Last week I cast myself on a pair of socks and realised a few things - socks can take a long time to knit, you need to stay focused to get them finished, but there is something extra special about knitting and wearing a pair of socks that you've put so much time and effort into.
I think I've mentioned this before, but I bought Wendy D. Johnson's book a few months ago - socks from the toe up - and it really has pushed me out of my comfort zone with knitting and has had me trying all sorts of new things. I always thought socks would be really tricky and out of my league, but they're actually just like knitting a garment, only on really tiny needles with a small ply of yarn. If you've been thinking of giving socks a whirl too, I'd highly recommend Wendy's book as it's very simple to understand/follow and has the most beautiful photos inside too, which is something I always look for in a good book!
I do plan to try and knit my way through the entire book (one day) of patterns, with the 'diamond gansey' socks being the ones on my needles at the moment. I'm doing the medium size (2.0mm needles) and I think I calculated a good 10-12 hours of knitting for the first sock and the second one is on my needles as I type. It's a long haul with lots of concentration needed! The yarn is 'Naturally Waikiwi' and is a mix of merino, nylon and alpaca that I bought on our New Zealand holiday earlier in the year. It's knitting up beautifully and is so nice and soft to work with.
Okay, much knitting to do, so I'd better get back to it.