When it comes to knitting, I have a little problem — I always, always want to use my newest yarn first. When I buy for more than one project (which is usually the case) this means I end up starting several different things at once. Since I mostly knit socks, this is less of an issue than it could be — it’s not as if I have a huge pile of half-finished sweaters or blankets gathering dust. Socks, though, present their own challenge: there needs to be two of them, and only first socks are fun. Second Sock Syndrome is a well-known knitting ailment, the outcome of which is a stack of non-matching, useless footwear. I’ve managed to avoid this so far and have four complete pairs to show for my diligence. (The most recent pair, in a lovely rainbow colorway of Koigu KPPPM, are above.)
It is starting to wear on me, though. Between the Stitch DC Stash Club , the Homespun Yarn Party in March, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival yesterday, I have a ton of incredibly beautiful sock yarn and I want to be knitting it all right now. I’ve come up with a plan that I think will get me using as much of the new yarn as possible, without ending up with a pile of mate-less socks: I am going to knit only first socks for the rest of the spring (May and June) and then switch to second socks for the summer (July and August). My hope is that by waiting two months, the yarn and patterns will seem new again.
I’ve already started down this path, so I hope it doesn’t turn out to be an incredibly bad idea. The sock in the paragraph above is actually a do-over, because I didn’t like the way the yarn (Brightwood, from Neighborhood Fiber Company) looked as a plain sock. I like it much better in this pattern, Monkey, which I have done before — though this is a shorter version in the hope that I don’t run out of yarn. I’m also just about to finish the first sock made from my January stash club yarn — Jaywalkers in the Connemara Valley colorway from Three Irish Girls.
Now that the first Jaywalker is done but for having the toe grafted shut, I have only one sock on the needles right now, using Storm Moon Knits “Smells Like Teen Spirit” colorway. I’m trying to McGyver the men’s sock pattern Thuja, from Knitty, to fit me by changing the needle size, but so far this has resulted in my not being able to get the heel over my foot, so I have frogged it back to the ankle and have gone back up a needle size. I hope I can make it work, because I think the pattern really works with this yarn. Tonight I have to go home and assess the sock stash and see what else I want to cast on, since I like to have a couple going at a time for variety.
With luck and some perseverance, I should have a drawer full of homemade socks by fall. And let me know if you have super-tiny feet. I have a feeling that I don’t have enough yarn left to get those Brightwood socks to fit me.