I only wear socks in the winter. I find new ways to ruin socks. But I love sock yarn. A lot.
Socks are to keep your toes from getting frostbite. That being said, I don’t have many heavy pairs. When they get wet I throw them on the radiator at the office and promptly forget about them. I don’t wear them at home, even when my feet are freezing. I don’t wear them with sneakers in the spring/summer/fall. Yes, I give a new meaning to stinky sneakers, I don’t care.
I’ve gotten black smudges on my socks, I’ve spilled ice coffee on my socks (while wearing them, and yes I drink ice coffee in the winter), and I’ve gotten holes in the toes of my socks, but that seems fairly common to most people.
Sock yarn is wonderful. It has a lot of yardage, comes in crazy speckled colors and it’s squishy. I love it. To overcome “I don’t wear socks” and still use sock yarn, I’ve made more shawls than I can wear in this lifetime, I knit sweaters on size US 2 needles, I’ve recently taken to making Stephen West patterns holding 2 strands of yarn together. It’s all appeased my appetite for using sock yarn. Until now.
What’s changed? I found a couple of nice sock patterns. And I discovered the Addi Flexi Flips. I really like them and I want to try them on a sock, not just Robbie, the hippo’s, snout. Now, I’ve made socks before, I made my first pair toe-up with black yarn and short row toes and heels. Yup, it was hard to see and it was my first time doing short rows. They actually fit. I had also made 3 sock/booties (not pairs, 3 socks, the first was wonky) that my Aunt took to wear when it’s cold in her house. She lives in Florida. She wears them. I don’t get it. Anyway, it even hit me that I even knitted socks as the feet for the Arne & Carlos dolls I had made. I didn’t know they were socks till I had started the leg. Sneaky things.
Now I want to make Andrea Mowry’s Fluorite socks from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 23.
What could be better than getting to use 7 different colors and make a gradient simultaneously? Nothing in the yarn world if you ask me. But I do have two issues preventing me from casting on this moment. I don’t have US 1 or US 0 Flexi Flips. I also don’t have any gradient yarn. I heard that gasp. What I do have is a strange purple colored sock yarn A gave me. She thought it was an odd shade of purple so I rehomed it for her. Give me your off-colored and textured yarn and I will squash it into my china cabinet. Yes, Fun Fur is welcome too.
My idea, which I haven’t completely thought through and should ask for A’s opinion first before I do something I regret:
I will dye my own mini skeins. Lots of them. Now, let’s do some math.
The pattern calls for 7 mini skeins of 218 yards each, so each sock would need half, which is 109 yards.
I have a large Niddy Noddy at home. It’s easier for me to cut a piece of foam board. Okay, now 1 yard = 1 wrap. That’s math I can handle. I think.
Great, I forgot what I was trying to figure out…
I have to think in knitting terms:
Next Project: (7 mini skeins x 109 yards) twice = 2 matching socks
Do I have enough yarn? The purple skein is 480 yards + 166 yards of some white Patons I just uncovered. 480+166=646 yards. The pattern: 7×218=1,526 yards. I’m short only 880 yards! Not bad. I can make almost one sock or much shorter socks. They are toe-up, I can stop when I run out of yarn. If I’m lucky I can just finish the heel.
Forget it. I just gave myself a massive headache. This is why I don’t do socks.