Monday, December 6, 2010

Socks and Stash

I have a confession to make. I love sock yarn. I love the idea of knitting socks. I actually do knit socks. But there is something about socks- the heel, the fact that you have to make two of them, the amount of numbers you have to know to make them useful- that puts them low on the list of things I love to knit. 

For some reason, I have difficulty turning sock yarn into not-socks. This irks me. I suppose this does explain why I have 3 pairs of socks-in-progress and lots more sock yarn with plans to become socks. 

Koigu KPPPM, colorway P917 1
2 skeins, from The Yarn Company, NYC.

I am calling these my 'Halloween Socks' because... well...

You're smart people.
Needles: US 2.
Pattern: My own cobbled together toe-up pattern. More on this when I finish them.

A few months ago, I decided to start keeping track of all my yarn purchases. It has been interesting to watch the list grow, but the numbers are guilt-inspiring. I'm not sure I recommend it. In my defense, the NYC Yarn Crawl happened during that time, which probably doubled my estimated yarn purchases for the year. As a result of this, I have decided to go on a yarn diet at least until a) all of my yarn fits in the bin again, or b) all of my yarn fits in the bin without the lid bulging, or c) my husband stops giving the bin unhappy sideways glances. Probably 'c' will be the end of the yarn diet. I sense a pair of mittens in his future, possibly so that he'll ignore the yarn I picked up in Arkansas (at Yarn Mart) last week.

Speaking of which!

I picked up 2 skeins of this lovely:

Shibui Sock in Stone. This stuff is amazingly soft and squooshy and 100% merino wool. These are currently destined to be a pair of socks for my mother- unless something better (than socks) comes along.

I also got 2 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Co's Happy Feet, in a lovely burgandy/purple/bright pink colorway that is halfway to a pair of socks (The Yarn Harlot's plain sock pattern) for my grandmother-in-law.

Last, but not least, I got one skein of Alpaca with a Twist Highlander, in Tartan Red. It's already most of a hat (my own design) for my grandfather-in-law. I love this yarn- it is very soft, squishy, warm and joyful to work with.

Pictures to be posted this week! Promise. Double promise. :-)

1 comment:

  1. "c) my husband stops giving the bin unhappy sideways glances"

    I just had to read that one out loud to Daniel.

    On the plus side, I've managed to consolidate my yarn into one bin and two boxes, instead of one bin, one box, one drawer, and several shopping bags. Perhaps consolidate isn't quite the right word...