Sunday, August 10, 2008

10 August: Yet more socks - and a rug

After knitting socks for some time, I had a bag full of small balls of left-over sock yarn, in many different colourways. Never one to let anything useful go to waste, I have used some of these to make some odd socks -


As they will never match anything, this is their main feature. They will go into the sock drawer, and a random 2 will be taken out to wear. If I like them enough, I may never knit a matching pair of socks again.

And on the theme of never letting anything useful go to waste, there has been a box of rug yarn in my possession for the last ooh, 30 to 35 years. There was also a certain amount of the same yarn in my mother's belongings when she died in August 1983.

Last week I wove most of it into a small rug on my peg loom, a very low-tech affair consisting of nylon pegs and a length of 3" by 2" wood. I used 5 strands of the yarn together, to mix up the colours and to produce a squishily thick and soft rug.

It's about 29 inches long and 25 inches wide, and the cat has already selected it for a favourite place to lie.

5 comments:

KAZ said...

So - It's goodbye to matching socks.
They were sooo boring anyway.

I love the new ones.

knit nurse said...

Love the odd socks! I might steal that idea....

stitchwort said...

Paired socks may return - who knows?

Meanwhile, these are fun, and there's lots of ways to mix the yarns.

knit nurse - there are a couple of groups on Ravelry for single-sock knitters, though more for those with SSS than people just enjoying different socks. Most of the featured FOs are pairs of socks.
(That's Second Sock Syndrome - a terrible affliction that makes it almost impossible to knit a second sock)

Granny J said...

I admire your approach to sock knitting & wonder why in the world we are generally so compulsive about wearing matched sox...

ra said...

Oh wow I'm definitely doing some odd socks now. They rock!!!