Oh, the problems of a prodigious knitter.

Karen Templar’s slow fashion posts have prompted me to question buying new clothes. Not that I have ever been a fashionista — I live in rural n.w. Wisconsin, FFS, and jeans are appropriate attire for pretty much anywhere I go. My standard shopping places are WalMart (gak! but it’s the only place within 50 miles that sells clothing), Target, Kohl’s, and Fleet Farm (yup), plus L.L. Bean for flannel-lined jeans and plaid flannel shirts. I already have quite enough clothes to last me for perhaps the rest of my life, so why buy anything new? I may revive my long-dormant sewing skills (I made many of my own clothes when in h.s., back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) to fill in some holes, and I will undoubtedly have to buy new jeans eventually, but otherwise… nope. (Let’s see how long this lasts.)

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In related news, I have found that I seem to have quite enough cowls and scarves and shawlettes, not to mention hat&scarf sets and fingerless gloves. Whenever I try to imagine the perfect item to knit from a perfectly lovely skein of merino or cashmere or alpaca, I come up empty. There are perhaps two colors of scarf/cowl/shawlette that I could use, a red thing and a blue thing; beyond that I am pretty well set. To make matters worse, I also seem to have enough pairs of hand-knit socks. Oh, yeah, I will probably make a few more pairs, but really, I do not actually need them; it will be more of an effort to use up (most of) a few skeins of sock yarn.

There seem to me to be two possible solutions to this dilemma:

  1. Stop knitting and give away my stash. This is, of course, a complete non-starter.
  2. Focus on knitting for others. Hmm

That second option has a couple sub-options:

A. Knit for my family. Problem: none of them want my hand-knitted socks or other garments. Both sons and Smokey are too hot-blooded to wear wool, period. Elder Son’s girlfriend and daughter(s) are potential recipients, however.
B. Knit non-garments for my family. This is a possibility, particularly given that I currently have four (4!) afghans OTN.
C. Knit for charity, causes like the Pine Ridge reservation or Afghans for Afghans. Children’s sweaters are a definite possibility. I already have a couple in my head.
D. Knit for local causes. Preemie caps, yup. Silent auctions, yup. Craft sales, maybe; our local population is, to say the least, economically challenged, so the market — and prices — are limited.

I should add that I have four five sweater-quantities of particular yarns in my stash, so it’s not like I will never knit for myself again. Will I actually knit those four five sweaters? Stay tuned

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6 Responses to Oh, the problems of a prodigious knitter.

  1. Kym says:

    My thoughts have been moving along these same lines. Tom (aka Mr. Hat) has actually stated that he needs NO MORE HATS, please. So. I’m also thinking of knitting pillows and throws and gifts-in-advance. (I also need NO MORE CLOTHES. Like . . . maybe forever. Or until my jeans wear out.) I haven’t purchased yarn in almost 2 years. . .

  2. gayle says:

    My older daughter and her family now (finally!) live in a cold enough climate to need warm woolies, so my knitting possibilities have opened right up.
    I can see where charity knitting would really be the ideal path for you – everybody wins!

  3. Ruth Flanders says:

    I’ll buy socks from you. I really need socks. I am serious. I need winter wooly socks for my frozen does, from Sept thru May. LMK.

  4. Ruth Flanders says:

    I mean toes not does.

  5. Rebecca says:

    On the subject of clothes, I just watched “The True Cost,” which has put me off buying anything but the most durable clothes that are well made from quality materials by people who are not exploited. I had no idea!

    You could knit socks for me too! 😁 Mine all gave out at the same time, and I can’t knit fast enough to catch up.

  6. =Tamar says:

    My sister had a bushel basket full of socks, which eventually all wore out. The difficulty is storage space, but since you are storing the yarn already, the knitted socks shouldn’t take more space than they did as skeins. Small knitted bags for wrapping small gifts could come in handy, and they’d work up quickly because you wouldn’t have to make thumbs or heels. You could try historical recreation, such as a 17th century Scandinavian knitted jacket, or a knee-length knitted tunic like the one owned by King Charles I, or make a tapestry-like afghan-sized knitted wall-hanging in sock yarn, like the one required for a medieval master knitter’s masterpiece project, using at least six colors and having flowers, humans and animals, and mottoes knitted in.

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