Yeah, I've made a few pairs and then taken them down, gotten bored with them or lost them. Anyone looking at my Ravelry project page can see that I have little interest in sock making.
Don't get me wrong, there are some absolutely beautiful sock patterns out there. I just don't get the colored sock thing. Orange socks, hot pink socks, yellow socks, screaming green socks. What is that all about ?
Don't laugh but when I was living up north in Detroit and Ann Arbor you just didn't see people with colored socks. I had lots of socks but they were mostly black. Black lace, black netted, black jacquard. Black, black, black. Even all of my tights were black. I did have a couple pairs of socks in charcoal grey, I mean a really, really dark charcoal grey. I had a couple pairs of navy in case I was going to wear my deep dark blue jeans or my navy cords. So you see, coming from a culture that only wore dark socks, all of the pretty socks I've been looking at on Ravelry over the years have mystified me. My comment and question is always;
"Well those are pretty and all but what the heck is she going to wear them with ?"
I still don't know. When you make brightly colored socks do you wear them with jeans? Can you wear them with anything else?
Pictured above are a few of my attempts at completing socks. As you can see the first sock is a Jaywalker. There were actually two of them. I started them in 2008 which is the same year that I moved (yes, I know I just moved but this was a previous move). I stopped both socks right at the heel. Why? Why not just continue ? Anyway, one of the Jaywalkers was lost in that move and guess what. I didn't care. I just chucked the other one in a box.
The pink sock was started in the spring of 2010. I worked on that sock for three days and then stopped. Do you see that all I had to do was complete the foot? I only had a few inches to go and I stopped. Forever. Why?
The third pair of socks is out of a discontinued yarn that I love. It was Wisdom Boston. I stopped the socks right at the ankles then threw them in the box. Why? Last weekend I discovered them and started on a heel then realized I had knitted too much calf and would not have enough to complete the second sock. You see I was just winging it. I had no pattern but didn't care enough to figure out how much yardage I would need for both socks.
I asked myself a few questions this weekend.
1. Do I have a fear of sock completion?
2. Do I have a fear of success with socks?
3. Am I knitting socks because I feel obligated to?
I have no idea.
A Funny Thing
Most of my stash is fingering yarn and the funnier thing is that NONE of the yarn was purchased for socks.
I was on Ravelry yesterday for a couple of hours looking at sock patterns. There are sooooo many patterns. At least ten million! Kidding. I chose a few and then ordered yarn which I will share with you at a later date. I have decided to try more socks. Socks are not painful and I can make them. I will bring my colors up a bit from black, navy and charcoal grey. I can make a pair in maroon, dark green, dark blue, dark variegated.
Yes, I will try.
Wish me well and have a wonderful day !