Just not feelin it.

I know that I must have previously rhapsodized over the lowly hand-knit sock. I absolutely ADORE wool socks. I feel like they keep my feet extra cozy, and with ow cold it gets in Boston, they’re actually a necessity for much of the year (and still wearable in summer, especially when camping, as Greg and I often do.) I like them as travel projects, because they easily fit in my purse or shoulder bag and don’t take up much space. Why is it, then, that my current sock project is leaving me thoroughly unexcited?

Reasons why I should be loving this sock:

1. It’s a new sock yarn to me, Yarn Pirate superwash BFL. I like the BFL sock yarn, it feels quite sturdy, but still lovely and soft.

2. It’s in three of my favorite colors, turquoise, green, and purple. (and somehow it’s doing perfect one row stripes, despite being a variegated yarn, not a self striping one.)

3. It’s in a pattern that I am finding quite interesting (Rye, by Tin Can Knits, but in a sock weight rather than worsted.)

However, it’s all to no avail! I want them to be done. I think some of the problem is that I knit up part of a sock in this yarn before. Unfortunately, it was a bad match between yarn and pattern. I picked a very complicated Cookie A pattern, but with the variegation the pattern was obscured, and honestly it was way too much work for a sock that was going to look mediocre at best. So those hit the frog pond, and now I’m working on these. It’s a much better match, and I like the socks a lot more. However, this sock yarn is pretty fine, so instead of knitting them on my normal size 1’s, I went down to a 0. And there might be the real problem. The smaller needle is making progress seem SO SLOW. I ditched these socks for Christmas presents, then I ditched them for projects I liked better after Christmas, then I ditched them for a pair of socks for Greg, and then AGAIN so I could knit myself a DIFFERENT PAIR OF SOCKS when I was feeling grumpy about not getting to go to YarnCon. (which I finished in nine days. I’ll tell you more about that later.)

The worst problem of all? My grandparents sent me money for my birthday and told me to spend it on YARN. (yes, they deserve a thank you note and knitted presents. I’m totally working on both.) I totally spent a bunch of it on yarn. Self-striping sock yarn, to be exact. Squee!! So I’ve got a pile of delicious yarn on my coffee table, taunting me. Waiting for my needles to be free so I can knit it up.. I’m determined to be virtuous and finish these socks first, but it is SERIOUSLY DIFFICULT.


(I’ll show you the pretty yarn later, once the last of it has arrived.)



  1. I love YP’s BFL, well all her yarns if I’m truthful. In similar situations, I’ve found the best thing to do is set a stalled project out of sight, it’s not like they HAVE to be done. When I “rediscover” something (especially in a great yarn), I almost always can fall in love with and get it done quickly but then… I have a very high tolerance for WIP’s 🙂

  2. Word of warning: make sure those suckers fit before you slog through them. The first time I used BFL sock yarn, I did a plain stockinette sock and went down to size 0 needles and those babies didn’t even make it over the arch of my foot. BFL has much less stretch than Merino so your stitich count/gauge for a well-fitting sock will likely be different.

    • Warning taken!! I started trying these on when I was just a little bit through the foot, and I noticed the same. I made them bigger and also lengthened them as a result. So that’s also probably part of why this is such a slog.

  3. I have a similar situation. I’ve been slowly working on a pair of socks, but they linger unfinished still. Maybe socks for ourselves shouldn’t be carried over into a new year?

    • You may be right.. but I’m past the heel turn now so I can quit whenever I want. These might be ankle socks 😛

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