Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn



Hi, it’s Maria.

Excuses for owning sock yarn.

1. It’s pretty

2. It costs less than yarn for a sweater

3. All those colors!!!

4. It has no calories or fat or sugar.

5. It’s more fun than being pregnant.

6. It doesn’t argue with me.

7. It still fits in one laundry basket (piled high).

8. The people dying it have to make a living.

9. It’s cotton pickin’ cold in Minnesota.

10. So many brands, so little time.

11. I never know what I might need at midnight when I’m starting a project.

12. My kids need to stay warm. (oh, I buy their socks at Wal-Mart)

13. I might need bra padding. (I wish!)

What, you want to know the answer? OK, Ronda was only off by one. I should make you go back and dig in the comments and figure it out, but I won’t.

I have yarn for 103 pairs of socks.

What am I going to do with all that yarn? I think I see eBay listings in my future!!!

I have Socks that Rock, Fleece Artist, Great Adirondack, Fearless Fibers, Scout’s Swag, Lorna’s Laces, Dream in Color, Jitterbug, Opal, Melleinweit, and more. It did all fit in the laundry basket!!

Oh, and the winning guess for Lexi is texanpurls. She (and Ronda, the other winner) both guessed 14, but since Ronda won on mine, texanpurls gets the other prize. Oh, Lexi has ONE skein of sock yarn. It’s Socks that Rock in the Rose Quartz colorway. She also says it’s not going to be socks.

Ronda and texanpurls, please contact me at mariajh1 at msn dot com. Let me know what your favorite color is. I’ll bet I have it.

OK, I have to tell you about my last sock yarn order. First of all, it was ordered before I counted my sock yarn. I ordered from Woolgirl. I can’t brag enough about them. My order came wrapped in different colors of tissue paper. There were little samples of wool wash and hand soap mixed in as well. It made for a really fun Monday morning. Their specialty is indie dyers, and oh my, are there some gorgeous colors. And…..I joined their sock club!!!

I have to go. I have sock yarn yelling at me. I’ll take a photo soon of all my socks so you know that I do use a small percentage of the yarn I buy!

Hey Lexi, where’s the weirdest place you’ve knit recently?


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

8 thoughts on “Excuses

  1. I love all of your excuses! I may have to borrow some of them if myfamily ever figures out how much sock yarn I have stashed!

  2. Beautiful. You need to stash your sock yarn around the house as decorations! 😉

  3. I want to know if anyone out there has a bigger sock yarn stash- (no yarn shop owners). This is from someone who knit two rows of one sock once and decided size 1 needles would induce blindness.

  4. I love your sock yarn stash and your excuses! That is a great contest idea! I love socks that rock! I think that I might have more sock yarn. I have half of a room devoted to nothing but sock yarn. However, I do not know exactly how many skeins I have. I will have to picture them and put them on my blog, perhaps for next week’s contest? That way, I could have a few winners, people who are closest (within two or three?). I just love your contest idea!!

  5. Great excuses! I need to borrow some of these for when my husband asks for the 100th time “why do you need this much sock yarn?” Ha! He has no clue!

    I am not sure I want to know how many I actually have. I counted shoes once and realized I had 250 pair – I have never been able to live that down.

  6. Hi, Maria! Did you get my email? Looking forward to hearing from you! I haven’t added to my sock stash since last month! LOL

    Patti O

  7. Thank you so much for making me feel better. My sock yarn stash is large, but not that large!

    You do have some lovely yarns in there *runs away before sucumming to temptation to ask any more about it* 😛

  8. My stash beats your stash hands (or should that be feet?) down.

    Not that I’m proud of it. I went a little crazy last spring (just ask Sherri.)

    So much yarn and only two feet (sigh…)


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