Have you ever bought yarn for a project for yourself and then turn around and give it to someone else instead? This is what happened to me during the holidays. I had taken inventory of my sock drawer and decided that some of my ready-made socks were nearing the end of their lives. Oh darn – I need more socks to replace them and I want them hand-knitted. High on my list was brown socks. I have a couple of brown pants that I always wear with basic, no thrill brown socks. I was excited for my next yarn shopping adventure.
Ok, I admit, I am not like my husband with a mission in mind when I go shopping. I do not walk in the store, seek out the “sock” yarn, find what I want, buy it and I’m on my way. No, during my yarn shopping trip I looked through the entire yarn department touching, feeling and petting several of the skeins as I passed through the isles. I dreamed up all the projects I could knit or crochet with this lovely yarn. “Earth to Sonya, earth to Sonya” – oh ya, I was shopping for sock yarn. I cleared my head and started to focus on my mission. I reached my destination and was SOooo…disappointed in the small selection. Yep, when you bop into a box store you can’t expect much and my town doesn’t have a yarn shop. I made my selection – not brown – they didn’t have brown but I am partial to self-patterning yarn so Clover Colors it was by Patons. As you can see it has greens, reds, blues and a touch…a hint…a scant…ok…no brown. Hey, give me credit I searched the entire yarn department.
During our family Christmas we somehow began talking about hand-knitted socks. Alex, my oldest daughter, piped in and said, “hey, you have only made me one pair of socks and some slippers. I want another pair.” To the studio I marched and pulled out the “not so brown” sock yarn and asked if she would like a pair made out of the yarn. It was a YES! She selected a pattern and now my socks were hers. I love the way they turned out. I had made the pattern before – oh funny – they were made with a brown tweed. I disliked the mock-cable which the pattern called for so I changed it to a true cable. Hey, I knit like I cook. If I don’t like the recipe, I change it. I know there is more like me out there. Back to the pattern – I do really like the true cable. I also like the picot edging. It adds a nice finishing touch to the top. What do you think?