This Whole Sock Thing

I like rules. Well, really, I like order, but I’m not very good at making order, so I like rules, because they make me feel like I have order without having to do anything about it. It’s like someone else is doing the work, even if it’s me coming up with the rules.

In that spirit, as Clocking the Second zips along, I’ve rather subconsciously been developing my own set of rules, or guidelines, or at least explanations of what my particular self-imposed Nancy Bush sock club is going to be like.

1. What I’m knitting: Each pair of socks in Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. In order, not including the basic sock pattern.

2. How fast: 1 pair of socks per month.

2.5. Except: If the pair of socks in question goes past the calf, I will allow myself two months for that pair, if I want.

3. For how long: There are 18 pairs of socks in the book. That means a year and a half, at least.

3.5. I can quit whenever I feel like it. If I run out of money or time or tolerance for socks, I am not a masochist. But there is such a thing as sticking with a thing worth doing until it’s done.

4. Using what yarn: Whatever I want! And whatever gets me the gauge. I want to make pairs of socks that are not so heavily modified to be unrecognizable, but they will be in my own gauge, color preferences, and yarn. Also, I will be poor and in seminary in a very short period of time, so I will use stash yarn whenever possible.

5. I can change the rules whenever I want. This is my self-imposed sock club; the only absolute is complete relativity at my own whim.

It struck me that there is probably a group on ravelry for self-imposed sock clubs. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is no such monkey! At least not that I could find with the fairly limited ravelry search engine; if you know of one that I didn’t find, let me know. Anyway… anyone else want to start one?

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