An idea I have shamelessly, in fact, proudly, stolen from a group on Ravelry is to have my own personal sock club for 2009.
If you haven’t read about it, the idea is that you select sock yarn from your stash, even choose a pattern for the socks if you want, put each yarn and pattern in a separate brown paper (or similar) bag, and then every month select one at random – and there you have it, your personal sock club! It’s part stashbusting, part making your yarn exciting again. And fun too!
I have chosen 12 yarns, but I’m pretty sure I won’t get a pair done each month – I’ll just grab a new bag when I finish the previous pair. I’ve picked yarns that I haven’t used for socks before (with the exception of Koigu), or yarn that is “precious”, or yarn that has been gifted to me (and in most cases, it’s a combination of at least 2, if not 3, of those things). And all of these socks are going to be for me me me! (can you tell I’m over the Christmas knitting!)
1. Socks that Rock Lightweight – Beryl, 2. Wollmeise – Hollerstaud’n, 3. Koigu KPM, 4. HipKnits – Moody, 5. Claudia’s Handpainted – Oops, 6. Dream in Colour Smooshy – Lipstick Lava, 7. ShiBui Sock, 8. Sweet Georgia sock yarn – Envy, 9. Malabrigo Sock – Chocolate Amargo, 10. Sundara Yarn – Grey over Roses, 11. Lisa Souza – Garnet, 12. Koigu
I also haven’t chosen patterns for each of the yarns, although I do have a couple selected – the Wollmeise (which was from the first Wollmeise sock club shipment) will be this pattern which was designed for the yarn; the green Koigu will be Embossed Leaves; the HipKnits will be Bellatrix. I might do purl-less monkeys in either the ShiBui or the Claudias, and the Malabrigo or Lisa Souza will probably be cabled or twisted stitches, possibly something like Bayerische. We’ll see how I feel on the day! (note, all Rav links)
I can’t wait to “receive” my first shipment! Just have to finish another pair of socks first…