, wool. You are the best. Why o why do friends like you have to live so far away.

Your socks are coming along great. Can't wait to see them. I call myself the one sock wonder.. I get one done and wonder when in the heck I will get the other one done and wonder how will it ever look like the first.

tara said...

socks! you've eclipsed me so quickly, i'm the slowest learning knitter in mama business :)
i love your yarn in the colander, by the way!

Elephant's Eye said...

I knitted an 'heirloom' pullover for my niece. 8 'sock heels' around the bottom. That way the knitted stitches run right to left, as ever, but ALSO up and down. And in vibrant coloured stripes. Stayed up till 4 in the morning. She loves it! And I haven't knitted for 8 years.

Beegirl said...

Rural Revival's Mom: I threw in the towel and went to a local yarn shop for a class. BEST $10 I ever spent. I've also found some ladies who meet up at a local bookstore once a week. See if you can join a group.. bet they can get you pointed in the right direction. Pointed..sorry.. I couldn't resist! : )

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Yarn paralysis? Oh, you crack me up!

I've heard that yarn paralysis can also be broken by running, screaming, from the yarn store while pulling out one's hair. Takes a smidgen of will power, but a good poke with a knitting needle gets the ball rolling.

Carmen said...

Love the picture of the chickens perusing the books! As for me I have yarn, crochet, and knitting paralysis...I'm hopeless!

underthebigbluesky said...

wow....didn't look like it took long for that addiction to take over, wink, wink.

i get the same paralysis with fabric, just so you know.

deb said...

That colander is a perfect fit for yarn in the winter and gathering fresh veggies in the summer! Love your photos. :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Nancy said...

Now you've got me wanting those thick boot socks. Love your choice of yarn...multi-colored. Photo of chickens checking out your book...excellent. And that huge collander...couldn't have come up with a better use for it myself.

farmama said...

Ooo...I love that giant colander....and Elizabeth Zimmermans book! You've done so well with your knitting....seems like you've picked it up with such grace! It looks like spring in your neck of the woods...still buried in snow over here. I hope you're having a nice weekend!
love,
sara