Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Whole Sock Yarn Stash

After I laid out my socks and got a look at what colors I'd used over the past few years, I decided that it would be interesting to lay out my sock yarn and see what colors I've been buying. And (maybe) how much sock yarn I actually have.

At the rate I've been knitting, I could get through all of that in about four years. If I don't use the leftovers to mix and match toes and heels and make pretty Frankensocks like Carol makes over at Polka Dot Chicken. This is all hypothetical and I think it's socially acceptable to not use every last yard of leftovers, so we'll stick with the 75 pairs I can knit if I don't get at all creative.

Honestly, I thought it would be worse than this. I've got a couple of random skeins in project bags and about a dozen single skeins that I didn't put in the picture because life is stressful enough without trying to remember if I started out with enough of a colorway to knit a full pair of socks, but this is as close to all of it as I'm going to get in one place. (All of the sock yarn. Not all of the laceweight or worsted weight acrylic or whatever other yarn I've got around here.)

The best part, even better than having a totally knittable amount of sock yarn, is that there are very few "what was I thinking" skeins here. And those that I did find have explanations. One was a totally different color than it looked on my screen and the other less than gorgeous stuff was really cheap and intended for mindless car knitting.

My taste in sock yarns has gone in circles over the years .At first I loved anything that looked pretty in the skein. Then I actually started knitting socks and realized that I'm not a fan of pooling... Then I only wanted pretty dark solids so I could play with texture....Then Judy did the Pooling Sock Yarn Challenge and it was back to the multi-colored stuff.  A few years after that, the accident gave me a whole new appreciation for pretty self-striping stuff. Now, I'm wanting lighter colored solids to show off fancier patterns -- and pretty self-striping stuff for car and TV knitting.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 7 1/4 yards
Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 30 1/4 yards (+4 sheets)
Net added for 2016: 23 yards

Yarn used this Week:  400  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 6750 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 9518 yards
Net added for 2016: 2768 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.


Suze said...

You can always do something with the leftover yarn. You could knit small sweater ornaments for Christmas trees, if you celebrate that holiday. It doesn't take a lot of yarn to make a preemie hat. Actually, I knit mostly preemie hats. Now that my adult son and his 3 year old daughter live with me, I don't have lots of time for crafting, so I do small projects. It takes a lot longer to knit a chemo hat. I'm a breast cancer survivor and two of my grandsons were preemies to those causes are near and dear to my heart. For my youngest grandson who is the newer preemie, I knit hats for him that were too large for him. He grew into them before he left the NICU. You sure have some beautiful yarn. I want to learn to knit two socks at the same time. I've done a little research and haven't tried it yet. I tend to get tired and leave knitting by my chair and the 3 year old has not totally grasped the concept that she is not to touch things that are not hers. I don't want to lose part of a pair of socks when I don't have much time to dedicate to crafting. In addition, I have lots of health issues, so even knitting can be tiring for me. Not complaining - just an explanation as to why I don't get much done. I'd like to get back to quilting, too. Seeing your yarn makes me want to look at least some of my yarns.

Erin @ MakeitSew said...

Oh my goodness, so much yarn!! Lots of years of fun to come.

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