Well, for me any way. Sock Thursdays have gone from Hannah, Paula and I, to a whole crew in my absence! Seeing everyone’s socks last week gave me the biggest smile and it also made me a bit sad. I miss knitting socks but with all the craziness of surgeries, healing and not being able to wear socks, it was a bit weird. Or it was until I saw all those amazing posts and realized I was ready for another pair.
When I looked in The Yarn Bin, I realized the main reason I wasn’t knittig socks: every bit of sock yarn is ear marked for other projects, namely pullovers, all of which are on hold until my new tools arrive in 5-14 days.
You do realize you could have just gotten some sock yarn when you got new needles right?
I did, and though sock yarn is on the list, I can’t get any more yarn because I just don’t have room for it. The Yarn Bin has already overflowed into the Project Bin so not a scrap of yarn enters the house until I’ve done some serious de-stashing.
Just when it looked like I’d be missing out on another Sock Thursday, something on the edge of memory triggered my Spidey sense.(Yes. My Spidey sense not only warns me of impending danger, it also has my back in all things knitting.)
Way, way, waaay back when I was gifted my first set of DPNs(long before there was a Yarn Bin), I was also gifted 2 skeins of fancy sock yarn. This was far too fine a yarn to keep with the acrylic, so it went in my sewing basket where it lay forgotten until that very second.
Without wasting another moment, I cast on for this free pattern by Glenna C but I have no idea what to expect. My mother in law gifted me this yarn and like most folks she likes color in a markedly different way than I do, so this should be an adventure! Socks are a pretty safe space for weird colors, since I get to wear this fabulously soft yarn but do so in the privacy of my boots 🙂 I couldn’t be happier though: I get to knit socks for two healthy feet/legs. Here’s what things are looking like thus far.
This ought to keep me out of trouble until it’s time to start my pullover once more. Best of all, it contributes to my de-stashing since the key goal here is to get all my yarn down to the one bin by the end of the year. Anything that doesn’t fit, goes and anything that stays has to have a designated project. I know I’m not going to get through all of it but I’d like to give it a shot since I feel this odd sense of responsibility to the yarn I’ve been given.
Hush girl, too much yarn is not a bad thing.
Generally, I’d agree, but in this case, I feel bad for the yarn. It just isn’t me, so I have a hard time reaching for it. Someone else could be happily knitting with it and I could have a lot more space for sock yarn. Since I mostly knit for myself, my favorite yarn to reach for consists of soft plant fibers and is in what most people deem boring neutrals. In fact, I have a theory that this is why people go out of their way to give me the brightest colored yarn they can find – or if you’re my mother in law and are kindly gifting me yarn for my first pair of socks there’s somewhat of a compromise and I get the yarn pictured above 🙂
I don’t have anything against color, in fact I adore it – just not on me and never in large quantities. My kind is to, for example, wear all charcoal but add a bright teal scarf. Or if I’m knitting, to add a pop of color and be done with it. I think it celebrates the color a lot more. This probably means that I should knit up all the inherited yarn into gifts, prayer shawls and stuff along those lines. This way people get to snuggle into something warm this winter, and I get a bit more space for sock yarn 🙂 In the mean time, this pair of sock