Socks. I talk of them often. A self proclaimed sock addict, I have a pair on my needles at all times. But lately, I find these oh-so-light-and-portable projects are weighing me down.
You may recall at the beginning of the year, I set out to knit two pairs of socks every month. One rainbow and one light colored. Well, I have faithfully kept up to that, I’ve knit two pairs every month. Now that I find myself staring down the fall and the end of the year, I find myself looking longingly at other projects.
I’ve got holiday gifts on my mind, a new hat for Kevin, and this year I’ve promised Astra a sweater! Of course sweater knitting for myself is a high priority. I pulled out my Sunset Highway and have been giving it a bit of love the few days.
I’m about 3″ into the 11″ or 12″ I’ll need for the body of the sweater. I’m actually kind of looking forward to the sleeves for this one, since there’s a bit of colorwork to be had. Of course, I can’t forget the swatch for my next cardigan, I pet it every day.
And in yet more sweater news, I caked up yarn to swatch for a new top, Mount Pleasant. This is Woolberry Fiber Co. in the Hayride colorway:
It’s dreamy and I really want to have this top for the fall before it’s too cold, but I was deterred by having no 3.5 mm needles free and the thought of these socks:
Every time I’ve picked up these socks this week, I’ve been bummed out. It’s a little bizarre, the yarn is so pretty and squishy and I love how it’s working up. But really, I want to be working on other things. My sock committments are really dragging on me at this point. I think I will compromise with myself and finish out the rainbow socks for the year and just pick up on other socks as I feel like it.
On the one hand, I feel a bit disappointed in myself that I’m giving up. But on the other hand, I knit because it brings me joy. If something makes me sad or bummed, why am I working on it? Do you ever set goals for your making and then feel down about not reaching them, or giving them up for something else?
With the decision to set these socks aside, I feel lighter. I am excited for all the other knitting I can finish in the time I would have devoted to those other 6.5 pairs. So little time and so many projects.
5 thoughts on “Killing me softly.”
If things are making you sad, definitely move on to different projects! You are still knitting quite a few socks this year, so it’s not like you are slacking! Do what makes you happy 🙂
Don’t be disappointed with yourself for setting aside your goal ! You’ve tried, long enough to know whether it would work or not, and to me that is the thing that counts about goals. A goal, to me, is a way of challenging myself, but also a way of focussing, a way to find out where my boundaries are. I think that it shows courage to try and a certain wisdom to give up when it’s clear that a goal isn’t working.
At this point, I haven’t set any goals to my making; my arm is giving me some trouble, so my goal is to take it easy in knitting ( which I find quite the challenge, too, I should say….)
I would definitely toss the socks aside to finish the Sunset Highway. It’s gorgeous!
I have to say I love the sweaters you make. The socks are always gorgeous but the sweaters are amazing. So I wouldn’t be too beat up about switching it up a little!