Yesterday I was delighted to find Gerald home from work early, and I quickly proclaimed: "I'm off to the yarn store!" With no objections from the boys, I headed into town to LYS (local yarn store) #2 - so named because it's the second yarn store that I discovered. My mission: acquire the equipment needed for the Olympics. Namely, sock yarn and US #1 dpns, preferably bamboo.
(N.B. - The swatch pinned to the armchair is not the beginning of the sock, it's me checking my guage. I'm not cheating, folks, I'm in training. My guage was spot on and the swatch has already been frogged.)
I was successful in the gathering of equipment, and seeing as the yarn lady was feeling chatty (and frankly - so was I) I decided to let her in on the story of my Olympic effort. I showed her the pattern, told her about the timeline, described that this will be my first attempt at socks, and listened as she deemed my goal unreachable.
- "You have to be careful of online patterns."
- "This seems like a hard pattern."
- "You'd better get started right away."
- "It wouldn't be cheating if you didn't tell anyone you started early."
There are some important things that you don't know about me, knitting lady. Perhaps most telling, I was an athlete for many many years of my life. The competitive spirit that made me successful during those years hasn't softened. When I heard about the Olympics there was a spark in me that reminded me of my former self. I feel challenged and it feels good.
Also, knitting lady, do I seem stupid? Don't you think I've read through the pattern a hundred times making sure that I'm prepared for my sixteen days of intense sock knitting? Do you think I can't handle it? Do you think I should take advice from you just because you work in a yarn store? And suggesting I cheat! Blasphemy! I am intelligent and I've got that going for me.
I stood my ground while finishing my purchase. I told her I would not start early. I told her that even if I don't finish, I will have tried my hardest. I DID NOT tell her thanks for her encouragement. Poo on you, twice, lady. YOU'RE FIRED.
But why is this the tale of two yarn stores? Well, LYS #1 is much more homey and I think the knitters there are much more experienced. They just don't have the selection (yarn or needles) of LYS #2. The two stores are totally opposite, and I doubt they are friends. So I think I've made a horrible mistake by purchasing my yarn at LYS #2. I can't take a project using yarn bought at LYS #2 to LYS #1 to ask them for help. Or can I? Oh, who knows. And on top of it all, I'm 99% sure my Olympic efforts would have been understood and supported had I bought yarn at LYS #1.
I understand (maybe more today than I did yesterday, after the dumb lady's comments) that it will be a true challenge to finish this project in a mere 16 days. I won't be horribly upset if I don't finish. But I will try. I will knit my little heart out. I will prove all the disbelievers wrong. I will knit a pair of socks.
And I WILL NOT have a baby before February 26th.