Sock Blockers in the Trees

Are my neighbors watching me behind the curtains? Because I’m wondering what they think when I line up a bunch of socks along the fence, or hang sock blockers and socks in the bushes. Not only that, but then I take photo evidence of that loopyness? Maybe I ought to go to the next neighborhood meeting and listen in…..

DSC00094.JPG Remember this? It turned into these! Yes, I actually knit the second sock immediately after finishing the first sock. Why? blogBecause I love knitting with this merino/tencel blend (which you can find in our Yarn Pirate line and our All Things Heather line), and because I love the colors in this colorway – blues and browns (with white thrown in for fun). I had plenty of yarn leftover from the skein – to add to all of my other leftover sock skeins. I’m thinking I might need to make a log cabin sock quilt. After I finish my other log cabin quilt. ahem.

DSC00050 Remember this? It turned into this. (Well no, it’s not really hanging in a bush. That’s just for the photo…) I had this Sock Blocker Keychain attached to my purse and it was just fine and dandy for several weeks (and brought up lots of good knitting conversations with people). DSCF2939.JPGThen one day last week, I went to reach for my purse in the backseat, and …. it came up like this. Empty. The cute sock is gone gone gone. On the one hand, I’m sad to have lost it. It was cute and I liked the colors. On the other hand, it was quick and easy to knit up, and maybe I ought to just knit it up again with the leftovers from Frost? On the third hand, I wish I could see the person who finds that miniature sock somewhere (who knows where). Don’t you bet they’ll just have a fun time trying to figure out who would be missing one teeny tiny sock? I’m going to hot glue the next sock on there.

DSCF2941.JPG College Boy has come and gone. We loved having him home. I said to Knitting Daughter, “What will I do when you BOTH leave after a weekend at home?” She said, “Don’t think about it.” So I said, “Yes, but you can imagine how lonely it will be here that Sunday afternoon?? I mean, your dad and I will just mope around. It’s going to be awful.” and she said, “MOM! Don’t THINK about it!!” So I’m not. I’m consoling myself with enhancing my sock yarn stash, instead. (When all else fails, buy more yarn.) Here is the current pile. There are 25 bags in there, representing 25 pairs of future socks, yet to be made. Some are yarns I’m testing for possible future additions to The Loopy Ewe, some are just yarns that I like, but all are waiting to be made into socks. And to be honest, there are at least 20 more “in stock” in the Loopy Room that I have pegged for my own stash. I’m just trying to leave as many as possible for you. Either that, or I just ran out of room in my stacking baskets…….

Sheri shareifyoudare-howmany”futuresocks”doyouhaveinyourstash?


  1. Sheri—

    I so love to read your blog and look forward to it. I think I am going to come raid your sock stash I only have about 7 or 8 in my stash. I need more. At least I know where to get it from.

  2. wow…that was some speedy knitting! i love that ribbed lace pattern. i have a pair in that pattern myself. i would love it if you emailed me a copy of your finished socks…i want to add it to my yarn pirate gallery.

    my sock yarn stash is huge. it’s almost embarassing. i think i have enough for like 60 pairs of socks. and that is not including any of my own yarn. with every batch of yarn i dye i wind up with 1 or 2 damaged skeins that i can’t sell. so really it’s more like 80 pairs of socks worth of yarn. clearly i’ve gone insane!

  3. I’m gonna have to get some of that Tencel blend stuff. Yummy.

    I can tell you I have 9 miles of sock yarn. I counted it all up and figured it out after a Lime and Violet messageboard post inspired me. That may not be a lot compared to some of the hardcore sock yarn stashers out there, but 3/4 of my sock yarn stash was purchased between August and October of this year.

  4. Let’s see… (Running off to count the sock yarn.)

    16 pairs! Plus two on the needles. Wow… I have so much stash to get through…although it probably won’t prevent me from getting more. =D If all else fails, it’ll go around the house as “decoration.”

  5. I clipped socks to my mailbox with binder clips yesterday to take a photo and wondered what my neighbors thought, too!

    I’m scared to add up my sock yarn stash – but maybe I’ll do that just for fun.

  6. I only have nine pairs of “futuresocks” in my stash, but hey, I’ve only been knitting for a year. Give me time, I’m workin’ on it! I need to add a skein or three of that merino/tencel yarn to my stash. Looks yummy!

  7. Is that my sock blocker fishing lure stuck in the bush? Any sign of the knitted skirt that goes with it? It tended to slide off when submerged.

  8. Wonder Husband – since when did you start stealing Sock Blocker Keychains for fishing lures? Or wearing knitted skirts? I must keep a closer eye on you…..

  9. I don’t even want to think about the number of socks in my future…and if I don’t stay off your site I will need to buy a new house just to store my sock yarns! Seriously, I probably have at least 50 pair in my future.

  10. Instead of hot glue, I was thinking I would use a little poster tape to hold my mini sock on my blocker (as soon as I make a mini sock for it).

    So…I’d love to see the mini sock blocker as a pendant/necklace too. I would wear it every day. (No really, I would!) I suppose I could alter the keychain to use on a necklace, but I’d rather have an excuse to buy another one! πŸ˜‰

    Future socks in my stash…No kidding, if I scrounge everything up again like I did for Socktoberfest it is over 30 in progress. Plus socks to be made, I would be up to 50 pair AT LEAST. Probably more like 60 or 70 at least, because some of those socks are kid-sized. Somehow I don’t see this as a problem, because give me a year or two and I will have gone through this many sock projects. Sock yarn is something I have nooooo problem justifying the stashing of.

  11. thanks to my Excel spreadsheet, I can accurately and shamefully say that I have enough yarn for 35 pairs of socks in my stash. Considering that I churn out only 2 pairs a month (at best), I should really stop buying sock yarn but I can’t help myself, it’s just too pretty to pass up!

  12. Oh dear. I think my sock yarn stash rivals Georgia’s. In one rather small drawer, I have yarn for 35 pairs of socks. I was so shocked I didn’t count the potential pairs in the two bins and what is stuffed in my Loopy Project Keepers (of which I have 5 – love love love them)! I just ordered the “Frost” colorway; I was worried I wouldn’t get any – which is my story for all of my yarn stash: what if that colorway never appears again!?!

    I have my husband convinced that my sock yarn habit is nothing compared to the cost of stuff those crafters have on “That’s Clever” or “Crafters Coast to Coast” (both on DIY channel) with their clay and kilns or their jewelry making equipment including expensive stones and precious metals. It’s working for me so far!

    I just washed a bunch of socks. I think I’ll go hang them in the shrubbery on my Loopy sock blockers. The pair in Claudia’s “Jungle” colorway should look very Christmas-y on the red sock blockers….

  13. I have heard rumors all the way here in Iowa of a Loopy lady who roams around her yard sticking socks in trees and bushes and taking pictures… Must be you!!! I have enough yarn to make 5 pairs of socks. I am very happy to send you my foot size if you need someone else to knit socks for….

  14. Sheri! Only 25 pairs?? I’m disappointed in you! πŸ˜‰ Um, I think my yet-to-be-knitted-into-socks stash is in the vicinity of 70ish potential pairs right now. Sad thing is, it doesn’t feel like enough yet! I’ve not been able to buy any new yarn in a couple months, either, due to the holiday season (all extra $$ must be spent on Christmas presents, and not to myself!).

    Y’know, I wouldn’t hot glue that sock if I were you…I’d run a tiny thread through one of the holes in the teeny blocker, effectively securing it on there, but not permanently, so that you could knit a buncha different teeny sockies, and change them out to suit your moods. Heh. But I’m weird like that.

  15. I have a 2.5 year old and already wonder what I’m going to do when he leaves home!! I figure I’ll by a little lap dog and knit it sweaters!!!!

    I love the sock colorway of blue and brown!! They look fantastic!

  16. I thought I had alot of sock yarn until reading all these comments. I can’t compete and I’m glad it is not a competition. But, I do have enough yarn to make about 15 pairs of socks that would be adult and children mixed. I have 7 works in progress so I think I’m doing ok keeping the addiction in check!! I also enjoy coming and reading the blogs here. On that note, I made the cranberry pie from a previous blog. The ladies at work all thought it was a keeper and hubby and I did too. Thanks again Diane and Sheri for sharing a good recipe. Your blue socks are beautiful, Sheri. I like the striping going on there. Happy knitting to you all.

  17. Sherri…….

    I have made 8 pairs of socks……I better get to it! My college boy (Mr. Fine) left on Sunday, as did my College Grad son that lives and works in Ithaca, NY (6hr drive)……It was sad, but I DECKED THE HALLS….and boy did I deck……….and keep decking more……and of course worked on the sweater for my son’s girlfriend….who I am really hoping will be the daughter I neve had………..

    Glad that those that tried my Cranberry Pie enjoyed it as much as my family and friends do!

    Have a good one….Diane

  18. I like to go on the principle that “ignorance is bliss” when it comes to my sock yarn stash. That way I can buy more when I see some I simply must have!!!! I will tell you I have a LOT. I’ve tried yarn diets but they just don’t work!!!!

  19. In the stash, on order, or on the needles? That is really the question.. Last time, I counted the stash, I think there was somewhere around 50 pairs of socks in there. But I have added to the stash since. But I have also donated some as prizes since than. On the needles, there are currently 5 pairs of socks but I am about to start another pair. And on order, there are the 3 that I just ordered from you. So I would say that I probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 or more pairs either waiting to be knit.

    And of course, I am wearing a pair of hand knit socks right now.

  20. Sheri, I am sure you have already seen it, but the Loopy Ewe has a mention and a link in the Yarn Harlot’s blog today–that should be pretty good for business and she mentions the Claudia colorway I just bought.

  21. I could knit a pair a week and still have yarn left over. Having OCD has now spilled over into sock yarn – the newestest, sexiest, most colourful – I have to have that hand-dyed yarn in my collection (which it now is – like diamonds, teapots or dolls). I am keeping quite a few online LYS’s in business these days.

    I can’t wait for the day that Sheri starts a “Sock of the Month” club and I can add yarn that I might not buy on my own volition.

  22. I have enough sock yarn for 40 pairs. Not only that, but now I’ve ventured into lace knitting and have started buying lace yarn! Really, what I should do is combine my two obsessions and knit lots and lots and lots of lace socks. I wish I could knit faster.

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