My Ravelry projects list tells me I have just completed my eighth pair of socks for 2014.
Why, I ask myself, have I knitted half my personal goal of one year’s worth of socks in just over two months, and not much else? It has become a bit of a compulsion. (You may remember I said I’d knit 12 pairs of patterned socks and four pairs of plain in 2014…)
The obsession with socks does not seem to be paling. I’m in the middle of the most gorgeous socks I’ve ever seen at the moment.
These are Rumpelstiltkin, also by Verybusymonkey, who along with Cookie A, might just be one of my favourite sock designers of all time! They don’t look like much at the moment, but I have high hopes.
I spied this pattern a while ago, but have been trying to find the right yarn for it. I think the thing that makes this sock pattern extra appealing is the quality of the yarn that the socks were knit in. I wanted to replicate that look. The specified yarn is a merino/silk blend (now discontinued). I thought it was an unusual blend for a sock yarn, and probably the original intention for this yarn was not for socks. However, it makes a stunning sock! Especially in this pattern. It’s a bit like silk lingerie – so very pretty, and sooo special, but not exactly practical. Never mind, I thought, who says all socks must be work horses!?
But now, where to find yarn like this? After much trawling on websites and considerings, I found that Sally of Verandah Yarns had just the yarn I was looking for!! It’s Mersilk Sock, and I was lucky enough, when I contacted her, to find that she had a colour in her seconds bin of the shade type I was after. Thank you Sally!!!
I am very, very happy with how it’s turning out!
The other sock I am knitting is one of the current Hiya Hiya Free & Funny KAL sock patterns for March/April. If you are a keen sock knitter, and don’t know about this forum on Ravelry yet, check it out! There are currently two patterns being knit – I’ve chosen to go with the Peach Leaves Lace Socks. They’re rather cute.
I am using Knitsch for this project – in Gwyneth, because it is the exact colour of peach blossom. (Summer Crush would have been perfect in this sock too, but I just can’t bring myself to use it just yet…) My stash is getting quite a toss as I search for the perfect yarns for my sock projects! It’s really quite fun!
One other sock is lurking on the needles – it’s a ‘waiting’ sock (for when I’m hanging around out and about). I shan’t jinx them by showing them here. They may just end up as a gift…assuming nothing goes wrong with them!
None of this of course answers the question – what drives me to knit socks to the exclusion of all else? The first storm of the season rudely blasted summer out of existence this week (at least in this part of New Zealand). While I am cuddled up in happy knits, one young boy could do with a sweater for one thing! There are definitely other projects I could be knitting!
The conclusion I have reached is that socks are giving me the ‘quick satisfaction’ I need right now. They’re pretty, satisfying to knit, and most importantly, finish fast. While I want to knit garments (there is a lot of looking at patterns for a sweater and cardigan project especially), the need to see quick results appears to be high on my agenda. I think it reflects my aims for this year – to get results, and achieve the goals I’ve been driving towards for a while. It’s the only explanation I can think of!