Well, it’s becoming an established fact that I’m thoroughly obsessed with sock knitting. Here are representatives of the first two finished pairs this month.
(My goodness, I have pale legs! This is why I don’t post self-photos…)
Yes, both socks of each pair are finished. Remember how I said the Embossed Leaves socks were too small for me? I had (reluctantly) tagged them mentally for the gift pile, but..
… through the wonders of blocking, and the mysteries of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn, an unexpected reward! After I blocked them, the lace pattern expanded widthwise and lengthwise, and now they fit my feet perfectly! Check out that toe shaping – love it!
And if further proof is needed that the Knit Goddess smiles upon our celebration of Socktoberfest, check these out:
Notice the matchy-matchiness? I swear, that was neither deliberate or expected (though very encouraging!) I cast on the second time using the same color portion as with the first, but had no idea where in the (I thought, apparently random,) stripe pattern I was working. I’m very happy that they go so well. I love the little picot-edge cuff, too – it’s so cute and pretty!
Lolly asked us to flash our sock yarn stash (Just look away, Andy, look away.) So I dug mine out, and was mildly appalled. (Note to secret pals and swap pals: do not let these photos discourage your gifts of more sock yarn. There is no such thing as too much.)
I said mildly, because I really love each and every skein, and plan to use all of them (and more!) I don’t usually buy sock yarn with a pattern in mind, any more than a painter buys a blank canvas and paint with a finished painting already envisioned. I might have a glimmer of an idea, or I might just like the colors or the hand of a particular yarn.
Most of the Paton’s Kroy there in the center is for Man Socks – I scored a huge lot of it off ebay last spring, mostly solid and heathered greys and blues. It’s not sock-religious to use discontinued Kroy for actual socks, is it?
A close up of some of the favorites, just for fun.
I know I have a lot of yarn. I believe I acquired most of it during the time when I was working every day; I had lots of money, and bought skads of yarn, but never had the time or energy to do much with it. Now that I’m at home all the time, I don’t have the money to buy lots of new yarn, but I have plenty of time to knit the stash!
Oh, and then there is this. The soon-to-be-dyed sock yarn stash.
Every wonder what 2.25 pounds of sock yarn looks like? (Skein of Lorna’s Laces for scale.)
Oh yes, it will be a blissfully busy winter…