The Gray Got to Me

Last year I started these socks:

The cuff of gray wool socks knit out of Paton's Kroy on double pointed needles

It was July.  It was my birthday, in fact.  I thought I was safe from the curse of knitting a gray project in winter.

Alas, I was overcommitted on projects and my work on these progressed very slowly.

Before I knew it, it was winter.  Have I complained enough about the long, cold, snowy winter of 2013-14?  Yeah, somewhere around the fifth snow day following the Winter Vacation of Vomit, I threw these socks in the bottom of a project bag, faintly promising myself I would come back to them when they stopped reminding me of sadness.

So I picked them back up again this summer, in August, and I knew I had to get them done QUICK because the long range forecasts for the upcoming winter are bad for Michigan.  You can read that as:

  1. I need some wool socks before the snow flies, and;
  2. I can’t be knitting anything gray when the snow flies.

I had the first, half-knit sock done in a week and the whole shebang done by the time school started.

But I did a thing to make them happy grey socks.  (Don’t get me wrong, I love Patons, but I am reexamining my relationship with neutrals.)  I took some leftover sock yarn from my Jaywalkers — knit in Conjoined Creations Flat Feet — and added in some brightly colored toes.  Yey!  Color = happiness!

Handknit gray wool socks


What do you think?

Next time I’ll do stripes.  I have more grey, white, and black Patons — and lots of colorful fingering weight yarns — and I have learned my lesson.

  23 comments for “The Gray Got to Me

  1. Lara
    September 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I like them! The color is a surprise as you pull your feet out of your shoes!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      And if one is going to be surprised, how about having it be a NICE surprise? Yeah, proactive, that’s me.

  2. Terry
    September 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I like! You can test knit me a pair. I live in the land of impending Frozen too!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      I just gave you handknit socks less than a month ago! 😛 Get back in line, mom.

  3. cynthia overall
    September 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Carol, you a master knitter! I love it.

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia! I don’t know about master so much as passionately obsessed.

  4. Carol
    September 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    If a little color hidden in your shoes make you happy, I say go for it. Ditch all those grey socks. Go bold!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      You know me!

  5. Charlotte
    September 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I like them! I probably would have left them alone in their grey-ness, but I like what you did w/ them!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Heheh, I was thinking about you and your love of gray as I was writing this post. I do like gray, but I think I was overwhelmed by spending that many hours knitting it. Gotta mix it up.

  6. Ts
    September 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I understand about having too monochrome a project. Love the bright toes and as I’ve yet to make socks, I can only say they look comfy and cozy!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen you make anything monochrome, Tiff.

  7. September 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I LOVE the color on the toes! A great way to end a project that dragged on for you! (And it makes them easy to share the story!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      You know you have a friend when you can tell them a story about your feet and they don’t give you the side-eye and run away. 🙂

  8. September 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I like the bright, happy toes! And I’m so glad you got them done before the cold hits!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Just in time to start another pair. The quest for warm feet in northern climes is never-ending.

  9. September 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I agree with Charlotte, and also think that socks should give you joy. The toes are fun!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Kell!

  10. September 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I firmly believe that socks should never be monotone. Firmly. Bravo!

    • September 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Yeah, I kind of have a thing for interesting socks too. No idea why I decided to start knitting plain gray socks then. Live and learn.

  11. Jules
    September 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Those are grrrrrrrrr-eat!

    • September 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Jules! Love the Gravatar.

  12. Charlotte
    September 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Probably you wanting to use up the boring grey wool in a way that wouldn’t offend you. Hidden in socks should have done it…but you couldn’t stand it! LOL!

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