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February 15, 2008

Eye Candy Friday: matchy-matchy edition

One of my many odd habits (a habit which my husband finds incredibly amusing) is my fondness for matching my socks to my top.

The question becomes: is it a mere coincidence when one finds herself knitting a project which matches her top? (and socks) (and duvet cover) Or is it the love of all things matchy-matchy?

Posted by Kathy on February 15, 2008 05:07 PM

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I do this too! It's a good excuse to have socks in EVERY color. (That plum color you are wearing is also my favorite color. You can never have enough plum...)

Me too.
Love the purple.

Of course socks and tops have to match, if at all possible.

It just means you reallyreallyreally like purple!

I do this too, sometimes down to the underwear. No matter, just a good excuse to keep buying sock yarn.

That very same thing happens to me all of the time. Heh.

I match my socks to my top as well!

I have that same bedspread in my guest room. I love your choice of color. I love purple above all colors.

Oddly, I match my store bought socks to my shoes, but handknit socks must tie in with my shirt.

I love lavender and purple too.

I do this, too. I never knew it was odd. (Actually, today I'm all pink: shirt, socks, undies, hat and scarf.) Worn with blue jeans and a black wool peacoat.

I do too! I mean... you could wear white or black or gray socks all the time, but what fun is that?!

Right there with you!

I match my socks and my underwear to my top, even though no one but my husband and me sees my underwear. Yay matchy-matchy! I have a pair blue-green variegated socks I'm working on right now that have matched a few of my outfits.

Absolutely socks should match your tops. I always get a little cranky when I can't specifically match them....
;)

I think it's okay, as long as your life isn't ruled by matching. I personally think it's awesome that your socks and shirt matches your knitting and bedspread. I feel the most special when all my clothes are limited to just two colors. ;)

Ha! I guess you (we) are not alone! I match my tops as well, have for a long time. Years ago, my sister told me if you were a Minnesota girl, you matched your socks and tops, if you matched your socks and bottoms, you were a Wisconsin girl! Now I find that it is less localized than that!

*Love* purple as well!

oh, I do try. But I haven't knit all the colors of socks yet to match my tops. Then I just wear boots to cover the un-matchyness.

oh, I do try. But I haven't knit all the colors of socks yet to match my tops. Then I just wear boots to cover the un-matchyness.

I have even been known to buy a shirt to coordinate with a new skein of sock yarn ;-)

Are you trying to say that matching your socks and tops is unusual? I've been doing it since high school in the 80's! The haute couture of neon top, neon socks & white Keds has thankfully been replaced with less eye-scorching colors...but I'm still matching my socks & tops. I've never thought twice about it! >^.^

I think it's just a love of purple! I do that too, match my socks to my top. I was told by a 20-something year old that it's not cool to do anymore. I don't care though, because I like it.

I think that's just a testament to the awesomeness of Purple!

I do the same thing. And..the matchy matchyness of it all just means you really like purple. I like it so much that my HAIR is purple at the moment :)

Ya gotta love the plum! I *love* that the socks and top also go with the project and duvet.

BTW: what *is* the beautiful plum project?

That's a RULE: Socks SHOULD match your top. :)

Just another reason to knit your own socks, right? I knit socks to match all my tops!

So I'm not so crazy then... how nice to find 28 other people in addition to myself you match their tops and socks! I too have bought sock yarn to match tops I already own... only this week I did it a bit backwards and purchased a pair of shoes to match a Fifi top I am knitting.

Btw... Shibiu has a very lovely deep merlot color that you might like to acquire:

http://www.shibuiknits.com/Yarn/Yarn.php?Yarn=9&Color=S229

I thought you were SUPPOSED to match your socks to your top. Aren't you? :)

I, too, like top and socks to match and will avoid wearing a top until I have socks that match. Gotta love a husband who notices that sort of thing!

My son has made fun of me for years for matching
my socks with my outfit. Glad to know there is more of us out there :)

hahaha, i have been matching my socks to my tops ever since i can remember; i have no idea where the notion comes from that this is important (my mother and sister don't do it) but to me, it is.
projects, however, come in all shapes and sizes.

I will de-lurk to say that I actively avoid matching my socks to the rest of my outfit a good 80% of the time. This is not a judgement on those who do match. I just really like to wear wild socks, and all the better if they don't even go with my shirt. I'm known for wearing a monochromatic outfit with, say, neon pink tights. It's just me. :)

That said, you must really like purple! I'm like that with blue. :)

you're not weird (or if you are, I am too). I'm aiming for a pair of handknit socks to match every top I own. Then I'll start on sweaters to match the socks that I don't already have a match for.

One of the managers at the office always stops me when I'm not wearing black and goes, "Let me see your socks!" I think she has sock envy LOL.

Hey, I do that, too! Much to my hubby's amusement, I should add. I always thought that was perfectly normal.

you are just so color coordinated! haha love it! i on the other hand may um, at times... wear not matching socks... but when no one's looking ;-)

Yep. And the underwear should match either top or pants.

just wait til you start matching your underwear too!

Oh, I used to get ENDLESS crap over matching my socks to my top from one of my friends - to the point where he'd perform an inspection whenever I saw him to be sure, lol...

Admit it, you liked typing the word "husband"!

The real question is: Would you have picked up a different project if you were wearing different colors? I think that your subconscious is keeping you on track, color wise. You would have quickly felt uncomfortable knitting a clashing project, and not realizing what was going on, set it down and worked on something else.

I do this to, but right now have two pair of socks I knit in the drawer that I haven't worn because I don't have a top to match.

I didn't know that was unusual...

It only gets weird when you're matching the color of your knitting needles to your project.

I love colours and I think matching them is good for your wellbeing (eyes, nerves). Is there anything more ugly than having a lot of different colours that do not match in your outfit?

I even try to match my undies colourwise *g*. And yes, when hangig up laundry I even put them on the rope (string, line?) in a matching order.

You see, I am more of a fan of colour matching thän you are ...

A good friend of mine always matches his socks to his shirts and jumpers. Always, always, always. I believe than whenever he buys a new top, he also buys matching socks. It's great!

So what is amusing about matching? I thought you were supposed to do that!!! Maybe it is a sock maker thing? :-)

I was teased for years (as an adult!) for always wearing socks that matched my top. I also did it to my girls, which led to them wearing absolutely nothing but white socks to this day. All of this was before I started knitting socks - now 60+ pairs later I tend to pick out the socks I want to wear first, then figure out which top to wear. I even buy tops knowing which pair of socks they will match.

So no, nothing weird about you at all! And Amy - I grew up a Minnesota girl - maybe that's where it came from! Now I'm a NC girl, where people think it's strange.

You worried me. Of course it is not strange. Does anyone know of sock yarn that matches Ístex Loðband Einband in an orange/pumpkin colourway number 9934? I have tried both of my LYS's already. The colour is very similar to Rowan Felted Tweed SH154. Anyone?

Ummm hellooo... that's because purple is the best color and everything should be purple. We even have "purple Thursdays" in my office and we all wear something purple. (OK, so I do work with 95% women, but hey, you have to love a man who can rock a purple shirt.)
I always like secretly knowing that my socks match my outfit, especially when no one else can see them under my pant legs.

And your problem is... ?

There seems to be some creative camouflage going on with your positions. Plus the honeymoon blanket...is there anything you want to tell us Kathy?

Socks. Must. Match.

Or is it simply a serious addiction to purple? (One which I share, by the way...) Lookin' good!

I am like that too.... i did once get caught wearing christmas socks in july because I couldn't find another pair of reds...


Don't we all match our socks to our tops?

I agree with Joan. Is this not normal?

I wear birks most of the time and some part of my socks will show, only way to go.

I have a weird habit of buying yarn in the color I'm wearing a particular day. I have a burnt orange trench coat and bought similarly colored yarn for a hat and a sweater while wearing the coat. I bought aqua blue yarn for a sweater while wearing a t-shirt in the same color.

I used to work in an office that had soda machines selling both Diet Coke and Tab (this was in the 80s). Some days I would buy one, some days the other. Someone asked me what the choice was based on and I had no idea. Finally I figured out that I was choosing the brand based on what I was wearing. I just couldn't enjoy a soda if the can clashed with my top.
I still love that violent pink Tab can color. But plum is even better. Beautiful socks/top/project!

I used to work in an office that had soda machines selling both Diet Coke and Tab (this was in the 80s). Some days I would buy one, some days the other. Someone asked me what the choice was based on and I had no idea. Finally I figured out that I was choosing the brand based on what I was wearing. I just couldn't enjoy a soda if the can clashed with my top.
I still love that violent pink Tab can color. But plum is even better. Beautiful socks/top/project!

I used to work in an office that had soda machines selling both Diet Coke and Tab (this was in the 80s). Some days I would buy one, some days the other. Someone asked me what the choice was based on and I had no idea. Finally I figured out that I was choosing the brand based on what I was wearing. I just couldn't enjoy a soda if the can clashed with my top.
Beautiful socks/top/project!

Whoops, that went through twice--sorry!

I think it's a love for purple...

My own matchy-matchy issue that MY husband thinks is odd - I have to match my underwear to my shirt. Not that anyone but him and me ever see it!

And, do you totally love typing "my husband?" :)

I caught the same habit from Fred Astaire. If you watch his movies, his socks ALWAYS match his shirt so when his pant cuffs bounce up and down while he's dancing, you see the color.

I match my socks to my top whenever I can! I had a roommate once who was obsessed with matching, to the point where she would match the color of stitching on jeans. Living with her changed me for life.

You know I'm all about the matchy matchy! I totally do that!

LOV the matching socks and top and gotta love those cool jeans too! You go girl!

I don't find that odd at all. Men may find it odd--as most of them either wear athletic socks only, or at least on the weekends, and thin knit socks for work. But we can make a case for men being the odd ones for not understanding the many shades of black, white, red, etc...and the need to make sure you don't clash.

Hmm... I wear that plum colour VERY frequently too - yet I don't have any socks in it. I'll have to dye some sock yarn in a suitable colour this week!

Love the matchy matchynes there!

I just started quilting an anniversary quilt for my husband, and oh big surprise it has the same colors as the main colors of my blog. The same colors can be found on the front page of my SockPixie store!
Coincidence?

nothing weird about matching your socks to your shirt!

on another note- we look a lot alike.

I must admit to taking a pair of socks *out* of the laundry in order to match them to my top.

*blush*

Or....you like purple.

Ang

Purple.good.must.knit.everything.in.purple. Matchy matchy works for me. It's a great color on you, btw.

Ohhh! What are you making? Tell me tell me!

I find myself in the same predicament...and yes with purple tones :) beautiful! you look beautiful!

OMG sometimes I have to wear complete monochromatic outfits, so I can totally relate.
By the way, I have been reading your blog and knitting your patterns and loving you. I just payed homage to your last post at my blog
www.xanga.com/bionicsquirrel

OMG sometimes I have to wear complete monochromatic outfits, so I can totally relate.
By the way, I have been reading your blog and knitting your patterns and loving you. I just payed homage to your last post at my blog
www.xanga.com/bionicsquirrel

Ah yes...this is why 99% of my clothing is solid, bright colors that all go together. i know project runway doesn't like the matchy-matchy but then i don't like half of what they like anyway - and knitters know how the color coordination is important. :) gabriella

Delurking. I've found most things I've been knitting have been matching a Kleenex (registered trademark) box that's around.
So, yeah, blouse, socks. Whatever.

*nods* Me too.

I'm finishing a brightly striped sweater and have yarn left over...

So now I'm considering brightly striped socks. The thing is, it's four colours of solid yarn, so the ends I'll have to weave in...

Better finish my sweater first. :)

Oh my gosh. Great color and cool on the matching - I do it too though I need more solid color socks. But why does it seem like I'm the only one freaking out that you have a husband?? I don't remember you mentioning him before (dont even remember you knitting anything for him!?) and I have always imagined you as Single! Sorry that probably seems so silly. heh

I never leave my house without matching socks and top!

i used to be obsessed by matching my socks and tops and would buy matching socks whenever i bought a new top. if i don't match my top though, i will try to match my scarf.

i have to knit a lot more socks though.

I get made fun of all the time for how much I like to match!! Lipstick, socks, shoes, earrings, and everything in between!! I love it! The purples are WONDERFUL!

I match all the time. I thought it was normal, til my friend's daughter made a comment on the match matchy thing and how funny I was. I think there are more like us out there though.

Sometimes I BUY my tops to match my already-knit socks. :P

Oh yeah, you're not alone, and I ALWAYS make sure my undies match the outfit!! You never know what might accidentally hang out of the back of your pants.. you wouldn't want it to be blue undies with a pink outfit!!

Doesn't it just mean that that's your color, the one you're drawn to over all others?

I do that too! I think it just looks better to have socks that match or go with my top.

I think you might just like purple too... but I can definately see dressing the part if you think you might be photographed... with your knitting... who knows when we are all famous which random photo from years gone by will creep up on the net... :)

Not weird at all! When I was in college that was my rule: If the socks match the shirt, then your outfit goes together. I really did test the boundaries of this theory and I'm pretty sure it's true.

Oh, I thought that I was the only person in the world who did that! (?!!) Seems I was seriously mistaken. =)

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