I think it was time.
I had decided to make them slightly large for growing-in-to, which, upon reflection, works for sweaters, but not so much for socks. I just wanted them to fit for longer than five minutes, but of course, they're just too big, and that's that. They'll fit eventually, perhaps even soonish. But, my daughter is fond of them all the same, and wore them all day yesterday.
Also this week, I've been reading The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith, which I have out from the library. It's excellent, but it makes me want to go and sample all the things to spin, which is not something I can spend time on at the moment. It's a good general goal though, right? I'm finding it quite informative, and will keep it in my wishlist for spinning books.
Another source of distraction (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) is Karie Westermann's Byatt Shawl, which sent me to go look through my stash yarn. I think that this bit of gold Sweet Georgia sock yarn and the maroon sock yarn (there's another skein of it somewhere too) from Ali of Dandelion Fuzzies (that I bought, in both cases, I think, about 5 years ago) would be just brilliant for the Byatt, don't you? I might just have to give it a go and cast on after clearing my plate a bit!