Friday, November 26, 2010

Socks again

Last night I cast on a pair of vanilla socks.  We had hosted Thanksgiving and even though I had high hopes for knitting on a Dale sweater, there wasn't much chance of that happening.  As it was, I cooked and baked for most of the day, and didn't sit down to knit until after dinner.  Earlier in the morning, I had decided to dig through the sock yarn stash and find something I wanted to knit with.  I found numerous skeins of Opal printed sock yarn.

Now, I have patterns for some of this yarn, but most of them involve using 72 stitches, and that creates a sock that is much too big for this girl's size 6 1/2 feet.  So I just grabbed some Opal and some size 0s, cast on 64 stitches and away I went.  So far there's about 3 1/2 inches knit.  Brainless potato chip knitting which I haven't done in a while.

So, I decided to start a year of socks.  Now, there is no way that I would ever join the 52 pair plunge, because frankly, I like knitting sweaters too much, and socks are always way down on my knitting list.  But, I was thinking - how many pairs of hand knitted socks do I have in my sock drawer?  And the answer was a big, fat Zero.  The only hand made socks in there are hand-cranked socks, and they weren't even made by me, even though I have a sock knitting machine.  So, I have decided, a year of knitting socks - minimum of one pair finished per month.  That's one sock every 2 weeks, and if I feel adventerous, I can shoot for knitting a sock a week. 

And I will confess that this won't even put a dent in my sock yarn stash.  But sock yarn doesn't count - right?