Knitting Series: Yarn Love Challenge – Confessions

Let’s talk about Instagram.

I recently participated in the February Yarn Love Challenge. It’s a daily photo challenge started last year by a couple of crafty women who, undoubtedly, wanted to spread the yarn love! If you want to see what kind of awesome women would start this kind of community project, head over to their Ravelry group or check out their blogs (oharethey.com and maryheatherbrown.com).

I used the challenge to spontaneously launch my new knitting only Instagram account, emmilouknits.

The very last prompt for the month was “confession,” so here’s several.

I wasn’t always on top of my posts. I frequently had to upload one or more of the prompts in the same day, because the day before I’d forgotten about it until I was already in bed and simply didn’t have the energy to get up.

I was also somewhat disappointed in the quality of some of my photos. I don’t have any professional capacity to take photos, but I know what looks good and what doesn’t.

My biggest issue was always lighting. When it gets dark at 6:00pm, and you don’t remember to take a picture for your post until 10:00pm, the lighting is not going to be ideal. I worked with what I had (mostly my bedside lamp, which at least casts a very warm glow), but I’m certain that I could have done better with more preparation.

But hey, I have a busy life! I leave for work at 7:00am and don’t get home until 5:30pm, there’s very little light available in February at that time!

Before I give you my final confession (the one I intended to be my actual confession for my Instagram post), let’s have a health update (because it’s relevant).

As I type this, I am recovering from the flu.

If you took a moment to check out my Instagram account, you’ll notice that this, my confession, wasn’t posted until March 2nd, 2 days after the end of the yarn love challenge.

That’s because on February 28th, the flu hit me like a bloody brick wall, and I couldn’t even get off the couch without feeling like I was going to pass out and/or throw up.

So, disappointingly, I am quite late on my final prompt. But as they say, better late than never!

Now for my actual, final, knitting-related confession:

I don’t love knitted socks.

Ok, ok, calm down, I can practically hear the horrified gasps from all you devoted sock knitters. Let me explain.

First of all, for everyday use, knitted socks are too warm. I work in an office, so if my feet get too warm in those wool socks, I can’t take off my shoes to give my toes a breather. Even at home, my feet are rarely cold enough to warrant committing to a pair of woolen socks (granted, this may change after we move out of our 3rd story apartment, which is always boiling hot no matter the season).

Most importantly, though, I don’t find knitted socks particularly comfortable.

These are the only two pairs of knitted socks that I own. The red ones were made by a friend, but you’ll notice that the green ones, which I knit myself, are made with a princess foot.

For those who don’t have excessively sensitive feet, a princess foot is where you make all the purl bumps on the sock face outward, so that the the nubby texture doesn’t bother the sole of the foot.

Even that hasn’t worked well for me.

I should mention, I do still wear these socks.

Most commonly, I’ll put them on over a pair of store-bought socks when I’m going to be out in the cold for a long while. Put my feet into a pair of winter boots like that, and they never get cold!

I haven’t totally given up on sock knitting. I have a skein or two earmarked for myself. I definitely enjoy the process of knitting socks! I’m hoping that one day I’ll find the right combination of yarn and pattern, and suddenly I’ll fall in love, like a proper knitter.

Until then, I’ll keep my feet warm in fuzzy, store bought socks. So sue me.

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2 thoughts on “Knitting Series: Yarn Love Challenge – Confessions

  1. I’m almost the opposite…I kind of wonder why I didn’t know about how much I love them before now. For now I’m smartwool and hand knit…hoping to make way more handknits soon. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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    1. And that is so much more typical for a knitter! I don’t know what’s wrong with me that I don’t like wearing them. Fortunately I have other people that I can knit for, because I really do enjoy the process! Toes are my favorite 😉

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