While putting my books in piles on the floor of the craft room, I came across a binder full of printed patterns (I've had them since the 80s) that I planned to knit. The one pattern I chose to start with were the Jewel Socks. The pattern is written for top-down, but when I read ahead, I came to these dreaded words 'break the yarn'. Why would I want to break the yarn? The pattern also calls for the use of several colors which means a lot of weaving in of ends which I. ain't. doing. Sorry, not sorry.
I tried the top down method, even broke the yarn, got frustrated by the heel construction and ripped the sock back. I don't like to get 'aggie' (which means aggravated in the local vernacular) over something I know how to do and do regularly.
What ended up happening is that I knit the socks with Cascade Heritage sock in navy and some leftover yarn from a Gale's Art single sock blank in the Extreme 80 colorway, knit it toe up with an afterthought heel, and got this:
I adore this sock! I used most of the sock blank on the one sock before I realized there was no way to squeeze a second sock out of it. (Note to self: next time I use scraps to knit a sock, take the yarn out of the project bag to see how much got used). My heart broke! Here's a close up of the one lovely sock:
At a loss for what to do, I went to Instagram and asked knitters for advice and counsel, and the general consensus was to make a second sock with different yarn and learn love the difference. So I found some leftover Expression Fiber Arts yarn in the Unicorn colorway and made the second sock:
Oy! I am not happy. Worse yet, I am frozen, can't go forward, can't go back. I don't want this pair of socks, probably won't wear them and I don't know if I want to knit this pattern again because I don't want to be disappointed again. What to do, what to do?!I needed a moment, a palate cleanser and time to have a good think. Is it in me to rock these socks? Ummmm ... time to take a break.
So I found some skeins of Palette yarn from Knit Picks:
I have lots of it, 50 balls or more (likely more), and because it felts whether washed by hand or machine, it can only be something that doesn't go in a shoe. What I found was the Mitten Garland Advent Calendar and decided that I had brain space to work on at least one mitten:
Yes, it's fair isle and fiddly; I didn't even bother to capture the yarn in some cases, but its cute and it put some distance between me and those socks. When it was done, a light bulb went on and I found this yarn in my stash:
Another ball of leftover Cascade Heritage sock yarn in black and Black Trillium Fibers in the Jack Dempsey colorway.
Now all I have to do is figure out where to put the other socks while I knit the socks that I will wear.
Thank you, mitten!