About weeks ago, I challenged myself to finish all of my sock WIPs before my advent socks were due to start on 1 December. I then promptly vanished from WordPress, neglecting the blog I had just the week before started! But I am back now with an update of all the socks I have finished in the meantime (spoiler alert: I am doing very well at my challenge).
As a refresher, these are the socks I started with:
The first pair of socks I finished were self-striping socks in the Jack Skellington colourway from Area 51 Fibres.
This yarn is a bit plumper than a regular sock yarn so I knit 68 stitches to fit my boyfriend instead of the 72 I usually use. I knitted them top down with a true afterthought heel. I’m glad to have these done because it turns out I do not like knitting socks in black and grey.
The next pair I finished were another pair of Halloween socks – the Trick or Treat colourway by Jokamamo Textiles.
As much as I enjoy a theme, I honestly think Halloween just does not work in Australia – it happens right smack in the middle of spring, just when blooms are flowering and there is joyful new growth everywhere you look. The days are becoming longer and brighter – the absolute opposite of gloomy and spooky. However, someone with the lockdown blues requested Halloween socks, so Halloween socks they got.
I did take the FO shots on a rainy day to try to make it seem a little bit spooky! (points for trying, right?)
The next pair I finished were another pair of grey socks. It is not a coincidence that these had been a WIP for a while – even though the yarn is really lovely, I do not like working on dark socks.
The yarn is Natural Fibre Arts BFL Sturdy Sock in a colourway I cannot remember. It doesn’t look like they sell it anymore, which is a pity because it’s a great base that I think will wear really well. I (clearly) discovered halfway down the foot that what I thought was a full skein was in fact a partial skein, so I finished off the foot and toes with some Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in Conifer which I have had forever.
I then finished a really pretty pair of socks made with Skip Rope Yarn Co Rhymes with Orange.
I made these for my sister for Christmas but, the thing is, my sister has the same size foot as me and I want to keep them!
I mean, look at those colours – can you blame me? Hearts eyes emojis all over the place.
(I am too old to figure out how to add emojis to a WordPress post.)
Finally (at long last!) is a really fun pair of self-striping socks from HalfBaked Hand-dyed. The colourway is Belvin, which I think was a colourway of the month.
I cannot recommend Danni’s yarn highly enough – she has a real talent for self-striping yarn. I’ve never been disappointed with anything I have bought from her.
So, even though I haven’t been writing about the challenge, I have been knitting on it. Five pairs to go!