but it makes me crazy. Because I KNOW that 1) if I made my socks from the toe up 2) if I bought a yarn scale and divided the sock skeins in two or 3) actually paid a tiny bit of attention to the yardage in a skein of sock yarn, I would not have so much left over.
Sometimes there's enough left over for a third sock (which some people recommend in case of emergency). I can't do that- it defies every inclination for symmetry and balance that I have. There is nothing balanced about a third sock.I think it's a sign of negative "just in case" thinking. And there's probably "not quite" enough for a third one anyway.
If I know it's a hearty yardage, I'll go for broke and make 8" from the top down and then finish the foot. If I'm not sure of the yardage I'll go 6-6.5" from the top down.
It doesn't matter. There's always yarn leftover. I can either throw my money away or make some mitered squares.
These are tiny- 32 stitches done on size 2 needles-2 colors-4 ends to weave in- If this little project doesn't inspire me to find something interesting to knit, nothing will because it's going to be a big load of tedious!
It and a sock will, however, fit all of my vacation knitting needs. Simple, easy to pick up and put down, a small bag of knitting as opposed to bringing my whole stash, and no end in sight. And there is a yarn store in Cape May if I get desperate.
And finally, want to go somewhere that you will feel funny, clever, interesting, and otherwise delightful? Just go to my knit night. I love it. And for blogless, vicarious Lisa SImpson (her real name)- passing along the fact that you think I'm funnier than the Yarn Harlot and should write a book- is a little tidbit I'm going to hang on to for quite some time- I don't care if you're delusional. In fact sometimes I wonder if knitnight Gina just made you up to make me feel great.
p.s. when I came home from knitnight last night, I noticed that Mr. Sophanne was wearing his felted clogs... SCORE!!!