Sunday, January 21, 2007

So Much Sock Yarn, So Few Socks

Sock yarn. You've got to love it. Beautifully colored, tightly spun, smooth and lustrous. Self-striping, variegated, nearly solids - I like it all. I like that when you find some you can't resist, you know how much to buy, and it doesn't have to be much. And I love wearing socks I have hand knit. But the truth is, I'm not passionate about knitting them.

Are you still there?

Oh, I like knitting the occasional sock. I loved knitting my Olympic socks (in spite of the questionably dyed yarn), and I loved knitting these that were on deadline for a birthday. But so often when I have a sock on the needles as backup knitting to grab and go, instead of getting up and going, it languishes and progress is barely discernible for weeks on end.

But still I can't ignore the Call of the Sock Yarn. So periodically, if I'm not knitting socks, I have to find another use for it.

What we have here is the same blue sock you've seen before. This is still the first sock, even though I love the yarn and can't wait to get it on my feet. It's just taking its time. Clockwise from there is the square I couldn't resist knitting for this knitalong. It just seemed like a fun thing to do and I had left over Koigu from last winter's Mitten Period. And rounding out the trio is a Sally Melville Shape-It scarf. I never used to be a "scarf person," but that's another story ...


textilejunkie said...

Well I'm certainly better at buying the sock yarn than actually making the socks, it's just so darn irresistible you know. Oh but I do love wearing them :-)

All in the bowl are just lovely – and actually so is the bowl. I'm really liking that bowl. I have to get started on my square, I too have signed up for that one.

Ava said...

Thanks for blogging about the Call of Sock Yarn. I have bails of sock yarn and though I love knitting socks, finding alternative uses will be useful.

Hilary said...

Oh no, and your sister-in-law keeps giving you more! (For the very reasons that you mention, multiplied by 10 when it's for someone else ...)
I feel sock yarn is comforting to have around, and even better a started sock, for when you don't know what else to knit. But there must be no pressure to finish!
Everything looks great ...

Dipsy D. said...

I *so* hear you on the sock yarn - how could anyone ever resist all those colours and the sheer goodness of it? And I love all the goodies in the bowl - as well as the bowl itself!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say Hello and thank you for your nice comments on my blog.
(My partner wants socks and a hat now :))
I read your blog this morning - fantastic shawls ! and your town, what a great location, I envy you for the snow and for the mountains.

best wishes,