I have had a lot of good ideas. Good ideas like "Find your own food Fridays" or "Make your own Fun Mondays", good ideas like the boccancini-tomato pasta thing. (Someday I’ll make it for you. It’s stupid good.) Oh sure, I’ve had some bad ideas too… trying to save money by fixing my own toilet was revealed as being a few diapers short of a layette about three hours into it. (My principle error was realizing too late that people with one bathroom really can’t have it disassembled for a long time while they’re figuring it out, you know?) In any case, the bird thing was stupid too, and I don’t even want to talk about the thing with the parking. Not good ideas, but every once in a while one of my ideas really is good. That’s the case with the Self-Imposed Sock Club. Here it is, the 17th of August – not even close to the end of the month, and here’s the socks for this month. Done and ready to join their chums in the box upstairs – where there are actually now eight pairs of finished socks, one for every month so far.
Pattern: Cotty. Nice, quick, fun pattern, really easy to memorize. Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Skinnamarink.
In January I matched up 12 patterns I really wanted to get around to with 12 yarns I really wanted to get around to, rammed one set per month into ziplocks and shoved them onto the top shelf of my downstairs stash closet. Every month since then I’ve been drawing one at random, and I can’t believe how much fun it is. I don’t know what I’m getting, I’m trying all sorts of things I was looking forward to, and I’m knitting tons of socks that really would have ended up being plain socks because I sometimes have so much trouble deciding on a pattern that I end up doing plain ones just because I can’t make up my mind.
This has been a blast, and I feel like I’m really churning out the knitwear and I’m getting other pairs in too- since when I finish ahead of schedule, like this month, I’ve got almost two weeks now to work on another pair.
This was a way better idea than the thing with the leak, the duct tape and all the tin foil.