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 Replies to “The Gray Got to Me”

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

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

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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