Sorry to disappoint, but this post is not about Fergus. If it was it would have to be titled New Dog, No Tricks. No, this post is about me and my quest to learn new things and challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone. My comfort zone basically consists of my kitchen and my computer desk, so I don't have far to go to cross the boundary line.
Last night was the first martial arts class since I blogged about trying it out. All weekend I went back and forth about whether to give it another try. In the end I decided I would not be happy with myself if I didn't at least give it one more week. Am I ever glad I went! First of all, there was another woman there, and she just started last November. She was well beyond her twenties, and was incredibly encouraging. There were also a couple other newbies, so I didn't feel like the odd one out.
But here's the best part! At one point I was paired up with the female instructor during an exercise. She said she noticed the t-shirt I was wearing last week had a knitting sheep logo on it (it's from the Loopy Ewe) and she wondered if I was a knitter. I said yes and she said she is a knitter too. We got all excited in that weird way that knitters do when they discover each other in the wild. Here's the best part though. I asked her what she liked to knit and she said socks! This is almost enough in itself to keep me going back to the class. And yes, I still enjoyed the hitting.
I have also been stepping out of my comfort zone with my sock knitting. The new Knitty has a great sock pattern called Longitudinal. They are knit in garter stitch, and constructed in a completely different way than any socks I have ever attempted. I dug through my stash and found some Knit Picks Felici self-striping yarn and cast on.
These were fast and fun to knit. So much fun that I ordered some Crazy Zauberball, the yarn the pattern calls for, and have cast on my second pair already. The longer colour runs on the Zauberball make for a much nicer sock than the Felici. Plus I now know to take out a few rows to make them a bit smaller. Still, I am very happy with the way pair #1 turned out.
I wonder what I should try next. I'm open for suggestions...