Sometimes sock yarn is like that - dull. While it is fine to wear dull sock yarn socks, it is something entirely different to knit. It is dull. Yet, it has its place.
I was babysitting kids this weekend, and Cassie was telling me that there were bugs outside and they saw a fly on the window. They wanted to get rid of the fly, but I told them that flies have a place in the world. Cassie, being 5, in school and completely dubious of the truth of what grandma was saying, called me on it. I told her a fly's job was to clean up, that if you didn't wipe up the sticky chocolate syrup that you dribbled on the table while eating your pancakes, a fly would come and eat it. I also told her that people don't like flies because they leave fly dirt (only I called it its rightful name) as much as they eat. She then asked what mosquitoes do. I of course replied that they take food from big animals and people and then they are food for birds and bats. She was pretty impressed and we then started a conversation about batman and heros, because why wouldn't you.
It strikes me that these socks are sort of like that. They are the fly of the sock world and I have to accept that knitting them might be dull and thrill me as much as fly dirt, but that they do have a place in the world, and that eventually, that place will be on my feet. That is when, even a lowly sock, will be a superhero, keeping my feet warm.
Dull sock yarn to superhero? Why not?