Wednesday, April 1, 2009

renewed commitment

mostly b/c i'm a wee bit bored at work! but also b/c of some things that happened in the last week have reminded me that i really don't blog for all of you out there (although i love that you come and visit), but that the real reason i keep this blog is to have a running commentary on where knitting is in my life.

and its been in my life a lot since the start of the year. quite a few socks, a vest, some hats and then it all got interrupted by my first attack ever of asthmatic bronchitis. shocking really, but for about 2 weeks, knitting was far from my thoughts and even farther away from my fingers.

but i am well on the way to recovery, so the knitting has picked up again. there are 2 different pairs of socks on my needles as well as some final fixes to mittens i made for a friend's children. yes they won't be able to use them this year, but i made them big enough that they will still fit next year.

here's a fun update! one of my favorite things to knit is socks. fast, portable and the perfect place to try out odd pattern stitches, they really are fantastic. and this year, i'm going to Sock Summit!!!

Sock Summit (for those who don't know) will be held in Portland, Oregon in August of this year. It's basically Dragon Con for sock knitters. Some really incredible teachers, amazing lectures, and of course, fantastic opportunities for stash enhancement!!!

but the problem with stash enhancement is that i already have a lot of sock yarn at home. Granted, not as much as some people (yes, i'm looking at you). But while Glenna C and I were wondering how our stash of sock yarns kept growing, we were also making plans to buy more sock yarn in August, which immediately stressed me out a bit and made me a wee guilty.

so i came up with a plan and a bit of a challenge. glenna and i sort of informally agreed that we were not going to buy new sock yarn until August, but allowing ourselves two instances of "oh, look what followed me home from the yarn shop!" or "i was knocked out and someone put this skein of sock yarn in my bag!" Really, she has 2 events coming up in the next few months that could make it impossible not to buy yarn, and i have a stressful job and sock yarn is my sedative.

now to make it seem more "real" to us, i encouraged her to gather up all of her sock yarn, take a picture of it, and post it to her blog. it will give her the visual reminder of just how much stash she can bust through, and then have no guilt in spending when we are at Sock Summit!

and then i decided to do the same. b/c really, i can't expect her to do something i wouldn't do myself, right? so below is (most) of my sock yarn (i found a few stragglers out in the living room). looking at it, i have PLENTY to keep me busy between now and August. and remember, another 2 skeins from the RSC, one in May and one in July, that don't count as new purchases b/c i actually "purchased" them in January. now, i just need to get that Cookie A sock book...

a slew of sock yarn!!!

to the one or 2 people who actually look at my blog, keep me honest!!! no sock yarn until August!!!!


Martha said...

Ohhh that is some gorgeousness right there. Lookit all the STR I see.

The Jojoland Melody... do something that's not socks with it. It'll pill like a mofo and the heel will explode. I think it's better scarf territory.

Oh I'll keep you honest. Mwahaha.

LMP said...

Not sure what to do with all those socks? (Seriously, how many socks can one girl wear?) My 12-year-old niece has thing for interesting socks. Annnd she just had major spinal surgery. Twice. So, feel free to send some my way for her, they would probably help her heal faster!