Thursday, October 14, 2010

Socks-In-Progress Summary

I'm nearing the end of one year of working through my own self-imposed socks-for-knitters gift sock club.  (Not 1 pair every month like Yarn Harlot...I don't know how that woman gets it all done!)  But by the end of this month I will have, on average, knit 1 pair of gift socks every two months, plus 1 pair for charity thrown in for good measure.  Before this morning, I hadn't been keeping notes about the last couple of pairs, but I do plan on writing more about the experience, so I think it is time at least for a quick review:

The next pair in line to be finished are these Embossed Leaves Socks which I am knitting for my friend Tera:

You know I love any knitting patterns with leaves on them, so I've had this pattern in my queue for some time.  I just have to complete one more lace repeat and knit the toes.  I am going to stay up late if I have to for this pair to be this week's Finished Object Friday item so you can read more about these tomorrow.

After that, I will have a couple of weeks to finish the pair I started for Karen's birthday.  They are technically a stealth project.  Karen picked the yarn herself, but not the pattern.  To maintain an element of surprise I'm just giving you a peek of stockinette to show you the beautiful color she chose.  I will say that I think I found a perfect pattern match for the Malabrigo in "rayon vert", and I think they will be as beautiful and unique as my friend Karen:

Lastly, I do currently have a pair of socks on the needles for myself.  I started these Monkey Socks after getting this yarn at Stitches West this past February:

This is one of my favorite Cookie A. patterns, and I love the Peppermint Mocha colorway of Lorna's Laces that Jimmy Beans Wool released especially for Stitches West 2010.  This color is pooling differently on each sock so they are going to turn out kind of wild and crazy.  On other projects the pooling might bother me, but I think "wild and crazy" is appropriate for socks that will always remind me of that fun weekend.  I figured out how to up-size the pattern which was originally written for size medium only.  Finishing the socks and writing up the sizing notes will be my reward to myself after finishing the gift socks.

Of course, my non-sock projects are calling to me as well, but you can bet this last pair of socks will be on my feet at least by Stitches West 2011!


  1. Shannon - You have very lucky friends! I personally covet my birthday socks. But Holy CR*$! I forgot I made a promise to myself to knit myself some socks with that Peppermint Twist! Better get going!

    And I love that colorway for Karen - can't wait to see the FO!

  2. wow! I love the first two sock yarns you've chosen and I can't wait to hear more about them! I know I'll have socks cast on by the end of the weekend! I just have to pick a pattern from one of my books! :)