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Final SKA socks

February 24, 2009

I’m just going to warn anyone who is reading, there may be a parade of FO’s for awhile here in case de Strings and Yarn.  I have months, almost a year, of catching up on posting projects.

So last year, I participated in the Sock Knitters Anonymous sock challenge.  Every month, a sock designer, technique, and maybe a mystery pattern was posted to the group.  The idea was to finish something that was a challenge to your knitting skills.  I’ve posted several of my finished socks, but I never posted my final pair, because I didn’t finish them until December 2008.

My challenge wasn’t so much that I learn something new each month.  Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot of new techniques (especially with argyle), and enjoyed the mystery patterns.  My challenge was to finish the year having made one pair of socks for each month of the challenge.  That meant 12 pairs of socks completed.  I stuck to this challenge up until my last pair.

My last pair of socks was for July.  The pattern is #10 Ripple Weave Socks by Charlene Schurch (ravelry).  I don’t know if it was because it was the last pair, I got busy, or I just ran out of steam, but I could not finish this pair of socks.  It was the first time I had ever run into not being able to finish socks.  Not just for SKA, but since I had started knitting socks!

I did finally finish them, and then it took me forever to finally start wearing them.  I didn’t take a picture and so I didn’t start wearing them.  Now that I’ve started wearing them, I love them, but my love of knitting socks has not returned in the same way.  I just finished some socks for Anthony, and for I didn’t jump at the chance to cast on another pair of socks like I usually do.

I’m not worried though.  I know my love of socks will return.  It’ll take just the right yarn, just the right pattern, and I’m sure I’ll be hooked again.  Until then, I’m definitely interested in what your favorite sock patterns are.  What patterns have you done that you just couldn’t put down?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2009 9:16 am

    Hi Jodie! I know the feeling when the current pair of socks just doesn’t appeal. I have a pair on the needles that I can’t FORCE myself to work on! (So after months of avoidance, I started a new pair. Problem solved.) Some patterns that I couldn’t put down are Grumperina’s Jaywalkers, any of those innovative patterns from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and let’s not forget the importance of choosing the *right* sock yarn… :)

    In the meanwhile, enjoy knitting not-socks!

  2. February 27, 2009 8:37 am

    While not my favorite to knit, my favorite finished socks are Cleopatra’s Stockings by Yarnissima for last years BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club (July). The traveling stitches are fiddly and not particularly fun to work on, but the final product is undoubtedly my absolute most favorite pair of socks to wear. They fit perfectly and snuggle my feet, and get lots and lots of appreciative comments.

    On the other hand, I very much enjoyed knitting Spring Forward socks for my SIL. I have no idea how much fun they are to wear, personally. But they look awesome and just FLEW off the needles. Plus it was great fun to see the pattern take shape.

    Good luck with your sock knitting. Until then, have fun with all the other projects that are out there!

  3. March 23, 2009 2:29 pm

    i know i’ve been away from my socks lately too, but cowls are so much faster to knit in class and no heel to turn and with one you’re done. i hope sock mojo comes back soon, i need some better summer socks soon…

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