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 ...

5 comments:

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,
Silvia