My Father's Day socks are coming along really well. I couldn't believe it when I finished the leg last night. I figured with the quilt show this weekend eating up most of my time these socks would be sadly neglected. It's a very strange moment when you realize you've moved beyond the stage of beginner. I'm sure most of the people around me would say, "Well duh," when they read this, but I haven't really stopped to examine my skill level in a while. I remember my first quilt show 3 years ago. I entered one quilt that is a great example of a first quilt. The points didn't match, a few seams popped open, and there were more than a few wrinkles on the back. Oh, I did I mention I made it using old jeans. Not the fabric a first quilter should choose.
I remembered walking around the show and looking at all of the amazing quilts the other ladies had finished that year and wondering if I'd ever be that good. I was seriously questioning if I should just quit since it felt like such a hopeless cause when my husband asked if I enjoyed making my quilt. I thought for a few moments and realized that yes, I did have fun with it. Then I heard a few of the women talk about how long they'd been quilting and most had been at it for 5-7 years. Five years wasn't so long. I continued to quilt and learn as much as I could from the quilters around me. This year I entered 6 quilts into the show! Even more exciting 4 of the 6 were original designs. Walking around I realized that I have moved so far beyond a beginner quilter.
Now seeing how much of this sock I knit this week in all of it's busy chaos I realize I've moved beyond a beginner knitter too. Having such projects as my lace shawl and my heavily cabled green sweater under my belt it's weird that a sock makes me feel accomplished. I read once that all knitting is broken down into the knit and purl stitch. Everything else is just a variation of those two stitches. This has given me the ability to look at complicated patterns and say, "It's just two stitches, I can do this." However I may not be able to do it fast. Knitting fast takes experience.
Here's a close-up of the pattern. Old Joe Socks is a great pattern for guy socks. It's nice to have something more than a vanilla sock, but still very simple and appropriate for work. I love how perfectly my water bottle fills in for a leg. It really gives the sock the shape it needs to show off the pattern.