There's nothing quite like adding to the yarn stash, whether it's from the LYS or a package arriving on the doorstep. I try to knit from my stash whenever possible, just so it doesn't completely take over the house (actually, it's a toss-up between yarn or books as to what's going to force me to start camping out in the back yard!), but sometimes a yarn just calls out and I have to get it.
My last LYS splurge was two skeins of Lobster Pot Cashmere lace in Salt Rose, so I thought i was set for a bit, but then I saw the sock yarn sale at KP. I ended up with yarn for six pair of socks - Stroll Glimmer in Pomegranate and Potion, Gloss in Winter Night and Cranberry, and Capretta in Fairy Tale and Harbor. There was much squealing and petting of yarn when it arrived. :)
Of course, now I had to decide what patterns to use. I broke out my copy of Sock Innovation by Cookie A. and started browsing, settling on 'Lindsay' and the Fairy Tale to start. I love the look and it's an easy pattern that I can whip up while watching the Olympics. I went looking at the other patterns to see what I might want to do next, had a few uncertainties about how to manage things, and sent an e-mail to Cookie. She responded right away and was so helpful and nice. I'm still not sure which pattern I'll pull, but I do know it'll be the Winter Night Gloss that gets knitted up next.
That wasn't the end of things, though. I also bought a few patterns from KP - Fishgyle Socks, Toxic Socks, and Shelob's Lair Socks. My sister gave me some little missmatched socks for my birthday this year and I thought these would be fun to make up and split with her as mismatched sets. I just need to pick up the yarn for it - Stroll in Black and Chroma in Buttermint, because I think that will show up really well.
The really funny thing about all this is that I hardly ever wear socks. I live in heels, and the only time I wear socks is sometimes around the house in the winter or with my boots to shovel or go to and from work, but I can't seem to shake my love of knitting socks. Maybe it's the relative instant gratification or the easy portability. Whatever the reason, I will continue to knit socks and either gift them to my more appreciative family and friends or hoard them for myself and admire the growing collection.