28 January 2008

a squirrel is born

Look at my squirrel mitten!

Can you see the squirrel?
What's that? You can't see the squirrel?

I started the mitten for real yesterday, and (thanks to
Helen, and fortified by a cup of English Breakfast tea and a tart cherry scone), finally got enough of an idea of how to work with two colors of yarn to knit one and one-half rounds of the corrugated ribbing.

I'm almost (NOT QUITE) to the point of "ahhhh... THAT's how you do it" - that lovely point where something I had thought unattainable (such as knitting socks!) becomes do-able. "It's only knitting," says the Tsarina (who graciously picked up some stitches that had slid off my 2-circ sock). Yes, of course, it's only knitting -- but sometimes I develop a mental block the size of an asteroid a dwarf planet (say, Ceres), and it's a big deal to get around it.

The Ravelry women I knit with at Panera are as excited as I am about these mittens! I can't let them down. I
won't let them down. (Ryan, I won't let you down...)

13 comments:

amy said...

I am so excited for you! Those have been on your list for a bit, yes? Hurrah for you!

Paula said...

Whoo Hoo!
I am so excited for you too!
Isn't it a great feeling when you figure out the mystery of something that looks difficult!

OfTroy said...

like the proverb, a trip of a thousand miles is started with one step, so too, a mitten of a thousand stitches, is started with one..

you're on your way... each stitch will take you on a voyage, to places you've never been before.

you are one more knitter, traveling across time and space, making the world a pretty place with nothing more that a bit of string, a few sticks, and dollop of courage.(or is cup of tea?)

sunt_lacrimae_rerum said...

I'm so glad to see that you've started. It looks very good and your colors are delightful!

Penny said...

They will be marvelous!

KSD said...

So, maybe the lack of sturdy tea and a tart scone has been my problem with DPNs. . .

Couldn't be prouder of, nor more excited for, you.

Running Knitter said...

I'm excited too! I'm sure they'll be gorgeous.

Aunt Kathy said...

Did someone say Mental Block??? Ha I have a MENTAL WALL. When I finally own a pair of DPN's then perhaps I can finally scale that wall too.

:) can't wait to see the finished project

Jennifer said...

What a good start!

Carrie K said...

Yes! Yes! [pumps fist in air}

KnitNana said...

I am simply on the edge of my seat to see more photos of the squirrel!
Whoohoo!
(((hugs)))

Larjmarj said...

Very cool! Two color knitting is on my list.

adrienne said...

There is such a squirrel there. Absolutely!
:)