I realised as I looked at the socks I have knitted this year, that I have a very definite preference for sock colours. Mostly blue, green and purply tones. Nothing too bright or shouty, nothing too unusual.
Is that me being very, very boring? Most likely.
Maybe I just wanted the socks to tone with my grey and blue shoes (but then how do you explain the berry shades…?)
Perhaps it’s because they tone with my clothes (but then, how many colours don’t go with my usual uniform of blue jeans?)
That made me think that perhaps I could do something different with my sock goals for 2015. Maybe I could do something about expanding my colour choices…
I had a shuffle in the stash, and brought out a few possible candidates. How about this nice selection of New Zealand and overseas yarns for starters?
This lot looks nice and pretty and varied! Not too much green and blue, with a few more oranges and yellows thrown in there?
Let’s do a reality check.
Aw man! This is weird. Have I just gone and done a ‘same old’?
“Mum, you are boring” said the youngest, so very candidly, over my shoulder. “But then, you have knitted so many colours – maybe it’s hard to find anything different?” he continued, rapidly saving himself.
This is a concern! I chose those colours because I knew I would knit them. I do have other colours in the stash, but I know I would have an issue knitting some of them. You know the colours that you look at and say “oh, that’s different! Maybe I should break out of my usual colour preferences and be adventurous for a change?” The one that you then invariably end up frogging, because the more you look at it as you knit it, the more offensive it proves to the eye? I’m going to have to be strategic with how I use them up.
I think the answer lies in knitting for others. For in choosing a yarn and style for someone else, one does not reflect one’s own preferences, but that of the recipient (or, one hopes!) That will also be one way to keep knitting socks but not have an exploding sock drawer, or feel too greedy about one’s sock collection…
So, let’s try this one again, and start with…
Ah! Better! Each of these colours have been picked out with a person in mind. Except perhaps for the one on the far right… that happens to be for me (see what I mean about blue, green and purply tones!?)
Therefore the goals:
- Knit for others in 2015.
- I will not be limiting myself to which patterns I knit because I know that the moment I say I will knit a or b, along comes c, d and e, all of which look so much prettier or more tempting!
- Most of all, knitting must be enjoyable, because it’s what we do to feel good and to show our love for others.
How many socks to do I intend to knit? I liked having a goal last year. It made me focus on what I was knitting, so I think I will do the same for this year.
- If I can knit 36 pairs socks of in 2015 as well, I should be very happy. It’s not more than 2014 because I want to knit other things as well. If I end up knitting more, then that will be a bonus!
I do have a very long list of sock patterns that I would like to design. It could be a book. The list sits in my notebook, with sketches and swatches. The issue will be to find the time to finish the designs and knit the socks. This requires more than just sitting in front of the TV and knitting, or snatching a moment here and there, which is what my current knitting time is composed of. I hope I will be able to make some of them a reality, especially during winter, when work is slow and my hours are more regular.
Here are a couple of the yarns, all ready and waiting. Oh so much pretty in my head – oh to make it a reality!
So much for the socks. As for other things to knit, I do want to knit more shawls. Here is one I picked out this week:
This is a skein of Wollmeise that a dear friend gifted to me a while ago. I have been hoarding it, waiting for the right project. At 150g, it seemed a waste to turn it into socks when so much would be left over. The pattern is Imagine When by Joji Locatelli. I saw a few beautiful Wollmeise masterpieces in this design when I was researching what to do with the skein, so I have decided to make a start! I imagine it would also be beautiful in silk/merino or an alpaca yarn. Maybe I’ll make more than one!
There are a few other shawls I think I’d like to tackle this year, now that I am confident with lace. (It feels good to be able to say that.) Here’s a beginning list (which may change, knowing the vagaries of my mind):
- Rosebud was a generous pattern gift from another lovely friend. I will use more Anna Gratton 4 ply pure wool to make this. Most likely, a beautiful Saffron yellow.
- I think Sail to Treasure Island would be fascinating in a fingering weight. I’m envisaging more Anna Gratton, this time her merino/mohair in a gorgeous ocean tone. I just hope I will have enough yarn. In bulky weight (the original yarn), you need 1990m. I only have one skein of this (approx 800m), which I am fairly sure will not be enough. Perhaps I will find another similar skein at this year’s Wonders of Wool market?
- Dew Drops or similar has been long admired. I will take a leaf out of another good friend’s book and knit this one in Zealana. Maybe something truly luxurious like Zealana Air laceweight? Or some yak/silk from Happy-go-knitty?
- Cameo looks like a lovely little palate cleanser, and will be lovely in a soft drapey yarn. I can just see it in some Zealana Kiwi laceweight.
- Puck, a DK weight shawl is crying out to be knitted in Zealana Rimu – I can imagine it will be sooo lovely to wear in warm and snuggly possum! I even seem to have the exact colours! Plus I have always wanted to knit something by Boo Knits.
- Spellbound is another stunningly beautiful design by Boo Knits. Her shawls are so pretty they bring tears of appreciation to my eyes. This one would be so pretty as a summer shawl, I think in a silk/merino from Spinning a Yarn. I have two of these skeins, that should be enough.
So many shawls, so little time. Can I tear myself away from all the socks to find the time to knit some of these pretties?