Socks, this past year, I have finally finished my first two pairs of socks. Woo! I have been attempting socks for years so this is a massive victory.
And now that I have finished these socks and as everyone has warned me. I’m totally addicted. Right now I have three other pairs of socks in progress…or maybe five but those were cast on in 2013 or so, so they totally don’t count. My first toe up sock with my first self striping.
So I totally want to do, the 2017 box O’sox again. The above three pairs would not count towards the 2017 box. So I did a mini stash dive and after pulling 14 skeins of sock yarn that I could make into socks I stopped looking but I clearly have sock yarn available. I have multiple sets of DPN’s ready to knit more socks. And if not, that seems like a pretty good reason to add more needles to my stash.
Or should that be four. Another pair of socks done, and another pile of boxes packed. So does this officially make me a sock knitter? I mean I’ve actually finished socks finally… These socks are also the Favorite sock pattern by Voolenvine. This time in Indigodragonfly in Beige.
The box of sox is growing. And I have cast on yet another pair of socks. So clearly this is the time for socks. At least until I get back to my oft neglected Royale. But I suppose there is time for sweater knitting, you know when I unpack everything I own.
The box of sox kal started on Jan 1 with a goal to knit 12 pairs of socks over the course of the year and while I never expected to make 12 pairs of socks, and still don’t, I’m quite pleased with finishing my first ever pair of socks.
Apparently, all i needed was a simple sock pattern and time. I do have a lot, a lot of yarn left so that is something to keep in mind but hey a pair of wearable socks. I’m telling myself that I don’t need to cast on another pair of socks yet. But I kinda want to. We’ll see what side wins out. I mean I have a sweater to finish. Among other things…
I suppose its time to get some sock blockers…
Look at that, knitting right at right field at Yankees Stadium. Now the miracle wasn’t the game (the Yankees lost) but what I was knitting. That right there was a sock. the Favorite Sock pattern by Voolenvine. It is a basic sock pattern, that I chose as I was planning to knit while watching Civil War.
I have finished the first sock. Other than Christmas stockings and that one failed way too too big, Christmas sock for my dad, I actually haven’t finished a sock ever! Yep, 8 years as a knitter but socks are what are beyond me! I’ve started the second sock and I have the bus ride tomorrow to the LIFFF so I have a few hours of sock knitting to and from the fair.
So it looks like I will have my first pair of socks! Maybe, We’ll see what happens when Sunday arrives but I am quite hopeful! I may finally conquer socks.
So when my dad called me on Saturday, to come see him on Monday, as he would be out of town Christmas. I had a moment of Noooooooooo. Then I realized I had no part of his gift ready. Going to Best Buy or Target the weekend before Christmas fills me with dread. I like the internet. I can buy things, there are no people involved. My experience with things like Black Friday are working the registers at 5am. I worked across the street from Macy’s on 34th street for a while. There are parts of the city I am fully willing to give up from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. So yes I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, except some online ordering.
Anyway back to the sock. Monday morning I got to work ready to turn the heel. Six inches of leg done.
So last night on my dad’s couch I turned his heel, we chatted, and never mentioned that I was clearly working on his gift.
I also greatly regret not getting the eBook version of Knit. Sock. Love. as I keep having to photocopy pages as I have lost the pattern twice now. At least I haven’t lost the book. I have the rest of the week off, so I’m hoping to finish dad’s socks by Monday, when I will actually be seeing him again. Fingers crossed.
I am working on the toe of my dad’s sock. So yay at the 47% mark on Dec 11th. Er… We’ll work on that. The problem is I had him put the sock on and I have a quandary. The sock fits and is too big around. Sigh. Remember when I thought this was the problem and talked myself out of it? Yeah…
So my question becomes do I cast on the next sock as a medium and then make a third sock? (Yeah this means letting go of the Christmas delivery date but I’m like 40% okay with that). Am I more realistic and make dad’s next sock the same size and assume it will be a layering sock? I fear I will just end up with two mis sized socks…but there is the part of me that keeps going its too big. Why make another one?
Well mostly, or at least something that can’t be thought of as anything else. It has a heel that was turned and everything, and I am now working on the foot. So far so good after accidentally making the heel on the wrong side and having to frog it and start over. Small setback, and more progress.
Now I just have to pick up the pace. We are 22 days out after all. Though the chances of seeing my father on Christmas Day are slim as he is likely to be working. Similar to Thanksgiving. My two Thanksgivings happened and now my plot is to how to talk my mother into letting me host and cook next year. I have hosted a Thanksgiving esq meal for friends that was a hit so I know I can do it and do it well and as my birthday this year shows I have a thing for cooking large meals. That and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pies.
As Christmas approaches I have started compiling another list of 31 post prompts. I like starting the new year that way, and it’s time to start prepping for the posts.
I have no idea if I do or not. but we all know Harry does. Why is this relevant? I have finished the leg on my dad’s socks and I had an attack of what if they are too big. They are too big. Of course they are too big. Why? I have my dad’s legs. They are great legs, if he was a different person I’m sure he would look killer in a pair of heels (I have never seen my dad in a pair of jeans because ‘those are for kids’). And we have skinny calves. To the point that I love lace up boots so I can tighten them all the way and they will only be slightly loose.
So after an afternoon of panic, and a failed attempt to go see him (the post office had a line one tends to see April 15 or the last two weeks of Dec). I tried the sock on my own foot. It was loose, but nothing that wouldn’t fit man much larger than I was. Small holiday panic averted. Yes I will be seeing my dad Thursday to confirm. But that would have been a few knitting days lost. I still have another sock to make.
Does anyone else have tales of knitwear panic? Or maybe you know who gave you your knees?
So the socks are still growing slowly, likely a bit too slowly for Christmas delivery so I will have to pick up the pace.
I’m a little more than halfway through the leg so I need to get to work. So of course, with that in mind, I pulled out another project in progress. The Podster gloves in the Gnome Acres Joker colorway. I also found my metal size one needles, in the podster gloves of course.
I should also find my color affection and finish that off. But in the meanwhile I am still finishing my Doctor Who special order, and getting things ready for Friday’s shop update. Busy busy week. Here’s the 8th doctor as stitch markers as green seems to be the theme of this post. A set of 8th Doctor earrings will likely be in the update. Sadly very few doctor stitch markers will make it, this time.
My dad’s socks have grown some. I have worked on them a bit over the last day. I think based on my own personal sock attempts I will not run into delays until the foot. Turning the heel only slows me down insomuch as I have to look it up, but I like to complete the entire heel in one go. So…
But progress, in dad’s favorite color. Here’s hoping that I get it done in time and it fits. It is about three inches right now and every cable cross is about half an inch.
In other knitting news, the pattern for the lantern corp scarf is off at the test knitter and I am knitting it up as well.
Currently up to Rage/Hate. Red lanterns. Though this may get put aside as a cowl pattern has jumped out at me to be designed. Its very simple and may be a great starter project. It’s in my favorite colors and in Eco Wool and is already named, Harlequin. So you may see that soon.