2012 was very good to me. I finished my 2nd master’s degree, moved to a new town, began working on a graduate certificate, and started a new job at a place I completely adore. I also produced and blogged about several finished objects of which I’m fairly proud of: my first complete quilt, an awesome lacey baby cardigan, and a grown-up cardigan for myself. Because I’m also fortunate to work at a place that gives their employees the week between Christmas and New Year’s day off, I’ve been able to finish several items before the start of 2013. Two pairs of mitts, two pairs of socks, a hat (the Perigee hat I wrote of last time is done and waiting to be blocked), a short scarf, and a shawl (also waiting to be blocked!) and yet I still have more UFOs to complete. However, I’m very happy with the progress. :)
I also declared that 2012 would be the year of socks back in February and challenged myself to learn how to make socks. Since then I’ve started 8 and finished 6.5 pairs of socks. Factoring the hectic nature of finishing grad school (and then starting it up again), moving, and starting a new job with less time to knit these past 5 months, I feel that finishing 6.5 pairs is pretty good. My socks using the top-down Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern is only half complete. Raveled here.
I learned that I much prefer toe-up as the socks fit much better and are quicker to knit up. From what I understand Socks From the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson is the go-to book for making toe-up socks. My copy is getting pretty worn but I keep it nearby practically all the time now.
These are three of the pairs I’ve completed using patterns from this book. The fourth pair is still in progress.
These socks are machine washable and have gotten softer since I’ve made them. I messed up on the gusset of the 2nd sock but these socks are so comfortable I usually reach for these first when I want to wear socks.
I loved working with this yarn and am sad that it has been discontinued. Laura, owner of Gynx Yarns, still has some available in her etsy shop (as of 12/31/12) and I’m hoping to snag a few more before they get completely sold out. Her colorways are gorgeous though and from what I’ve heard her new bases are fantastic as well. I’ll have to grab a few of those as well. :)
Lastly, the socks on the far right were the most recently completed and the most time-consuming. The pattern is actually really easy, they are the Traditional Gansey socks toward the back of the book. I tried to do these socks 2-at-a-time and well, it just went really slowly when working that method. I finally separated them and zoomed through them within a day. Lesson learned.
I used the Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Olivia I bought the day Madtosh opened. I love gansey patterns and the yarn really helped make the stitches pop. Next year I hope I can knit the rest of the gansey patterns from the book.
All in all, I really enjoyed the sock knitting experience and look forward to making many more socks in the coming years. They are indeed much more fun and comfortable to wear than commercially made socks. As for 2013 goals, that’s still up in the air. Suggestions and recommendations are welcome. :D