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?


Anonymous said...

I hope you are right about that. My sock yarn "not stash" is threatening to overwhelm the cedar chest where it lives!

Good luck with your sock plan.

cheryl said...

no sock yarn doesn't count. I have been knitting a lot of socks as well. Wouldn't you think they would make better summer projects? Maybe it's the immediate satisfaction of trying them one and wearing them right after you knit them.....