I have come to the conclusion that I love knitting socks. They’re fun, small, portable projects. The socks I knit and give as gifts are always well received. Plus I have a thing for sock yarn. So I’ve decided this year to do a self-imposed monthly sock knitting club, kind of like the Yarn Harlot did a few years ago, but mine will have a special twist. Mine will be a synesthesia self-imposed sock club.
Right about now you’re probably thinking o.O…? Allow me to explain. There are different types of synesthesia, and I have the most common form of it called Grapheme–color synesthesia. I perceive letters, numbers, and shapes as having a specific color. When I look at my name, Susan, the S is the dominant first letter and therefore my name is bright red. Markus and the number 6 are a pumpkin orange; Doris, a ∆, and the number 3 are all a crisp dark green; Jim, the number 7 and January are warm brown, etc. So my plan is to knit a pair of socks each month in the color I perceive the month to be:
**October is transparent like glass so it will be a freebie month. I’ll knit with whatever color I want. But not white, I mean heck, nobody knits white socks! My SnB group will get the joke…
My synesthesia sock club has three rules:
1. It is totally permissible to purchase sock yarn or a knitting pattern if I don’t have the appropriate color or pattern in my stash.
2. I must start knitting the socks in the correct month, e.g., start knitting orange socks in March.
3. I can take as long as I want to finish the socks, though ideally I’d like to finish one pair a month.
YES I’M CRAZY, but crazy makes knitting more fun, right?
A few weeks ago before I thought up this crazy synesthesia sock-a-month idea, I started knitting a pair of green socks. According to my synesthesia, January socks should be brown. So right off the bat I’m breaking rule #2. But I’ll make an exception this time and swap January and February.
So tell me, what crazy knitting projects are you working on in 2012?