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January 02, 2006

Socks Socks Socks

If I'm going to be serious about my goals I need to examine my sock knitting.

Exhibit A


These are my current SIPs (socks in progress). They're all lovely, and any of them would make a welcome addition to my sock drawer. Problem is, I'm no more than halfway done with any of 'em.

From the upper left going clockwise we've got

  • Regia Jubilee in India. Love love love this self-patterning yarn!
  • A twisted stitch sock of my own design. Still in the very early design stages, and actually...too wide and not enough patterning. More on that in another post.
  • Roositud socks
  • A Trekking sock in a slip stitch pattern.
  • An almost complete knee high. Kellee even sent me a huge spool of clear elastic to do the top portion so I'm out of excuses!
  • Red Skacel Trampoline sock. This is my first sock with elastic built into the sock (instead of lycra it's something they call "polyester elite"). It's so form fitting and should be really comfy to wear.

So there you have it. Six pairs of socks -- most of them are 50% complete. How am I going to avoid this in the future?

First off, I'm going to give 2 socks on 2 circs a try. Now that I've tried 2 sleeves at once, I'm very interested in trying 2 socks. I think this might do the trick because what I've noticed is that I motor through sock 1 because I can't wait to see what it looks like. If I have 2 on the needles, it stands to reason that I should motor on through the two (right?).

Well, we'll see.

BTW, I'm considering making it a rule that I need to knit up all previous MDSW sock yarn before this year's MDSW. I have knit some of it so I only have yarn left for 3 pairs, one of them being the Regia India above. I know I'll be adding to the sock stash at MDSW so maybe a little self-imposed stash cleansing is in order.

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I really love the color of the Trekking sock - do you know what color number it is?

Besides the two socks at once, maybe a limit on the number of sock projects going at any given time?? I know that I always want to start new socks every time I see a cool new yarn or a fun pattern, but I force myself to wait until the current pair is done.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 2, 2006 11:21:28 AM

You better get busy! 6 socks and lots of MDSW yarns...that's a bunch of knitting.

Posted by: margene | Jan 2, 2006 11:25:40 AM

Since you're not eager to make those 2nd socks, you could alternate between two ongoing projects. Finish a sock, make a second sock, make the match to the first, etc. Better late than never . . .

Posted by: Theresa | Jan 2, 2006 11:42:25 AM

I was thinking about imposing some sock stash regulations on myself before MDSW as well.

Posted by: sarah b. | Jan 2, 2006 11:54:12 AM

all socks look good (and promising!!), love to see them all done. especially the knee high. have a great new year.

Posted by: blossom | Jan 2, 2006 12:14:20 PM

If knitting 2 socks on 2 circs (or on the magic loop method) doesn't work for you try just knitting them seperately, but at the same time. I always do this, putting one down after a certain point and catching the other one up, thereby knitting them as similarly as possible, since I haven't forgotten exactly what I did on the 1st sock, which was always happening to me when I used to do one at a time. I know it costs more in needles but it's well worth it. Now, whenever I purchase sock needles I just buy 2 sets.

Posted by: Janet | Jan 2, 2006 1:04:30 PM

All of your socks are so lovely! I've finally tried socks on two circs and I love it. I don't understand why anyone would keep on with dpns, but I know that variety is the spice of life and all that... Anyway, when you knit two socks on two circs, do you need longer circs? Curious.

Posted by: Karma | Jan 2, 2006 1:16:40 PM

HI - Check out my knitting patterns link - I swear by the Knitpicks Pattern (free) for knitting on 2 circs. If you can't find it email me and I will send it to you! I am never going back to 2nd Sock Sydrome!

Posted by: Donyale | Jan 2, 2006 4:52:57 PM

I have a terrible time getting things done and limiting my wips. It's a sickness I swear...

Good luck with all of the socks. I'm sure you can get them done :)

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Heather | Jan 2, 2006 5:18:23 PM

So will you be starting two new socks on those circs? Happy New Year!

Posted by: Mary Beth | Jan 2, 2006 8:11:56 PM

i love all those socks! i am not actually much of a sock knitter myself so i force myself to only have one pair on the go at any one time....only thing is i started this current pain in june. ugghh

Posted by: jacqueline | Jan 3, 2006 4:24:06 AM

See, there's a rule. The rule is that you must cast on the second sock immediately after finishing the first one. "Immediately". Just sayin'. :)

Posted by: claudia | Jan 3, 2006 12:00:53 PM

The Roositud sock is gorgeous. You have to at least finish that one!

I made my New Year's Resolution that I would work on socks at least once a week.

Posted by: liz | Jan 3, 2006 8:03:28 PM

Two words for you, dear: sock race. ;-)

Posted by: Cassie | Jan 4, 2006 10:35:14 AM

I made a pair of socks last year from that Regia India yarn and I love, love, love them.

Posted by: susan | Jan 6, 2006 3:52:54 PM

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