Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Socks socks & more socks

I have a lotta' sock yarn. And unlike some people, adding in more (and more and more) sock yarn makes me happy. What does not make me happy in relation to my sock yarn is stashing it but ultimately not (ever) knitting it. That makes me unhappy. And unhappy, as we all know, isn't any knitter's preferred state of being.

So I figured that as I've just cast-on for my Chuck's Cabled Socks and am already about 2/3 of the way through the first leg (After hearing about all of the sizing issues with this sock, I try it on every 2-3 rounds to make sure that as it grows in length it'll still fit over my ankle!) that I should start looking ahead to my next sock. After all, one thing that I've learned for certain about myself is that I tend to work and knit in a forward-moving sort of way. While I always love what I've currently got on the needles, I always absolutely *adore* whatever it is that I'm planning to have next on the needles!

So with that in mind, I figured that I should cast an eagle eye over the sock skeins currently in my stash and devote some clear and concise thought to what yarn will ultimately get knitted into something else......


Once I hauled out my stash of sock yarns, I found myself to be thrilled all over again - same as when I bought each individual skein. And then I started pondering what patterns should be knitted with which yarn. I knew what is on my 'Favorites' list in Ravelry, so that was where I started, looking at each pattern, then at the assorted skeins, trying to ferret out what should be transformed into what.

And then I realized that honestly, most of the time the yarn itself was telling me what to do in no uncertain terms.









So honestly, once I opened my eyes - and my ears - it really was a lot easier to decide what socks are going to grace my sock drawer than I thought it was. Now the only real question is:

who's first?

My heart tends to love the latest & newest - I'm shallow that way - and really the 'Beekeeper' skein is truly a thing of stunning beauty. And that Twisted Flower sock does look like it would be fun and so totally different to tackle after all of the cables that I'm currently working on.........

3 comments:

Denise said...

Gosh, so much sock yarn ;-) It must feel nice now that you have some idea what you will knit. But yes! what first? so much choice.

Mathgirl said...

I wish I only had that many skeins of sock yarn waiting to be knit up to decide from. I also suffer from the "use the newest & shiniest first" syndrome so who knows when I'll ever get to older purchases. I hope the sea storm pushes its way to the top. It hated me trying to knit with it so hopefully I'll get some joy by vicariously watching you knit with it. Plus, I've gifted quite a bit of yarn but I've never seen anyone knit with it...

Emily said...

Put it all in a bag and mix it up. Reach in and make what comes out! You get three do-overs.