I have been getting cabin fever bad lately. Perhaps I'm lonely working away alone in the house for long hours or maybe I've just had it with being indoors at all when the spring starts to call. It is too soon here to start work planting my tiny little garden. It's not quite warm enough yet to sit in the sky chair and soak up the heat of the sun. What is a girl to do? Rebel. Rebel with every fiber of my being...
(dramatic pause here for effect if you don't mind)
by casting on four pairs of socks.
Hey, stop laughing, it really is rebelous for me. There was a time not so long ago that I thought sock knitting wasn't for me. I didn't find any joy in knitting them at all. After finding what works for me, I have come to love the familiar comfort of a sock. You pick it up. Does is have a heel? No, then knit to the heel. Yes, then knit up the leg and bind off. Where are you going? Around, just knit around.
It's not like a shawl where each construction is a bit different and you have to refamliarize yourself with where you are. You just pick it up and knit around. I can put in a few stitches while waiting in line for food or sitting at school waiting to pick up kids. Just a few stitches and you can put it down knowing you will have no trouble finding your way again upon your return.
But why cast on four pairs of socks? Because my sock needles were empty. (Why did you climb that mountain? Because it was there.) One sock just wasn't enough. In fact, I'm resisting the urge to cast on a fifth sock simply because I might want to see something new a few months from now. It's spring and just as I want new flowers to bloom, I want new projects on my needles. I want the simplicity of knitting stockinette in the round coupled with the light weight portability of a tiny project for the hot summer months to come. I want to open my project bag as my kids play at the park and be instantly cheered by my colorful selection of summer knitting.
All of these sock WIPs may feel overwhelming in the coming months, but for now, I just want to endulge myself and cast on. Why should I not? It's just yarn on needles. My advice to you if you are feeling the urge to cast on all the things? Do it and smile in satisfaction. You are such a rebel.