… that is indeed the question!
It must be the season (or rather, the beginning of the season) for I have made a list of all household chores I would like to be done until Christmas / New Year’s Eve.
The list contains a number of delightful tasks I was able to ignore happily during the last couple of weeks or months, such as:
- clean the fridge completely
- clean all the windows (we got to 50% this summer, shame on us!)
- sort out the big bookshelf in the living room (stuff has been settling on a shelf since we moved in last year)
- clean out postcards / creative stuff (because this is very important and the New Year cannot start otherwise!!)
- clean the top of the shelves and cupboards (otherwise, Christmas won’t come. Also, I won’t get another chance to break my neck by falling off a high stepladder (oh, wait. There is the “clean all the windows” task …))
- wash down all the doors (this at last is manageable and can be done in a day)
- sort out the broom closet (again … very important)
- darn all the socks.
Wait a minute … Darn all the socks?
It might be worth noting that I am still battling that stupid cold (yes, we’re going into the third week, I think …) and yesterday morning was so bad that I didn’t do much else than sit down and knit (with a very bad conscience, as I wanted to work on my dissertation. Also, I’m so behind on French …).
Be that as it may, but my cold-befuddled mind is probably the only reliable reason why I unearthed all the pairs of socks from my wardrobe that need mending.
(Yes, there are 14 pairs in that picture).
To defend myself, I can only say that 12 of these 14 pairs are very old. They were all knit by my gran and I got most of them during my teenager years. Except for the two pairs in the top row on the right, my gran has knit them all.
Now, I don’t know about your socks, but I cannot agree with Elizabeth Zimmermann that socks wear primarily out at the heel. The heel is fine, in all those pairs. The problem lies either in the toe:
(This was my first pair! *sniffels* I knit them while watching Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and these were the socks my gran taught me to knit and my grandfather almost died laughing during the process, because my grandmother and me fought about three catfights until I had managed to cast on – favourite quote:
Gran (pulls herself together): And now you knit 1, purl 1 until I tell you to stop.
Me: (with faked coolness): Okay. So how do you purl?
Gran: (Internal screaming))
Most of the holes appear at the toe decreases, or at the very end of the toe.
Another problem with most of the socks is that the sole is worn very thin.
I still want to finish my testknit sock this month, because I want to hand it into the HPKCHC challenge. But I put the socks next to my WIP basket, and I cannot decide:
Should I darn them Yarn-Harlot-Style (exclaiming “Darn!” and throwing them in the trash) or should I sit down and reknit the feet parts of 14 pairs of socks, chanting Queen’s I’m going slightly maaaad all the while?
To darn or not to darn … That is indeed the question …