once upon a time i knitted socks. i was taught to knit socks by some people in canberra and i loved the whole concept of it, little sections that changed quickly, the magic of a turned heel, a little sewing at the toe. lately, i ventured into toe-up construction, and the magic loop method, and was pleased to be learning new things about socks.
then i caught shawl flu. it started with the first aestlight, then another one, then icarus, and estonian designs, and now im contemplating a major shetland project. for me, a side effect of shawl flu has been the loss of sock mojo. it was revived briefly recently with my first shipment from the yarntini self striping club, but even that has stalled, and the lovely diamond ganseys i started when i first got wendy johnsons toe-up book seem, well, kind of blah:
the major problem with this situation is that most of my stash is sock yarn:
i have been collecting it for a while, and there are some real treasures in here, beautiful vibrant colours, yarn of the highest quality, and i have a queue of patterns in my head to go with them. but i cant justify buying anymore until i use up some of what i have. so yesterday, i made a kind of personal sock club. i chose my 6 absolute top favourite yarns from the basket, lettting myself freely take whatever ones i wanted to knit with most:
hmm, anyone see a theme there?! they are, zigzagging from left to right, top to bottom: malabrigo sock in ‘tiziano red’, lornas laces shepherd sock in ‘pilsen’, socks that rock lightweight in ‘kaw kaw’, colinette jitterbug in ‘morello mash’, knitabulous sock in ‘sacred forest’ and patonyle in ‘that good red’.
it doesnt matter that they’re all kind of similiar colours, and mostly luxury yarns to boot, because i can replace all of them, and probably will at the bus depot markets in may and then in bendigo. so it makes sense to use the ones i really want to knit with, and to match them with projects i really want to make. i have matched them with patterns that keep going around in my head, and are best just knitted and not thought about anymore. So the malabrigo becomes ‘rick’, the lornas laces becomes ‘no purl monkeys’, the str becomes ‘hedera‘, (and yes that would be three Cookie A patterns); the jitterbug becomes ‘wasabi peas’, the knitabulous becomes ‘moutain fold’ and the patonyle becomes ‘embossed leaves’.
im getting exhausted just thinking about it. the other thing, these are all for me. i tend to give a lot of socks away, but not these ones. i have bagged them all up and they will be chosen at random:
starting as soon as i have finished at least one pair of the ones i have on the needles now. however, there is one proviso. i do like to give socks away, and i do so love the yarntini self striping, so the plan is to intersperse all that red with some more earthy colours:
self striping just gets knitted plain, so these will all be done toe up and magic loop for car/travel knitting. thats another thing thats changed about my sock knitting. i used to swear by DPNs and cuff down, and while there are some things i dont like about toe up (for example, i am never doing another short row heel, ever, and how do i make the cast offs not so tight?!), but in terms of ease and convenience, magic loop has a lot to recommend it. is this some kind of knitting heresy, do you think? (i can feel Cookie A scowling at me now).
at any rate, i am slightly more in control of the sock situation today. what about you? are you running your own sock club? or did shawl flu get you too?