September 4, 2009
I’m done calling it a problem. You know, where I knit one sock and don’t knit the second one and that’s just “wrong”? It happens. A lot. There are just too many yarns and there is never enough time to knit. I like trying out different yarns and it’s part of my job. Therefore, I’m no longer going to feel guilty about this. (Really, who says you have to have a pair? Or that your pairs must match? Although I’m not the kind of person who could go out in two different socks. I just can’t.) Instead, my hubby added 12 more spots to the single sock display here at Loopy Central. Yes, that makes 36 total. It IS a little sad that I immediately filled them up with more single socks. No room to grow. We may have to have these railings/hangers in several spots here at Loopy.
I do knit some socks in pairs. I wear handknit socks all winter long, and they do match. Sometimes it’s because the yarn is so wonderful that I want them on my feet instead of just one on the wall. (Although there are a bunch of really great socks on the wall.) Sometimes it’s because a pattern was a lot of fun and I want to do it again. Sometimes it’s because I don’t have enough pairs and need more. Whatever the case, there are plenty of pairs of socks in my house for wearing. (Because you know, once you’ve worn handknit socks, the commercial ones no longer work for you.) And I still fully intend to knit the second socks for all of those on the wall one day. If I ever retire.
Remember the crayons in my post on Wednesday? That really got me to thinking about colors and stashes. When I was young, I loved to color and draw with markers and crayons. Maybe knitting with beautiful colors is one of the adult extensions of that? (Like Mariann. Check out how she “colors” with her knitting. Unbelievable.) I keep all of my yarn in plastic tubs and bins, but what if I kept it out on shelves so that I could see and enjoy the colors, like we do here at Loopy? Several of you commented on the shelves we had in our booth at the Sock Summit, and how you’d like these for your personal stashes. (Here’s a photo of them now being used here in the shop – the red and white ones in the back of the photo. They continue on through our “old” kitchen and into the new area, but this at least gives you an idea of what they look like.) It really is a great design, lightweight but sturdy, easy to assemble and adjust, and I told WH that he needs to make these for knitters. (He said he’d think about options.) If you filled these up with yarn colors, wouldn’t it be like walking into a box of crayons when you walked into your yarn room? (Yarn closet? Yarn bookcase?) Inspiring, encouraging, uplifting and fun. Lots of color choices and fiber choices. Lots of options for your next project. Just like a brand new box of crayons. Stash and display. It’s a good thing. Don’t you think?
P.S. It’s a holiday weekend here in the States, with no mail on Monday. We’ll be back at Loopy Central on Tuesday, but of course you can shop online all weekend long. We’ll get your orders out on Tuesday. Have a great one!