When I'm writing papers for school, one of my best tricks to get over procrastination is called a Dash. I have a really hard time concentrating for long periods of time without breaks. Under a normal scenario, I decide to take a break and then realize a few hours later that I've been goofing off for a long time. When I use the Dash idea, I do 16 minutes of work and then get a 4 minute break. I have a little timer application that I like to use called FlexTime that reminds me when it's time to take a break and just as importantly when I need to get back in gear. The biggest benefit of this approach is that I'm giving myself permission to goof off in advance so I don't feel guilty for taking the breaks I've earned PLUS I've got a defined way to convince myself to get back to work. I know this might all seem a bit over the top, but seriously - I'm a Master Procrastinator. I need this kind of system.
The important thing is what I do with my 4 minute breaks, especially when I'm working from home like today: knit of course! The problem is that 4 minutes doesn't give you much time to make progress. I definitely couldn't work on, say, my icarus shawl. Knowing that I've got a lot of writing to do this week and next, I cast on for a sock yesterday.
I'm using the Tofutsies yarn that Tim got me back in May. Looks a bit odd on the skein but it knits up nicely. I've heard about people having problems with this yarn being splitty, but aside from the cast on that hasn't been a big problem for me. I've found some horrible tangles that took a while to undo though. It's nice yarn to work with though, very springy and pleasant to knit with. It makes a super stretchy fabric, stretchier than any sock yarn I've knit with before. I'm not sure exactly where this sock is headed - the colorway is a bit too variegated for anything fancy, but I am thinking about the Tidal Wave socks from SWTC. That sock has a plain stockinette foot, so I've got plenty of time to decide.
There were great discussions last night at guild about stash and about sock knitting. I'm clearly a n00b regarding my stash - I don't have a huge stash, although my yarn bookcase (pictures eventually, I promise) is starting to look a bit full. The sock knitting discussion revolved around the big questions: toe up vs top down and DPNs or circulars. It was really interesting to hear why people preferred specific sock knitting ways over others although I doubt anyone was converted one way or the other :)