Yarn Along: Knitting imperfect socks

I think it must be the change of light or the fact I’ve knitted more rows, but I can now see what is wrong with the socks I’m knitting. Functionally they are perfect. They will fit and they will be warm. Stay up. No holes. Perfect for wearing with my walking boots. The intended purpose of knitting them will be met.

It’s just that they will always look like odd socks. Maybe from the same pack of socks, but not a pair.

The yarn was originally a natural light cream. Left over from another project. One summer, we were tie-dying tshirts and I had dye left over, so I dunked the balls of wool into it. Just because I could, more than any well thought out plan. As I knit, the yarn reveals a different amount of each of the dyes.

I knew that the toes of the first sock had a change over in colour. I’d planned a similar shift for the second sock. I did think that the yarn would become lighter again for the second sock. I guess it isn’t happening.

If I was a perfectionist, and these socks were destined for anything other than walking, I would undo them and knit it into a blanket or shawl. The change in colour could be mistaken as planned in one big, flat piece of knitting. No matching pair to highlight the problem.

There is a second reason why I should have avoided this yarn for this pair of socks. Variegated yarn does not show off all the intricate stitching. I know that. I knew that. Although in this case, it does hide the fact that I made a mistake in one section. Now nicely hidden in the ever changing shades. Silver lining!

So am I going to unravel the socks? I know I should, but to be honest, I would rather have a pair of  imperfect, well fitting walking socks, than none, at the moment. The dogs, my walking companions, don’t mind. I doubt they will even notice. As I stand, after a long climb, desperately catching my breath admiring the view, I know I’ll be more glad of comfy socks on my feet, than a blanket left on the sofa at home.

Better on my feet. I will embrace their imperfections.

This week seems to have had a theme, so far.  Take the expression “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” and substitute socks/blanket/home, or different books. Appreciating, and making the most of what I have, rather than looking at what I don’t have.

I’ve changed books again. Not because I wasn’t enjoying the Miniaturist, but more to do with having a book in my hand when I needed it.

Earlier this week, finding I was going to be waiting in the car for one of my brood to come out of school, I popped into a charity shop and spotted The Winter Ghost. It is described as a haunting winter’s tale. I’ve not read enough to know if it is gripping, yet. It is perfect for sitting in front of the fire in the evening, and reading though. More importantly, it was in my hand when I had time to read. The best kind of book.

So what have you been reading and/or knitting?

16 thoughts on “Yarn Along: Knitting imperfect socks

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    I quite like your socks. There is a certain beauty in imperfection … and they will keep your feet warm and comfy on your walks! I’ll have to look up The Winter Ghost. Always fun to see what everyone is working on and reading. Lots of good suggestions for both!

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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      So long as they keep my feet warm. I’ll be too busy surveying the view to notice my sock colour!

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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    Great attitude about your socks and I’m so glad you wrote about The Winter Ghost. The cover art called to me & I looked up on my Kindle. While it sounds interesting, it’s probably not really my kind of thing, but the search lead me to another book with a very similar name that sounds perfect for me, so thanks!

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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      It was the cover that drew me in, too.I’m glad you found a good book.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    I have knitted socks that have ended up making a slightly odd pair before and have found that once they are on my feet and in my boots or shoes, comfort is the only thing that matters.
    I look forward to hearing about the Kate Mosse book I haven’t read any of hers yet but have been tempted by the covers.

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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      I shall live in hope that these socks can be described as slightly odd. I may just pretend that they’re meant to be odd socks. Yes, I may have to look out more of her books.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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    As long as your toes are warm and cosy it doesn’t really matter. Your knitting looks great too.

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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      I do like warm toes. These seem to fit the bill even if they don’t match.

  • Thursday 9 February, 2017 at 8:41 am
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    I agree- keep going! Imperfections are a lovely part of life!

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:28 pm
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      Oh so true!

  • Thursday 9 February, 2017 at 9:31 am
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    I loved the miniaturist. I’ve not tried a Kate Mosse yet, will add her to my list and give her a try. I think if you can live with non matching socks then you have a very fine pair indeed.

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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      I think I’ll probably love the fact that they don’t match….eventually. Although it will be interesting if I have to take my shoes off when I’m wearing them in public!

  • Thursday 9 February, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    That book looks quite interesting. I have added it to my Goodreads list. I like your pretty socks. I understand your annoyance at them not matching, but as you said who is going to really be looking other than yourself.

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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      Absolutely. I’m taking a lot of solace in everyone’s comments.

  • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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    I am not thrilled with my socks that I am knitting because the striping is at a diagonal and there is nothing I can do about fixing it. I am like you, I will have a warm pair of socks and that is that.

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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      We’ll just both have to grow to love our imperfect socks!

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