Once upon a sock in December – rainbows and retrospectives

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:


Four completed pairs (Twyllas, Alonzos, Fyre Festivals and Helicals), one half-finished (Twisted Souls), and one deffo-gonna-be-finished-very-soon-now (Gonna Need Sunglasses).



I had a furry little critic overseing my photoshoot. Not enough energy in my photography, apparently.

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.

Once Upon a Sock post header 2 jpeg

Talking of which, have a look at my excellent online sock buddies this month.

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?

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Meg Jones says:

    Well done! 5.5 pairs of socks is an excellent number! I have a pair of vanilla socks in that WYS and they are so cheerful – I was wearing them yesterday (and mesmerising a 6 month year old with them.) and every time I get them out of the drawer, I am pleased.

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    1. I intend to wear them on Christmas Day – I imagine they will clash beautifully with everything 🙂


  2. Stefanie says:

    I want those top two, left side socks! I like the hints of teal in them. This newest pair you’re finishing up are terrific. I love the happy rainbow colors.

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    1. Watch this space, I have a blog post on that pair coming up in a couple of days 🙂

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  3. tinaor says:

    I am in awe of your sock pile!

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  4. Your rainbow socks are TOO cute! And wow, what a lot of sock knitting you’ve made this year! Also, I’m totally into counting sock WIPs! That brings my year total up to five pairs, as I’ve knit two sock feet and two sock legs, just not of the same socks, ha!

    Hope you’re doing well and that you have a fun project after the rainbow socks lined up to bring you some knitting joy xxxx

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    1. Sock WIPs totally count! That sounds like another pair of socks-worth of knitting to me, even if you can’t wait any of them just yet…

      I am trying to decide whether to try the double knitted hat again post-rainbows, or do something a bit more instant-gratificationy. Hmm.

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  5. You have definitely rocked the socks this year! I adore that yarn and purchased some for myself after your last blog post about it. A few other colors may have sneaked into my cart at the same time 🙂 I would also count the WIPs. I guess I need to do that for myself too. I can’t wait to see what you have in store!

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    1. Haha, I’m so pleased you bought some of the WYS yarn. It’s so much fun to knit with (and I love enabling other knitters!).

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  6. Jane Gealy says:

    They look amazing. I’ve started knitting again after nearly 40 (!!!) years and really enjoying it. My partner has asked me to knit him some socks. My first reaction was ‘you’re kidding me’, but your post has inspired me!

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    1. Oh I’m so pleased – socks are really addictive and loads of fun. Depending on how confident you are with your re-gained knitting skills (congratulations!), you could start with a little training sock to practice the basics. The one at the top of this post is a good starting point: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATsocks101.html

      It’ll only take you a couple of hours, and then you’ll be all primed to start a full-size sock – good luck!

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