Thursday, February 19, 2009

Warm hands and feet

One of the many great things about going away to mum and dad's is that I am waited on hand on foot and I can get on with some serious knitting. So serious in fact that I finished this mitten. They are very nearly - but not quite - a pair. The white stripe down the side of the thumb will annoy me forever, but not annoy me enough to frog the whole thing. Frog? Moi? Never!

Anyway, now that that is finished, I wondered what to make next. It did not take me long to wonder. I gazed at the top of the Stash Basket and spied lots of beautiful sock yarn. This is a mere representation of what my eyes beheld. So I decided very quickly that I would make socks. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is henceforth known as the Year Of The Sock.

I normally don't like making socks, rather I like making the first sock, but drag my heels over the second one. So I have come up with an idea that has left me feeling liberated, free, excited. I will make a sock and when I get bored of either that first sock or the second one, I will cast on another one. And if I then get fed up of that pattern, I will change my mind again and either finish the first or cast on for a third in a different yarn and different pattern.

I have decided that Startitis is an incurable condition, so rather than entering into denial, I will embrace the whole sorry situation. I will buy more sock needles. I will buy more yarn.... no, I didn't say that. I have plenty. (But a little Posh Yarn of a Sunday evening is always too tempting to refuse...)

So last night I wound this into a ball. It is not - for once - Posh. I was sent this over a year ago from Nathalie (the winner of the pink and blue Oliver blanket) and have stroked it ever since. Stroked it so much that it's probably wearing thin in places!

It is Hand Maiden Casbah, and oh my goodness, it's gorgeous. My little feet are getting very excited by the mere thought of being wrapped in this!

The next problem was pattern. I fancied the Embossed Leaves pattern, thinking it would be great in greens, but read the sizes and realised that my feet are much more humongous than the pattern. (7.5" circumference? my children have bigger feet than that). So I hunted around and came across this one.


Rib Fantastic from the latest sock book to hit the shelves chez Stash Basket. It's already got bigger than this photo (not done any housework today, but so what, I have a condition to embrace!)

Anyone out there fancy joining me on a sock fest? Come on, cast off your inhibitions, let's celebrate Startitis, let's recognise it for what it is (ie bloody good fun). Let's all go around with odd socks. After all, I'll be wearing odd mittens!

14 comments:

Gina said...

I always get the first sock done quickly and get bored with the second so I think this is a great idea... I'm joining you!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Well you already know that I'm joining in! Sock Startitis is a very particular strain of the illness! I've nearly finished the third sock but where I go next is anyone's guess!

Locket xxx

trasha said...

Why is Locket so obsessed with three feet?


I told my mother about that particular pathological condition -'startitis'. She was relieved to have a diagnosis after all these years ;-)


(word ver. 'shile' - Is blogger Australian?)

Working Mom Knits said...

Can I crawl into the stash basket for a little snooze? I'm thinking it is wonderful in there : )

Merry Mog said...

I'm all for startitis. Never done socks before. Where on earth do I start? Am off to OZ and NZ in just over three weeks and dreading the long haul flights but they don't allow needles on the planes any more!! I have bought a bamboo crochet hook. Do you think I'll get away with that? But what to crochet?

Anonymous said...

Michaela,

Could you post again on my blog so i can get your e mail address please? I would love to take you up on your offer but have deleted your e mail!

Minxxy
x

Kitty said...

I so admire your talent for sock-knitting. You and your fellow sock-knitters. That yarn looks wonderful. Eminently stroke-able. I really like those mittens! x

marit said...

Ah, sock yarn! I used to suffer badly from SSS- second sock syndrome- but stumbled across magic loop/two-at-a-time, so unless the pattern is possible to do TAAT, it doesn't get done-LOL!

Nathalie said...

So glad your casting on the casbah. Can't wait to see how it turns out. By the way I am with you on SSS. Maybe I will try it your way and just make lots of first socks until I feel the urge to make the second.

wonderwoman said...

i love that everyone suffers from startis too!!! funny it never gets to finishitis tho! have never knitted socks but am starting to feel the urge so to speak!

xx

Moogsmum said...

Ooh yes - count me in! I need to finish my current pair....and my crocheted blanket....and the quilt I started this week....not to mention making a start my little stash of sock yarn...

Buying an extra set of needles is pure genius! I may buy three :-)

xxx

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that I am not the only one with a sizeproblem in knitpatterns.. I dont think my feet are that humongous, and yet I often have to add another pattern repeat to make the socks fit.
Wonder who has these little tiny feet.....
IDA

Anonymous said...

- I mean in sockpatterns....
IDA

Marie said...

I love the mittens - and the thumby bit makes them all the more endearing.

I'd love to join you with the sock-startitis, but until I get over the DP phobia I fear socks will forever be off my To Do list (or on my To Do list but never actually getting done - which would be pretty much the same as everything on my to do list actually! LOL).

xMx