So...they say acknowledgement is the first step towards change. I acknowledge I have let the fun of knitting succumb to the perfectionist inside me and want that to change. Acknowledged. Step two. I have made myself a little experiment to see if I could really let go of all the colour rules with a knitted sock. The experiment went as follows: Start with a basic sock pattern, as this isn't about creating a beautiful lace sock. Then get two different colours of yarn COL 1 and COL 2. Start with COL 1 and knit until it runs out. Join COL 2 as needed. When finished the first sock, start sock number two with COL 2 and knit until that colour runs out. Join COL 1 as needed and complete sock two. The reason this experiment was so hard was because the colours weren't finishing and starting in the "traditional" places. For example, the heel and the toe are usually same colours. As you can see from the pictures, this experiment made for some wonky socks...
The funny part of this experiment was recording some of the thoughts I had processed and fought with:
"Well, it's not going to end in the right spot - so I should just cut COL 1 here and adjust it..."
"This is stupid, I won't actually wear these in public..."
"Okay, so it's not a traditional colour change..."
"I want the colour change to be obvious, what if COL 1 goes too far?..."