Well, I did it. I splurged and picked up some quality sock yarn in colours that I like! Whether or not I keep them all, I don’t know. Doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I have yarn!! WOOT!! And the opportunity to try out some new patterns to see what works best.
On a related note… I bought the yarn at V&S here in Minden. It feels good to support local businesses. I’ve spoken to the owner. He is so nice. He does really well keeping his craft dept. prices competitive. I didn’t realize this until not too long ago. If you go out of town, by the time you factor in gas money, is it really worth it? There are some things that are. But I’ve learned to not automatically assume that bigger centres have better prices. Yes, there are some shops here in town that price gouge. They’re the ones who ruin it for the ones that are trying to stay competitive. I have been making a conscious point that if I run across a good local deal, my Facebook friends know about it:-)
I’ve been on sock-knitting fire since I got sick last week. I finished a pair for Norm (they were his very first homemade socks. He felt really special!). I then decided that I needed a pair myself. I have been knitting socks for over half of my life and I have never made myself a pair!
For some reason, it just sort of dawned on me that I could make them the way I wanted to! I don’t really care for high socks. I always wear ankle socks. So why not knit myself a pair of ankle socks?
That’s one of the boundaries that I’ve been working really hard on pushing… Thinking outside of the box. I’ve never really experimented or ventured far from instructions. The Sew Resourceful pilot (local artist/instructor Darby Bayley in particular) helped me to realize this. It’s okay to do your own thing. In fact, it’s encouraged! I’m kinda deviating from my sock subject. I will post about Sew Resourceful and my recently acquired outside the box thinking at a later date 🙂
Back to my socks…
I made the executive decision that I need to knit MYSELF another pair of socks or two. I think I deserve it. And I could be my own living billboard. I’m almost finished the first pair. I don’t particularly care for the colours, but they’re mine. That’s partially the motivation for tomorrow’s pending purchase. I’m always going out and buying material that suits other people to make something for them from the heart. I think it’s high time I treat myself with that kind of love and respect.
I think tomorrow’s trip to V&S is not going to be a cheap one!