Clockwise from top: Test-knit socks for another blogger, using Wollmeise in Rosenrot, Child's French Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush using ShibuiKnits in Bark, socks of my own design using STR in Ruby Slippers, Winding Cable knee sock using Lorna's Laces in Manzanita, and simple stockinette socks using Vesper sock yarn in Neapolitan. Does anyone notice a theme here?
I took this photo on Tuesday, fully intending to post about my goals for this year's Socktoberfest. I went around the house and gathered up all of my socks in progress, and set them out all in one spot. This made me realize that I need to start finishing some projects before casting on for something new. I chose the pair that were closest to being finished, and focused my attention on those.
Pattern: Simple stockinette socks with picot cuff and round toe, knit over 64 stitches
Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper sock yarn in Neapolitan
Needles: 2.5mm Addi circulars
Notes: I tried very hard to keep the striping sequence in order when I knit the heel flap and gusset, and on the first sock I got it right on the very first try. I started the second sock in the same place as the first, but I had to rip back the heel turn four times to get it right. Weird. I also had to rip back the toe decreases on the second sock. I thought I had started the toe decreases in the same exact place as the first sock, but on the last two rounds of toe decreases, there was a brown stripe showing up. I had to fix it, because I knew that little bit of brown would drive me crazy. I'm not usually such a perfectionist, but I've gotten to the point now where I want my self-striping socks to match exactly.
And just because it's been a while, I thought I'd throw in a shoe shot:
Now that I have one pair down, I should be working on the next closet pair to being finished, which would be the ones I designed in STR. I'm not in love with the pattern, and those have been lingering on my needles since June, so I'm not in a big rush. The Child's French Socks should be a main focus, because they are a gift for a good friend who will be moving very far away next month. The test knit socks should be a focus, too, because the designer will be releasing the pattern soon, but it's one of those patterns that need my undivided attention, which is something I haven't had time for lately. And the Winding Cable socks, well, I think those are just destined to be a very long-term project. What the hell was I thinking, knitting knee socks covered in traveling cables and twisted stitches? They're pretty, but tedious.
So with all of these socks, and *cough*threesweaters*cough* in progress, what do you think I did? Cast on for a new pair of socks, naturally. At least the new pair is in sportweight yarn, and even though I only started them this afternoon, I'm already at the heel flap on the first sock. I think I just need some instant gratification, and then I'll go back to finishing up what is already on the needles. Then again, maybe I won't :)