Despite my questionable embroidery skills on his face, I find sock yarn monkeys charming.
Pattern: A New Sock Monkey
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Jellybean
This past week WoolDiaries hosted another “Sock Blanket Madness” week on Instagram. I participated last August and enjoyed the intensive work on my blanket. It’s been languishing ever since so I resurrected it for another go round. Recognizing that I had a couple of commitments that would cut down on my knitting time, I set my realistic goal at 10 squares and my hopefully goal at 12. I managed to finish 12 during the week, with an extra one done today. Yay!
Over the past year or so, I’ve been using an afterthought heel a lot, especially when knitting with yarns with long colour changes (Knit Picks Felici for example). I’m
a bit a lot anal about socks that match and I like that the afterthought heel doesn’t disrupt the colour sequence.
One of the things I don’t like about it is picking up the stitches from the waste yarn. I find it challenging to manipulate the second row of needles with the first ones already picked up; the sock becomes decidedly inflexible. It’s doable, I just tend to avoid it, which is why I ended up with 4 pair of socks waiting for heels in the week leading up to Christmas.
Last night I finally finished my nieces’ and nephews’ 2015 Christmas socks. Once again, I was a week late. I significantly overestimated the knitting time I would have in December.
So what started the year as this:
Finished as this:
Every Christmas I knit a pair of socks for my nieces and nephews. It started several years ago when they were smaller and they were fewer. Now my oldest niece is wearing at least size 9 shoes and there are 9 (soon to be 10) of them.
Last year I was seriously behind and in complete denial about how bad it was. This year I feel like I’m in a slightly better position heading into the home stretch. (Denial is a place I visit frequently). I have finished one pair. And another: