After my father passed away last year, my sisters did a purge of some of the 35+ years of stuff that has accumulated at my parents' home. It will be an ongoing process for some time. Bestowed upon me, since I am apparently short on yarn (snort), were the bits and bobs left over from all the yarn my mother had used in knitting socks for my father over the years. It is a sobering amount. Since it is not in my DNA to turn down any amount of yarn, I trundled it home and noodled about what to make with it - one of those cool memory blankets? A cat cozy or ten? Sausage dog booties?
Instead, I decided to do Stream Of Yarn socks. Or SOYSOX. I am working my way through the pile, in no particular order (although my strong tidy genes - all two of them - seem to gravitate toward color coordination), making shorty socks for my sisters, my mother and me. So far, I have knit up two and a half pair.
I like to knit shorty socks because they hold my focus long enough to be completed! I tend to fall into the one sock down, OMG one to go category when knitting regular socks.
My limited focus and apparent need for instant gratification, has led me to an obsessive knitting-up of small stuffed toys, or stuffies, as I call them.
I've experimented with cotton yarn, wool yarn, ear placement, face embroidery, clothing options, you name it, with varying degrees of success. I still need a lot of work on my mattress stitch. All my stuffies are slightly wonky. But, I'm hooked and I am determined to reach some level of proficiency. I may still be at it when I'm in the nursing home.
Would anyone be interested in these misfit stuffies? From the top - cotton bunny with removable dungarees; woolen bear with knit-on dress, no knickers; woolen rabbit with two removable outfits; woolen bear with knit-on dress, matching knit-on knickers. They are about 7" tall, made with all new, washable materials. If you are interested in any of them, please send me an email (swomersley at gmail dot com). We'll do it on a first come, first served basis. I am sure there will be more... I'm having too much fun to stop.
***Edited to say that they would just cost the price of postage - I will check on the price of the smallest prepaid mailing box and will add it to this post. xo
***PS The cotton bunny and the woolen bunny are spoken for!