What do you do when you can’t knit?

You organize your stash, of course.

I started a pair of awesome socks just in time for my wrists and shoulders to get jacked up and have to go on a knitting hiatus.  The pattern is Barrow, from the Sock Yarnista club’s August shipment, but the yarn is Sanguine Gryphon’s Sea Sock in Father Ailnoth’s Sin.

This is the front, halfway through the first of three repeats of a twenty row chart.  The cable in the middle will continue straight down, and the bands on the left and right will meander around and become lovely and winding.

This is the back, somewhere in the middle of the third repeat of a four row chart.  The effect is kind of lost in the picture, but some of the cables are normal old cables, and some of them are openwork.

I think the whole pattern is very clever and while some of the rows leave me feeling a little breathless, I’m loving it.  Or, I was loving it, until I had to stop.

I was home all day yesterday resting and icing and eating Advil and I couldn’t knit, so I dragged out my stash, sorted it, fished out all the icky old acrylic and set it aside to give away, and repacked everything that was left in a logical order.  Logical to me, anyway.  I almost took a picture of the whole mess while it was spread out on the living room floor, but I worried that it would make my husband’s head explode if he was forced to really see it all in one place at the same time, and decided against it.   Suffice it to say, while I don’t think there’s any such thing as too much yarn, I may have had more than I needed.

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