Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Summer of Socks!

First off, I have not been knitting for the past week or two because of a nasty bout of tonsillitis. Not fun! I didn't feel like doing anything. But, I am on the mend now and actually resumed knitting the 2nd Sable sock tonight and am making fast progress. Yay!

Today, I decided to sign up for the Summer of Socks 2008! I am very excited about this. You can read all about it if you click on the link. This will be my first knitalong (KAL). I participated in a crochetalong back in March and that was a lot of fun. There have been a lot of sock patterns that I want to try and this will be good motivation for me.

As part of the Summer of Socks, there is a contest for knitting the most pairs of socks. Last year's winner knit 42 pairs! I am setting myself the "lofty" goal of 8 pairs and I think that is being pretty ambitious. I was going to round it up to 10, but that would mean I'd have to knit a pair EVERY week and I don't see how I could do that. But, you never know! So, I decided to stick with 8 and the plan is to knit at least a few pairs with some worsted weight yarn (Wick!) because those go much quicker for me. I certainly don't expect to compete in the most socks knit, but I would like to see a lot of sock accomplishments by the end of summer!

I made a list of some socks that I have in mind to knit:

  • I'd like to use the Tofutsies yarn I bought in Erie last year
  • I'd like to try a Mosaic pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks using this Panda Cotton yarn:

  • I want to knit the Periwinkle Panda Cotton yarn using a textured pattern
  • I would like to learn how to knit socks toe-up but I don't know if I'll try this or not!
  • I would like to get some more Maizy, Wick and Panda Cotton yarn in colors that I can wear to work
I think I wrote some other ideas on my list, but I don't have it in front of me right now!

My plan from now until Summer of Socks begins is to finish the Sable socks, buy some more sock yarn, and swatch so that I know my gauge. That way, I can get right to knitting on June 21st!

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