Last week, I finished my most recent socks. The ends have not yet been woven in and I have not yet taken a picture so that will have to wait for another day. But I picked my new sock project and got it started. As it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned here what I do, I’ll go into detail as to what I’ve done. For the last 2-3 years, around October or November I sit down and pull all the sock patterns and single skein sock yarn, match them up together and kit them up. The very first year, I pulled all my knit picks Felici. I was part of Knitting Expat’s Sock Clubs (she had 2 that year). So it was easy, every month she had a new sock pattern and I would pick one of my knit picks felici yarn and start knitting. I still have Felici yarn in my stash. Then that October/November, I printed all my sock patterns that I hadn’t knitted, chose yarn to go with the pattern and stuck them in a project bag with a number. That first year, I had 15. At that point I had been purchasing or getting free downloads of sock patterns I loved and I wanted to knit them. It was a shame to keep them in my Ravelry library and never actually knit them. So I made my own little club. Every month, I would ask Siri to pick a number from 1-15 and I would knit whatever it chose. I do not remember how many socks I knitted that year. While part of the Knitting Expat sock club, I challenged myself to knit each pair within the month so that I could stay on track with each pattern as they were released. Most of the time I was able to stay on track. Every once in awhile I slipped. But as long as I knit a few rows (at least 5 sometimes more) every day, then I was able to get the pair done each month. When I started my own mini club I tried to stay within the monthly challenge. This ended fairly quickly mainly because I now have a ton of socks and not enough drawer space. I even sent a lot with my daughter when she went away to college. Anyway, I don’t need 12 socks every year so I do not push myself to knit a pair a month. I think 6 weeks is a good time frame. Any longer and I get bored. At the end of that first year, I think I had 5 projects remaining from the 15. Then last November I did the same thing, I still had the 5 projects from the previous year and somehow I had more patterns. So I kitted up more and I started 2020 with 13 kitted sock projects. Now I have 5 in my project bin. So I’ve got the 1 I started for September, the 1 I still have to weave the ends in so I must have finished 6. I’m pretty sure I didn’t take pictures of all of them and post it. I will try to do that one of these days.
I’m currently formulating my plan for next year but I do not have as many sock patterns to knit in Ravelry like I’ve had in the past. My LYS closed this year and I helped buy all their remaining sock books. I am thinking about picking one of those books and working my way through it and I’ll probably do that until I’ve gone through all the books. I’ll let you know what I end up deciding. The end of 2020 can’t come soon enough. I’m done with it. I’m hoping for a better end to the year along with a great 2021.
The socks I started last week are from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast. I haven’t watched it in awhile so I’m out of date with them. But when I was watching, they were a mother-daughter team. They were based in Edinburgh when I started watching them but then moved to the Pacific North West. It’s been a few years since I got this kit and it was sitting waiting for me to get to it. One of the reasons why I love doing my socks this way is because it means that I will knit the things I want to knit, even when I forget about it.
~Happy knitting to my knitter friends out there.
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Your socks look great. I haven’t decided what I like yet. I learned cuff down first. The first one I did toe up, I wasn’t so sure I liked. Then I started doing them more. I’m kind of liking them. I’m not sure if I have a preference yet.
Ok. So the strangest thing happened. I was actually trying to leave my comment on another blog also about sock knitting when WordPress must have recommended your post and switched me over here. So sorry.
But yes your socks look really great! Pink is my favorite color! Congratulations on getting so many done! I currently am trying to work my way through a sock heel list. But I’m doing it on slippers as it takes less time. And also I want to make slippers for a bunch of people, so it will make things less tedious.