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?

92 thoughts on “Eye Candy Friday: matchy-matchy edition

  1. Sarah G

    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…)

  2. Jennifer

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

  3. Toby

    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.

  4. Lara

    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.

  5. Erin

    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.

  6. Christie

    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. ;)

  7. Amy

    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!

  8. chris

    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.

  9. CrazyCatMadame

    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! >^.^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! >^.^<

  10. Brenda

    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.

  11. Michele K.

    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

  12. martha

    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!

  13. Terry

    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 :)

  14. anne

    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.

  15. Kristen

    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. :)

  16. karla (threadbndr)

    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.

  17. Samina

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

  18. margaux

    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 ;-)

  19. Eklectika

    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…

  20. martha

    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.

  21. Bonny

    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.

  22. Gisi

    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 …

  23. Kristin

    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!

  24. Pat

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

  25. Niki

    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.

  26. Ühltje

    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?

  27. Elizabeth

    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.

  28. Sammy

    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?

  29. Erin B

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

  30. Amy

    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.

  31. Another Amy

    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!

  32. Another Amy

    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!

  33. Rachel

    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?” :)

  34. Wendy

    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.

  35. Jodie

    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.

  36. Carrie

    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.

  37. Artsygal

    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!

  38. SockPixie

    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?

  39. gabriella

    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

  40. k

    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.

  41. Mizzle

    *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. :)

  42. Laura

    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

  43. maryse

    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.

  44. allison

    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!

  45. Doris

    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.

  46. Lisa

    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!!

  47. Kyle Kunnecke

    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… :)

  48. kristi

    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.

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