I belonged to the Socks that Rock club a couple of years ago – I didn’t really like getting yarn that I hadn’t picked myself, and I never used any of the yarn and the pattern that came with it during the year that I was a member (I’ve used the yarn for different projects since then, but that’s another story). I also signed up, and got in, the Wollmeise sock yarn club, but dropped out because a) it was so much money and b) I hadn’t enjoyed the STR club. But there is something about these clubs that always draws me – is it the thought of getting exclusive yarn? Is it the excitement of not knowing what you are getting? I’m not sure – but everytime I get an email from someone about an exclusive club…I hesitate. And then I delete the email, because at the end of it all – I have a lot of really nice sock yarn (that I picked myself) that I’d like to use up before I start getting more.
So when I saw the Personal Sock club on the Stash Knit Down 2009 group on Ravelry, I was excited. You pick 12 yarns, 12 patterns, and put them in bags. And then every month, you pick a bag. So its the fun of a sock club – without the cost, and using yarn you like. I had a good time going through the stash – it was so hard to pick just 12 yarns – Larry helped and I had to keep his picks under control – he has a lot of socks already. I also added in socks for Dan, Cieara and Andrew. I went through my Ravelry queue, and pulled all the sock patterns that I had, and then matched pattern to sock and put them in a bag. There are some really good combos – Wollmeise, Socks that Rock, Lorna’s Laces….I can’t wait!
I have been working on Larry’s cable socks and couldn’t wait to pick January’s bag. So I finally gave in the other night, and asked Larry to pick the bag (I was afraid I would shake all of the bags trying to find the Wollmeise – its heavier than the other yarns). So what did I pick?
Treadsoft Sock Yarn by Ruby Sapphire Yarns. And the pattern? Twinkleberry from Knitzi. I was pretty happy with this combo – I have had this yarn for a couple of years, so it feels good to use it finally. And the pattern has short row heels – I’ve only done them once, and it was sucky, so I’m excited to do them again – and hopefully better this time.
After I had all the yarns in the bag, and put the lids back on the tubs of my stash sock yarn, they felt much lighter. I am really happy to finally be using some of the yarn I’ve had, and wonder if I shouldn’t really make an effort this year to use my stash yarn exclusively – rather than continue to buy yarn to make new projects (or buy new yarn to stash). I’m not saying full out “I’m not buying anymore yarn”, but I think its time to really go through and use what I have and sort of lighten it up.
I’m working from home today – my boss finally told me that if its bad weather to use my common sense. So now I’m just like Cieara and praying for snow and ice! Which we got last night (well, the ice) Anyway, I think in between meetings, work, and all that – I’ll be casting on for these socks.
Anyone else interested in doing the sock club with me?