Tuesday, February 12, 2008

a knitter's conundrum

in an attempt to avoid adding another orphan to the pile, i have been slowly plugging away at this lovely pair of sockens ....


... a pair that will see lots of action. a very practical pair. a pair that will last for many many years. but, i'm kinda bored.

as an active member of ravelry and their sock knitters anonymous group, i am constantly stimulated by the plethora of socks on that site!

each day, i think, 'oh ! i want to knit those !'

and i can, and i could, if i just cast on.

but ... i have this wee stash of incomplete pairs ....


it's hard to believe that if i just finished these, i'd have an extra 14 pairs of socks to wear!

so, here lies the problem ... i don't like doing the same thing twice. i had a conversation the other day with chak-a-khan. she can make the same thing twice. she can make the same thing more than twice. me? not so much. but, it was an interesting revelation, that probably seems obvious to everyone but me.

the resolution? perhaps the mates don't have to match. i mean, yes, i use the same yarn, but not necessarily the same pattern. maybe. i don't know. i mean, it seems kinda an injustice to not knit a proper pair of pomatomus, or to not have such striking yarntini jaywalkers. i feel confident in making the matching green marigolds ... but probably because i don't normally knit toe up.

knitting theory: so, if i knit a mate, once a month, i will have all my pairs by next spring.

6 comments:

f. pea said...

what if you did one mate toe-up, and the other mate top-down? would that be different enough?

turtlegirl76 said...

You know, as long as the yarn matches, it's a pair. Screw the pattern part. Knit 1 pomotomus and pair it with a jaywalker in the same yarn/color. It's a pair.

Stacey said...

I won't knit the same thing twice either - even if it's just a hat. there are way too many patterns out there. I'm with turtlegirl though - as long as the yarn matches, it's a pair! And, think of how many more patterns you'd get to try!

Veggies.... said...

Good plan....you will have a nice sock collection if you go for it!!! SO pretty, love the colors/yarns you chose.

Jenny and Nicole said...

What about finding a partner who also has second sock syndrome and swapping? Send off your yarn and the pattern to another knitter and get hers back. That way you get to knit something different and eventually get a second sock.

angelarae said...

Those are so pretty!! You could almost wear one on each foot and settle for 7 pairs.

Ang