11 finished socks. That's what's off my needles. That's why I've been silent all month.
Although, truth be told, Instagram has almost taken the place of quick and dirty blogging. So if you're desperate and don't want to wait for the 3-4 week current waiting period for a blog post (shameful, really), head over to Instagram. I generally post something several times a week.
So according to my trusty computer, the last time I blogged was August 2. At that point I was working on the second of my Caterpillar Green Hillside MCN socks. I finished that pair and the String Theory Event Horizon socks in fairly short order, and then Princess spirited them away to Alberta with her.
I am/was hosting the August Finish Yer Wips challeng in the SKA group on Ravelry. I "won" last year (courtesy of the random number generator), and the winner hosts the challenge the following year. I think I finished 8 pairs of socks last year. Someone else finished 10 or 11 pairs. But the challenge is to beat the previous year's winner (who was AuntieJo), and all those people go into a random number draw. I was pretty stoked.
Anyway, I have now knit 11 socks this month. Granted, 6 of them were vanilla, but they're mostly all 72 stitch socks, and I do fairly long cuffs. That's a lot of stitches. And none of the second socks had been started before August 1.
Pair #1 was the Caterpillar Green ones:
Pair #2: String Theory Colorworks Continuum in Event Horizon
Pair #3: the second Brillo sock out of some German workhorse yarn. It's completely made of caterpillars, woolly mammoth and stainless steel fibers, I'm sure. I'm pretty pleased, though, because the first one was done in March or April 2009 and was my very first sock. They have been relegated to gardening socks to wear under my work boots.
Pair #4: My Cookie A Orange Pekoe socks out of HazelKnits Piquant Light in some citrusy colour. It's a night shot, so not the best colour representation.
Pair #5: My Fishknits Canadiana Hudsons Bay All the Way socks. I love this yarn.
Pair #6: Bjork by Cookie A in The Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet Mad as a Hatter or something similar.
Pair # 7: Watermelon Slice by Wendy Gaal of the Knitter's Brewing Co. It's a kit available online.
Pair #8: Vanilla socks in String Theory Colorworks Continuum in Oenology (which I love). I think I finally mastered the short row heel.
Pair #9: Vanilla socks in White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 MN in My Caprine Overlords
Pair #10: Epic Lattice by Nancy Whitman in Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Chestnut (one of the very first skeins of yarn I ever bought). This pair is a little snug, so it will be gifted.
Pair #11: Vanilla socks in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Sadie Sue Tipsy colourway. I love the way these turned out.
Now I'm done. I can knit whatever I want. Which of course will be socks.
I took a group photo of the socks on the deck (minus the two pairs which are in Alberta) and the dogs decided to come out and help with the styling.
I do have some stash enhancement, but I fear this is already a pretty photo-intensive blog post. I'll leave it for another day, and will attempt to blog more regularly in September.
And speaking of which, this month marks my four year blogiversary (and I only started blogging thanks to the encouragement of my BKFF Christine aka Mapleweave). Thanks to my constant 5 readers for continuing to read the blog. You know who you are. Sorry I've slowed down. It comes with the bifocals. It's age.
For now I leave you with some terminal cuteness of the canine variety.