About my single socks, Tami left a comment that I should knit two socks at one time using circular needles. I called the knitting shop and asked if they had the book and the needles. Yes, they do. I hopped the car, drove a few blocks to the shop, looked at the book; looked at the needles; looked at some new and yummy yarn. Then I realized . . instead of spending upwards of $30 for a new book to learn this technique, one set of circular needles, when I have a zillion DPN’s at home . . all I need to do is exercise a little self-discipline and knit the second sock before starting another pair of socks. I can do it! I will do it! I will finish the socks that are started on all the needles, then I will go back and make the second sock for each of those singles and from this day forward, I will make both socks before starting another pair. That’s a pretty big commitment but I can do it! I really like knitting socks on the DPN’s, though I’m sure I’d like using the circular needles too. I’m just saying that some people do not like using DPN’s and if I didn’t like using them, I wouldn’t hesitate to get the circular needles and the new book.
I left the shop feeling like a winner! It had nothing to do with the economy . . it had all to do with buying what I need and not just buying because it’s there.