Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Rule

There's something about forming a plan, isn't there? I don't know about you, but I find them very empowering. If I'm feeling overwhelmed or directionless, I'll take a good hard look at what I've got going on, reassess, and come up with a game plan. To be quite honest though, whether or not I actually stick to said plan is sort of moot. The plan has served it's purpose, in that devising it into existence made me feel better and prevented me from turning into a raving lunatic who dresses up her cats for fun.

So! In keeping with the "Who Da (Wo)Man?" spirit of my knitting these days, I've come up with a new rule. Each time I finish a project, I have to cast on (and complete!) a pair of socks. This is necessary because: a) I have lots of sock yarn and b) I have no intention of curbing my sock yarn purchasing lifestyle in any way. Knitting socks will prevent the children from being buried in a sock yarn avalanche should they open the yarn closet. Plus? Handknit socks = Good. Duh. Total no brainer.

Having finished the Damask shawl over the weekend (Yes, it's blocked and no, I don't have pictures yet. I still have 2 ends to weave, and besides, I don't have the right wardrobe for a proper photo shoot. I think it'll look best worn with a black blouse/shirt. Do I have a black blouse/shirt? No. No, I do not.), I dutifully grabbed the current pair of socks that have been lingering woefully in my knitting/sewing basket (yeah, the basket is pulling double duty lately).


These would be a pair of Java socks, from the Winter 2011 Knitty. I'm knitting them out of String Theory Caper Sock (I may have developed a "thing" for their yarn), in the aptly named Java colourway, so I'm calling them my Java Java socks (apparently, I'm easily amused).

The pattern is cute, but I've got to admit that the fact that there are no charts is KILLING me. Just killing me. Also, the gauge is, um, tight. Like... wicked, foot armor producing tight.

(the colour is truer to life in this last picture)

I'm sticking to it though. After all, I have a plan.

Happy Knitting, Everyone!

12 comments:

kate-the-enabler said...

Good plan! I like it because it means more FOs to view and enjoy (I should say EVEN more....because you produce your fair share :) ), and means more sock yarn will need to be BOUGHT, so we can enjoy that too. As an aside - that Java colourway.......I lurves it.

sapphireblue said...

I bet they will be warm.

Chantal Boucher said...

Tu es trop, mais trop drôle! Cette façon que tu as à te donner des règles, il y a quelque chose sous-jacent....!! Mais tu me fais rire!

Laurie said...

Lovely socks! I like your plan. My plan is to do the same only instead of socks, it's finish one of the bazillion projects I started last year and abandoned for no good reason at all. We'll see how this goes...I'm on Evenstar...yikes...

Alrischa said...

I love plans, too. And socks. Hope you get a big handful of socks out of your plan before Startitis fever hits again ;)

Dad said...

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Hmmmmmmm?

Caroline said...

Those socks will be lovely. I'll need to try that yarn someday.

I also have a plan to make socks, so I can make a dent in my sock yarn stash and then buy more sock yarn.

nyberghome said...

There are charts for Java....you have to click on the link separately. Good luck
Sandy

Sinéad said...

I love this plan. It's brilliant in its simplicity. Plus I have tons of sock yarn too. I think I may join you in this plan. BTW, I read your java java socks name, and thought hmm, double shot of java? Clearly I am similarly amused by such things :)

I also admit to laughing hard at your justification for not photographing the shawl, I think you need to go out and buy yourself a nice black blouse...

Plus, your Dad's comment re the socks? Too funny! I admire a guy with optimism :)

Maryse said...

Good plan! I might want to have one like this because I always postpone knitting socks (and I have 2 skeins of sock yarn, hi hi!)... Nice color!

Jennifer Lori said...

Really? You don't own a single black top? Mmm hmm.

:)

PS I think it's a great rule, though I see it getting bent a LOT as the holidays, birthdays, or babies roll around...or this one lost their hat...or you just want to squeeze in a washcloth...or... ;D

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Oooh, I like that shade of brown! Yum! That's a great plan to knit down the sock yarn stash!