Late again, but posting this month! It has been another tough week for my family, and the introduction of being back at work most of the time has meant knitting has taken a little dip, but I do have a bit of progress and a little retrospective to share with you. (Also, watch this space on the work front – exciting changes chez felinity coming early in 2018!)
First up – here’s where I’m at with my gonna-need-sunglasses socks. Very close to finishing and I will have these done by Christmas (possibly even later this week, if I set my mind to it) – I’m only a few inches away from completing them. This yarn has been the perfect self-striping happy-making sock yarn and I’m very glad I picked it up.
And here’s my 2017 sock achievements in summary:
Three of those six followed patterns and the other three were my own design (at least, if the Sunglasses plain ribbing counts as a design?). I’ll be 5.5 pairs of hand-knitted socks up by the end of 2017, which I think is very respectable. I have also loved being part of the monthly sockalong gang and very much intend to keep sharing the sock-blog love in 2018.
Talking of which, have a look at my excellent online sock buddies this month.
- Katherine from Fiber and Sustenance is about to cast on for some Christmas socks and also has a whole box of socks from the last few years to share.
- Paula from Spin a Yarn is working on some gorgeous vanilla socks in between trips
- Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons has finished some ace socks which blend THREE different patterns, and the techniques she used were fascinating
As ever, we are a totally non-exclusive group, and if you’d like to join in with monthly sock blogging then just get in touch with any of us. (As you’ll be able to tell from my intermittent blogging, we are not that strict on the first-Thursday-of-the-month thing either, so don’t panic.)
In non-sock news, my double-knitted hat has been on the back-burner since I realised it was coming out waaaay too big (I kind of knew it was foolish to keep the same number of stitches for a ribbed section without doing actual ribbing). Bah. No hat of woe photo because I’m too annoyed about it, but I have a new plan – cast-on about 20-30 fewer stitches for the brim, and then increase up after knitting for 1.5 inches. It’s not far off gauge for the main section so I think it’ll work – I just need to work up the energy because I am so slow at double-knitting! But practice will help, and I still think the end result will be gorgeous. Maybe a Christmas project?