Come mid-February, the winter doldrums start to set in. I’m officially tired of my winter coat, tired of my boots, tired of the early dark, tired of the grey skies and grey slush.

Come mid-February, every year, the same things happen. I could set my watch by them: First, I knit myself a new hat. By this time, I’ve been wearing the same hat since December, and I’m deeply bored of it.

I also start to crave color: bright, outrageous, silly color.

Which results in something like this:

Well, it is colorful.

(This is the Stray leopard print hat, but worked in colors that only I would think were a good idea.)

Turns out I’m not the only who suffers this problem. Friend of Knitty Sue showed me her solution. I do like it, as it doesn’t require any new yarn purchases: leftover sock yarn socks!

This isn’t a new idea, but it’s the pure insanity of Sue’s iteration that I adore: no more than 10 rounds of a color before changing.

Also fairly colorful.

They’re clearly a pair, because Sue has used a solid color for the heels and toes. Of course.

So as soon as my hat-of-questionable-taste is complete, I’ve starting into my own leftover sock yarn socks.

I’ve certainly got enough yarn.

Lots to choose from... And this isn't even all of it..

Lots to choose from… And this isn’t even all of it..

If you want to see this idea taken to its (perhaps not entirely) logical conclusion, check out knitpurlhunter’s Sock Opus leftover sock yarn tights, on Ravelry.


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11 Responses to What Kate’s Knitting

  1. Adrianne says:

    Looks great…but weaving in all the ends? Wow.

  2. Meghan says:

    I love those socks, but I’m doing a beekeeper’s quilt with my sock leftovers … that won’t take long at all – ha!!

    Which reminds me I should update my raverly project:

  3. Kelly H. says:

    I’ve been dealing with doldrums too (just ordered a bright, fingering weight to make a summer cardigan with) and this idea is brilliant! I don’t mind weaving in ends if it’s stst, and have so.many.bits’n’pieces. Perfect!

  4. Lestersmama says:

    I do the same with my leftover sock yarn. I have a good friend that likes wild colour combinations. I made the first pair for her as a joke, but she loved them so much, I continue to make them. I call them “free” socks, as no yarn purchase is necessary.

  5. Christine says:

    Most perfect idea for leftovers of there ever was one!

  6. Suzette says:

    Freakin’ awesome idea and those Opus Tights are SO cool! My daughter would love a pair……

  7. Seanna Lea says:

    Those tights are awesome. I kind of want to know how much yarn (in grams) I need first before I get the pattern.

  8. I’m almost finished a fair isle vest I began for myself at the beginning of January. Just the front left to go. Its’ been fun working with bright colors. I, too, managed to use up some leftover sock yarn, though I head to supplement it with some new stuff too.

  9. Amanda says:

    Still… baby blanket…

    Though I think I had this earlier – I made a Fish hat with bright yellow 220 and blue/green Kureyon. It’s basically the best hat ever, not only because the yarn was a birthday present from hubby. ^^

  10. Ann Devine says:

    “Leftover” socks — great idea! I bought some mini-skeins, meaning to just swatch & see what I liked, but this is a far far better idea.

  11. kbsalazar says:

    I’ve been accumulating sock leftovers faster than I can turn them into booties, hats, mufatees, or more socks. So I also did a blanket. This one took about 600 grams of assorted sock yarns of various weights, from 3-ply through Sport, and worked out especially well for using up both variegated and solid fragments of all lengths:

    The only sad part is that I STILL have enough leftovers to do a lap throw, and I’m knitting MORE socks. :)

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