It has been quite entertaining to pull my 2014 socks out and review what I have done on the sock front this year. I also feel that somehow, I have managed to learn quite a lot about sock knitting (and designing!)
Not shown in this picture are seven other pairs which I have given away, two which were drying on the line, and three which I cannot show you until I know whether a certain publication has accepted the design. Also not shown are two other pairs on the needles still being finished… and this the pair, which I finished yesterday and after I took the above photo:
All up, I seem have completed 36 pairs of socks this year (assuming I get those two other pairs finished).
When I set out my sock goals for 2014, I said I wanted to knit 12 pairs of patterned socks and four pairs of plain vanilla socks. Against this goal, I have knit:
- 12 pairs of plain vanilla socks (including two others still on the needles)
- 24 pairs of patterned socks (including designing five pairs of patterned socks. One pair still under wraps)
- All up, that’s 231% of I originally set out to do. Aaaah!!!
I certainly did not think I’d knit that much, and if I said I’d knit 36 pairs at the start of the year, I think I would have felt more than intimidated at this number as an official goal. Just shows what can be done when you are having fun!
During the year, the youngest boy decided he liked knitted socks, and so he got some too:
There has been a big learning curve in sock knitting confidence. When I set out to knit many of the socks you see below, I was more than worried I would not be able to knit the sock. In fact, not so long ago, I would have said to many patterns, “there is no way I could knit that”. I decided fear was not allowed to be a limiting factor, and I am glad I pushed my boundaries.
I’m particularly proud of these socks.
The unintended consequence of knitting all the socks is that there is now a small (ahem) issue with storage.
I’m going to have to rethink how my socks are stored!
Here is recap of sock patterns in case you would like to knit any for yourself:
- Smaug by Claire Ellen
- Cuff down Elementary Watsons by Sherry Menton (gifted)
- Oden by Mia Dehmer
- Snowflowers by Manuela Burkhardt
- Monkey by Cookie A (gifted)
- Cadence socks by verybusymonkey
- Rumpelstiltskin by verybusymonkey
- Hiya Hiya Peach leaf lace socks by Qianer Huang
- Hiya Hiya Arrow Lace Socks I by Qianer Huang
- Crenate by Rachel Coopey (gifted)
- Swanky School Socks by Sharon Jane
- Treebeard by Claire Ellen
- Anemone by me
- Seadragonus by me (x 2)
- Aster by me
- Selachimorpha by me
- #3 Bagshot Row by Claire Ellen
- Java socks by Cailyn Meyer (for the boy)
- The Sign of the Prancing Pony by Claire Ellen
- Susanna by Stephanie van der Linden
I guess you might want to know what yarns were featured here as well. I used Doespins (lots of); Handmaiden Casbah; Knitsch 100% merino sock (lots of); Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock; Opal sock yarn; Regia sock yarn; Stray Cat Socks (lots of); John Q Earthware possum/merino/nylon and Jewel 100% merino sock; Sokkusu O; Bleating Art high twist merino; Happy-go-knitty; Noro Silk Garden Light and quite a number of other New Zealand yarns that are now very sadly no longer available.
Hmm. Now I feel deflated. There were so many more socks that I wanted to knit this year!
Eldest son walked in at this point of my writing this post. I said “Do you think that’s a lot of socks? I thought so, but now I’m not sure.”
Son: “Yeah, that’s a lot of socks. That’s 20 pairs!” (He was looking at the list above).
Me: “Not really. It’s 36 pairs actually.”
Son: “That’s nearly 1oo socks!”
Me: “No. That’s only 72 socks.”
Son: “Well, it’s closer to 100 than 50.”
Me: “100. Do you think I could knit 100 socks next year?”
Me: “That’s 50 pairs! I can’t do a pair a week!” (mind boggling)
Son: “Yes, you can. You just don’t want to.” (tempting the devil)
Me: “Hmm…” (she senses a challenge, and is thinking about rising to it)
Let us see. I’d like to knit 50 pairs of socks next year. However, I think that realistically, 40 might be the more achievable number, assuming work commitments don’t get in the way. I also don’t want to make my knitting feel like a burden. It is the thing I do to relax, and if I impose a hefty challenge to myself, would that kill the joy a bit? Also, I think I need to knit a few more lace things and cabled sweaters. And where would I put all those socks? I suppose I could just knit exclusively for others… (family members begin to rub hands in glee).
I do have some thoughts about what I’d like to do with socks in 2015. I shall tell you about that in a forthcoming post!
Do you have any knitting goals for 2015?