Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sock it to me!

Here are my latest pair of socks.  This is the Lacy Mock Cable sock.  I enjoyed knitting these.  They are my 5th pair this year.  I had set a goal for myself to knit 6 pairs of socks this year.  I think I am going to up that goal and really challenge myself.

I finished my first pair of socks in Sept of 2008. I worked on them for 3 months. I worked on nothing else for those 3 months.  I did every aspect of that sock many times over.  Toes, heels, insteps, soles, cuffs.  Such a small item with so many parts.  I borrowed books from the Public Library.  I expanded my sock knitting library.   I devoured any magazine with anything written about sock knitting.  At last I felt comfortable enough to go forth and jump into the sock knitting world.

Considering it took me the 3 months to knit my first pair of socks I thought 6 pairs would be a good goal for this year.  Then I counted how many pairs of socks I knit last year and now I'm thinking I'd better step it up a notch or two. 

In 2009 I knit 8 pairs of socks.  So I've decided to knit a minimum of 8 pairs and an ultimate goal of a dozen in 12 months. Yes 12 in 12.  I think I'm ready. I'll have to cast on a pair or two today to make my goal.

I love wearing hand knitted, yummy wool socks.  And don't get me started on how much better wool socks are in the northeast winters then any other fiber!  Whether its top-downs by Cookie A. or toe-ups by Wendy D. Johnson, I love them all.  I am now an intrepid sock knitter.  I think I will always have at least one pair of socks on the needles at all times. 

I think by the time holiday season rolls around I might be ready for a sock of the month club - hint, hint ;)

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