Winter has arrived...



I'm trying to break my bloggy related writers block and to do so, I thought we might talk about these socks.  

So, these socks are made from some yarn that I got sent (free) from Knit Crate.  It's a worsted weight yarn and I suddenly decided that some nice, thick warm socks would be an excellent notion.

So, I cast on and this is how far I've got.  And, well, I'm not sure I really like them!  I'm not in love with how the yarn looks knit up, and I'm not really 100% enjoying the knit.  Using worsted and this more wooly wool makes for a stiffer fabric than I'm used to and it's all a little bit harder on the hands.

So, I stopped, and in a rather uncharacteristic way, I thought to myself 'to heck with that, I'll just frog them.'  Not my usual MO at all!  That was earlier this week.


But then the hard frosts came and now we have actual snow.  All of a suddenly worsted socks seem like a pretty fine notion indeed, they could be doing potentially essential foot warming work that other, thinner socks simply can't manage.  I need these socks now!

So do I continue or do I frog?  At this exact moment I've just convinced myself I need to continue, but maybe the snow will melt and I'll change my mind.  I seem such a fickle creature these days...

What do you think?  Keep Going or Start Frogging?

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In the meantime, it's cold and I'm staying snuggled inside.  I received this rather gorgeous 'Lay Family & Friends' Yarn Club package the other day (not free) and I'm dying to play with it, but sadly I have so many other things I need to do.  February's Friend was my pal Betsy Makes though, so I had to have it!  It's really hit the spot with me though, the gorgeous colours, comforting tea, chocolate and a candle.  It's like a survival kit!!


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I'm also sharing some of the frosty pictures.  I haven't got any of the snow yet, I'm afraid, but I particularly like the long crystals you can see on the bush with yellow leaves.

Also the difference in light colour in the first two pictures, taken in the natural light of the back garden and the second two pictures which were taken in the beautiful golden early rising sun falling on the front garden. Beauuuuutiful!








S x



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  1. Mother Nature does such a lovely job of decorating and you have a good eye for capturing her beauty. It will be interesting to learn whether you frog or not - I await with bated breath. :) Dare I say that the sock yarn does not grab at my heartstrings however, the yarn from the yarn club is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! And absolutely you may dare, I feel the same!

      S x

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  2. Morning...you always have such lovely yarn to play with. Regarding your socks, I’m coming to you from Michigan where the wind chill has been -50 degrees and I’m living in my one pair of worsted wt socks, so I would say continue on, the socks will knit up fast. All the best.

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    1. Thanks so much! Oh my word, we've been hearing about that. Goodness I hope you are all managing to keep safe and warm. I know not everyone has.

      You are right though, the speed has to be in their favour for sure!

      S x

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  3. My vote is frog. Maybe try larger needles if you want socks out of the worsted? The yarn doesn't look happy on these needles, all cramped and squashed.

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    1. Larger needles is a very good idea actually, thank you! I might try that tonight, I don't like the idea of unhappy yarn. That can never be good. ;)

      Sandra x

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  4. Here is my sock view - there are so many lovely yarns in the world - knit something you love. The brown might make a lovely cowl or look different if you crocheted it into something. Somehow it is not speckly enough?? Good Luck. x

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    1. Yes you’ve hit the nail on the head I think, it isn’t speckly enough is it? Maybe it would look better if it was something else… or maybe crocheted instead? Hummm… I may be changing my mind again. So fickle today!! 😂

      Sandra x

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  5. Just a personal view but that yarn does not do it for me. If you don’t love it now you are not likely to want to wear the socks except in a dire weather emergency! Life is too short.
    Ps. Nice to read your blog again.

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    1. Well tbh, I think I might be with you on that. I quite like in in the hank, but knit up… like this at least, I’m not sure is doing it for me either. Maybe the worsted weight socks is a good idea, but this yarn isn’t? As you say, life may well be too short.

      Thank you so much, it’s nice to be writing again! 😘

      Sandra x

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  6. Hmm, may I say that the yarn looks a wee bit dull and could maybe be used with another colour and made into something else? If it doesn't 'spark joy', let it go!!I have one of those little lady tealight holders(different design). They're so cute. Great to 'see' you out and about.

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    1. You can indeed say that! I'm not sure how much I love it myself. At least, not as these socks. I suppose the evidence against is building isn't it? And I notice I choose not to work on them last night as I was planning to. Maybe that's a decision in itself!

      Yes I love my little lady! She doesn't really 'go' with anything else in my house, but I haven't let that hinder me. Ha ha!

      Sandra x

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  7. That yarn makes the socks look sad! Surely nothing worse. Socks need to be bright and happy, even speckly (love that word). However as a warm hat or cowl I think it might shine. X

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    1. Oh no, that’ the last thing we need isn’t it? Sad socks! It’s true that my first thought once I paused in the knitting was that I just wasn’t sure I liked how it looked. I was going to do something with them last night but when it came to it, I didn’t. I think that’s rather telling….

      Sandra x

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  8. Hi Sandra,

    If you don't like the socks, I think your dislike will continue so I would say frog. But maybe you will grow to love them. hihi. I don't know. It's a really difficult decision.
    You lay family and friends package is sooooooooo amazing. I love it. I keep watching your podcasts and after I finished yours I started watching Betsy makes podcast and I now I'm craving handdyed yarn hahaha. But I keep a better out than stash just like you did and so far it's going well. I didn't purchase any yarn in January. So that's a big thing hihi. But I think I'm gonna have to buy some handdyed yarn. Will see.
    Love the frozen pictures. Nature is so magical.
    Here it's snowing right now but it won't stay.
    Have a lovely weekend Sandra.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily

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  9. I think the socks look lovely and warm, but that yarn also says "cowl" to me. It's a tough call.

    Enjoy your snow! We had beautiful big piles of the stuff, then this weekend the weather warmed up just enough to make it soggy and melty and not beautiful at all.

    What a wonderful box of yarny goodness - all that pink yarn looks delicious.

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  10. I love how your photo captured those lacy ice crystals on the edge of the leaves - beautiful

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  11. I agree with the others who say 'frog'. You will not enjoy making them and you will not enjoy wearing them and every time you get them out, you will say 'ugh'. Use the yarn for something else or gift it to charity.

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  12. So, what did you decide for the socks? The thought of a thicker sock is a rather nice thing in this cold weather... Kelly's yarn is so dreamy isn't it? And these monthly offering with her friends are beautiful

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  13. I think the socks would be fine in a plain rib. If that's basketweave it's fighting with the variegation. Second sock syndrome will get you if you don't enjoy the first one!

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