This is my sock-yarn stash:
There’s enough there to make at least 40 pairs of socks, which is more socks than anyone could possibly need. Also, I usually wear skirts with tights, or bare legs if it’s hot, and therefore need even fewer pairs of socks than average.
I love knitting socks, and I’m happy to make socks for other people (and fortunate to have a husband who thinks that handknitted socks are the Best Thing Ever), but I would quite like to be able to keep some of the fruits of my knitting for myself, and I suspect this means finding things to make with sock yarn that aren’t socks. Hats are a possibility, although I usually end up wearing the same hat all winter long; fingerless mittens would be very useful for someone who works in an office as cold as mine is, although again I can’t imagine needing multiple pairs; the best idea I’ve come up with so far is shawls and scarves. I already want to make an Ishbel sooner rather than later, and there are lots of other patterns for little shawls made with a single skein of sock-weight yarn. I often wear scarves and pashminas; even in summer it’s sometimes nice to have something to keep the draughts off when I’m wearing a top with a lowish neckline, and I do like to have lots of different scarves to go with different outfits.
What have I forgotten? What are your favourite non-sock patterns for sock yarn?
(Mind you, it’s not just the sock yarn stash that is getting out of control. I also have all this yarn earmarked for larger projects:
and a fair number of single balls/skeins of DK, aran and laceweight. I think I should probably stop buying yarn for a while.)