So this has been my Friday:
Scarlett and I (seriously, could you name that pincushion anything else?) have been busy making props for the second grade re-inactment of the landing of the Mayflower, which shall take place Tuesday. I had to make the patterns up, and then cut out multiples.
Understandably, I haven’t made too much progress on the socks-in-progress.
I frogged the Secret Stranded project, for the time being at least. I was worried about the size, having a bit of trouble with the yarns (two different brands, slightly different weights) and just not into it right now. Just cause.
Well, to be completely honest, I think I’m getting a bit tired of socks, and it was another sock.
(What was that she said? Tired of socks??!?)
I think it’s not the socks themselves as much as the self-imposed holiday deadline. I’m really aching to cast on Autumn Rose, but every time I sit down to revise my gift-knitting list, I remember someone I’d left off. The neighbor I promised socks to, the girls’ teachers… I’m The Knitting Lady around here; anything store bought would be out of character. My mainstay gift is socks. I can estimate a shoe size with just a few furtive glances, and knit a sock to fit, and it’s so much fun to amaze the unsuspecting recipient with a humble, beautiful pair of hand knit socks.
But I’m growing weary of socks, socks, socks…
So I’m thinking I may knit other things as gifts. Mittens, perhaps, because they’re shorter overall, can be fun with intricate patterning.And they’re just NotSocks.
Hats are NotSocks too, and they have the added bonus of not coming in pairs.
There are always scarves, but they’re so long – no, I’d better stay away from scarves.
Dishcloths can be cute, if I can get over my cotton aversion. I’ve seen some really cool patterns out there, and I’ve got a load of Peaches ‘n’ Cream in a basket or drawer somewhere…
Any other suggestions?? Anyone?
(*Note to any immediate or extended family member who may read this and begin to panic, imagining the arrival of a warshcloth rather than your cozy woolen socks: YOUR socks are probably already made.)