I have a finished pair of socks to show you today but I feel like I need to make a confession first. It’s a little monumental. Ready?
Socks aren’t really doing it for me these days.
There. I’ve said it.
To answer the obvious question, yes, I am still knitting socks. I just don’t really love it anymore. It could be because I have a sock drawer full of socks. It could be because I have limited knitting time these days and I’d rather knit things I need than things I don’t need. It could even be because my life has changed and I don’t spend a lot of time at meetings, school concerts, and other occasions where I need to have mindless knitting in my hands. Whatever the reason, the fact is that I’m not excited about knitting socks.
Nevertheless, I finished these beauties for Hannah’s birthday back in September. Technically they are my August socks as they are the 8th pair of socks I have finished this year.
The yarn is Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn in the color Neopolitan. It’s Julia’s original base yarn so it’s quite different from the base she uses now.
And they are, indeed, beautiful. The colors are muted and the stripes are perfect and Hannah is thrilled with them.
I am, too, of course, even if I’m not thrilled with sock knitting at the moment.
I know it happens, this loss of sock knitting mojo. I just never thought it would happen to me.
Things change. People change. I stopped knitting socks a few years back and have recently restarted. In between, I had a hat affair.
oh my goodness – I thought I was the only one… I am not into socks at all anymore either! and sadly, I think I have three pairs languishing in my hibernating projects queue… I keep thinking I’ll get the mojo back. but now that I see it’s hit you, too, maybe I won’t! (at least you have a very pretty pair to show for your last project!)
My stash is full of worsted weight and heavier yarn that I haven’t glanced at in years because of the way my knitting tastes have evolved. You may come back to them eventually … or not.
What are you feeling more like knitting these days?
The socks, as always, are gorgeous … and I’m betting they look spectacular on your girlie 🙂 I don’t feel so lonely out here in no-sock-land now. I always felt a bit defective, not loving to knit socks, haha. Back to what I love, shawls!
Beautiful socks! I loved the old original base yarn too. Much squishier.
TOTALLY happened to me! I’m only just now beginning to knit socks again — but only a little bit, here and there. After years and years of sock-knitting, I just seemed to need a break.
Life is short. Knit what you like! 🙂
I will miss seeing your finished pairs of socks! Still happy you inspired me with sock knitting. My feelings are as long as we are still knitting, that is all that matters.
And I never got into knitting socks in the first place. Do you suppose that one of these years, I’ll take a sudden fancy to sock knitting?
Awww…I will always love these socks. They will always remind me of our time on the beach and my first chance to meet sweet Hannah in person. 🙂
If I had that yarn my mojo might come back! The loss of sock mojo happens to the best of us, my dear.
but now you have shawl mojo
Katie K says
New times inspire different kinds of knitting. There are some intriguing sock patterns recently published with unique construction. Maybe they might motivate you. On the other hand (or foot), no one has a gun to our heads saying we have to knit anything. As they say, follow your bliss!
Ann in the UP says
Yup, they’re all right. The urge to make different knitterly things ebbs and flows. I am still knitting socks—it’s cold up here, but I’m not always doing it. I’d love to make shawls, but can’t think of where I’d use them.
And I can’t imagine learning to knit lace and then giving it away, with all the angst associated with the learning! Sorry, I haven’t evolved that far.
Mary K. in Rockport says
Well, that’s sort of sad. But — now you can use your sock stash to make a buncha Lefties!
Knitting should always be what we want to do instead of we should do. Otherwise, it becomes another one of the “have tos” in our lives. Don’t we all have enough of those? Sock knitting is my calm. It also provides my family and friends with Christmas gifts. I would not have the time to do several intricate gifts. I have mixed things up this year by also making 2 afghans and a loopy pillow. I have a feeling that your large sock stash will call your name several months from now.
They are so pretty! I love the pink and brown together.
I still like knitting socks, but I’m not in love with the idea. Like you, I don’t have the need for as much mindless knitting as I did at one time. I guess we just have to go with the flow. I’m knitting socks lately because it’s what I have in my stash. That could why I’m not feeling the love lately either – it’s something I am making myself do.
Sock yarn does make some nice shawls though!!!
For a while, just before retiring, I was knitting scarves like crazy–they seemed to be the only projects I could finish! I lost my scarf mojo so it’s okay for you to lose the sock mojo (not that you need permission from me). We all seem to go through some phases with knitting–maybe that keeps us young (that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it).
It’s like they say, you never think it could happen to you … and then it happens. I took about 6 months off from knitting socks in any great quantity. I even had no urge for the plain stockinette afterthought heel socks that were in my purse. So I stopped. I knit a couple of shawls and a couple of baby sweaters. Then the fact that people would expect socks for Yule dawned on me and I was casting on like a maniac. I’m not going bonkers for the latest patterns, but even plain stockinette can be a palate cleanser.
Give it time. You’ll come back to the socks eventually. That’s why we wind up with such a large sock yarn stash, right? 😉
Socks are llike Jello…there is always room for more! Maybe not all at once, but there is always the future!
Beautiful -love the colors!
Do you weave? I have a Cricket rigid heddle loom, and I want to spin up some yarn and weave a few scarves. I love to knit, but sometimes you need just a little break from it. Hannah’s socks are gorgeous—I predict that your sock mojo will come back when the time is right.
Funny how these things happen. I generally always have a pair going. Lately I’ve been disenchanted with the dpn and magic loop methods! No socks on the needles, though I still would like to master your picot edge method. Hannah’s socks are lovely!
Yeah, I’m suffering from a bout of sock ennui as well. I, however, do need some more as some of my fav’s are wearing very thin.