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greyautumnrain
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Random Warm Thoughts
When I left my house this morning my minivan informed me that it was 1 degree Fahrenheit outside. Keep in mind that I tend to leave for work sometime between 9:15 and 9:30, so this was the mid-morning temperature, not the pre-dawn temperature. It’s cold outside. It was so cold this past weekend that I didn’t take the kids out for a walk in the stroller either day. It has to get pretty cold before I decline to expose the kids to it for short but sanity-saving periods of time. Luckily for me the kids were on their best behavior this weekend and I wasn’t grimly counting down the hours to bedtime on Sunday night in spite of the lack of walks.

All the insulation we’ve added to the house the past two years seems to have really helped. Once you’re inside things are pretty good. It’s a big change from ten years ago, before all the windows were replaced, when our heat crapped out on our first new years eve as a married couple and the temperature in the house dropped so fast that we paid to get it fixed that night lest the pipe freeze before dawn. The house is a lot more comfortable these days, even when it’s frigid outside.

Even without all that high-tech insulation I expect that I would stay pretty warm at night. In the aftermath of the great puking plague of 2011 Duncan has been spending a lot more time nursing at night. We’re gradually returning to normal, and once I started getting enough sleep again I haven’t minded the extra snuggle time. I remember the darkest days of infertility when I’d take my old doll to bed trying to imagine what it would be like to have a real baby to snuggle with. The doll was not so convincing, once I tossed and turned a bit in my sleep she’d lose the body warmth I’d transferred to her and I’d wake up to a cold plastic head feeling decidedly not lifelike. No doll will push against you with her feet or grunt in his sleep, and I wake up to two warm, fuzzy, and slightly sweaty heads (and a sometimes sleep-deprived husband because Margaret believes that bed space is a first-come-first-served affair).

I briefly considered ordering sock yarn today, but resisted. I am wearing one of the four pairs of hand knit socks that I’ve made, the blue-purple koigu ankle socks. Since they are only ankle socks I’ve paired them with rainbow-striped sock yarn legwarmers. Either people at my office have completely failed to notice my colorful leg wear or nobody feels the need to comment on it in light of the weather. I love sock yarn, but I really can’t get into making socks. Part of this is a preference thing. Most sock patterns are for socks that come halfway up the calves. I own one pair like that and they drive me crazy. They will not stay up. I need to have either ankle socks (which don’t keep your legs warm) or knee-highs (which take absolutely forever to make). I seem to be unusual in my failure to get on the sock bandwagon. For example, firstfrost and I have nearly the same number of ravelry projects, but a vast disparity in the sock department. I have 130 projects in ravelry, 4 of which are socks; she has 134 projects, 52 of which are socks, and some of them are multiple pairs of socks listed as the same project. (I’m not counting booties or slippers as socks.) I do plan to make more knee socks for days like today, but since I don’t enjoy making them they keep slipping down the queue. I do love sock yarn, though. Luckily for me you can do other projects with sock yarn, like baby sweaters and small shawls. I had briefly considered joining the famous Socks That Rock club this year, but then I did the math and realized that it was way more expensive than just 6 skeins of the yarn would be. Since I don’t care about exclusivity and wouldn’t be using any of the sock patterns that was more than I wanted to pay just for the pleasure of surprise yarn colors. Actually, I am even resisting the Socks are for Suckers Shawlette Club that I heard about because while I can go for surprise yarn colors, I’m really not willing to pay for surprise patterns in general. There is exactly one designer that I’d be willing to pay for surprise patterns from. If there is every a club that offered surprise sock yarn paired with accessory patterns by Ysolda Teague I would totally go for it. Of course Ysolda hasn’t designed very many socks at all, so I’m guessing that she is also not a sock knitter at heart. Come to think of it, if I get anything yarn related in the near future it probably should be Ysolda’s new book since it looks like my favorite pattern from it is calls for the weight of yarn that I have three sweaters worth of in my stash.
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remcat From: remcat Date: January 25th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might like the Cookie A or Janet Leidman (sp?) sock clubs better....

I love the STR club, but I also love the surprise colors and patterns and how they challenge my assumptions as a knitter. Left to my own devices I'll knit pair after pair in purples, blues, and greens -- and I lean towards similar patterns too. I also enjoyed the community of people-knittng-together. But it's definitely not a good way to get STR yarn cheap :).

I have ... at least 2 dozen pairs of socks in my dresser, and I've given more away. Let's see what ravelry says ... 121 projects, 42 of which are socks. Wow.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 25th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I doubt I'd like those clubs better. Most of Cookie A's patterns are for mid-calf socks, the kind I can't stand wearing. There very pretty mid-calf socks, but if I can't stand to wear them it's not worth it.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: January 25th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the eternal battle between mjperson and everyone else - "socks are killing sweaters"!

I did get a book of "things to do with sock yarn that aren't socks" but I'm less impressed with them than I had hoped. (I suppose since almost none of my projects are for me, I don't have to care how they fit! but it doesn't actually work that way. :) )
jaedian From: jaedian Date: January 25th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just ordered yarn for legwarmers and socks. I never really got started knitting cause I don't like sweaters that much. I really like smaller projects but in how long it takes and how fine the stitches work is. So I am going to see if I can start with socks/legwarmers and see if that inspires me.

Hats and accessories are fun. Are there not yarn of the month clubs without the sock pattern part?

Why don't you make ankle socks and matching legwarmers. Certainly from a fashion sense it would be less jarring. And then you can always punt the legwarmer part if the weather were ever to warm up. Fit would be better and the project would be more manageable. Sara has a set of gloves with matching arm warmers which are cute, and you can ditch the arm warmers if we ever get warmer temperatures.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 25th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is the "Socks are for Suckers Shawlette Club" that I mentioned, which is sock yarn paired with small shawl patterns, but on reflection, I really just want the yarn. I am becoming pickier about patterns in general.

I could do matching ankle socks and legwarmers, but it would require multiple skeins of yarn. With some of the fancier indy dyers that I like it is sometimes difficult to get more than one skein of a given color.

I have been a member of a sweater club, but that yarn is all still sitting in my stash because I ended up one of Kate's lots of yarn off her (she was in the same club, but getting different colors), and I knit up the yarn I got from her and haven't gotten to my stuff yet because I don't have that much time to knit. In theory more sweater clubs would be good, once I have more reliable knitting time again.
mjperson From: mjperson Date: January 25th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hold strong!

Socks are a trap! Do not give in to the propaganda!
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