I am a wife, the mother of four grown sons, and nana to five grandchildren. I work part-time as a librarian/ archivist at a university library. I enjoy knitting socks, hats, mittens and other items for charity, reading, hand quilting, growing old-fashioned flowers, and bird watching.
The January pattern is up. Here is a link so that you can see what it looks like but as this is a purchased pattern you can't actually get the pattern unless you paid for it or were lucky enough to get them all free for a short period in December. I haven't picked out my yarn for these yet. (I didn't put my yarns in bags like many of the other participants.)
The pattern designer stated "Whether you are a comic book fan or just like hanging out at The Hornet on Broadway in Denver, these socks are a quick knit will subtle texture" and I am neither. However, I did earn my Master’s in Library Science Degree from Emporia State University in Kansas and their mascot is The Hornet. An auspicious beginning to this KAL!
The color I'd originally chosen didn't work. The sock was also too big, but then the designer offered it in small and that looked like it would work much better. I frogged what I had and began again in a different color making the small sized version. Here's a photo of the yarn. The colorway is Kingfinger and it's from Lola Doodles on Etsy.
I finished the Winter Solstice socks, but it's too dark to take a photo. What irony! I will post tomorrow with a photo and all particulars.
I thought I'd just take a break for a day and wait for the Knit from Stash Sock KAL to start on December 31st, but I just couldn't do it. I decided to start a simple sock pattern, using one of my self-striping yarns. I dug around in my yarn bin and pulled out Blue Moon by Stray Cat Yarns. A plain vanilla pattern is just too boring, but I found a nice variation on Ravelry--on the first round of each color change, slip every third stitch.
That just didn't work for me. Plain vanilla it is.
As I cast on I thought wouldn't it fun to listen to Blue Moon by The Marcels as I knit? I found it on YouTube, here.
I haven't quite finished my January socks, but I'm already planning ahead to my February ones. I have divided them into three types:
1. Insomnia Socks. This is a series I began a few years ago and will continue. (See here and here and here). I knit them when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. They are mostly stockinette stitch--I need something that will lull me back to sleep, not get me agitated or upset because I've messed up the pattern--and a bright, self-patterning yarn. 2. Just-a-Bit Socks. These are the socks I work on when I have just a bit of time--sitting in the passenger seat when John is driving us to town to shop and do errands, while waiting for the kettle to boil for tea, sitting in a doctor or dentist waiting room, a few rounds during my lunch break at work. These socks require a pattern that is easy to memorize. 3. Challenge Socks. They don't have to be extremely challenging; knitting, after all, is supposed to be FUN! But it's good to have something with a little bit of a challenge--lace or cables maybe, which requires me to keep track on a chart. I knit these when I have an hour or two in the evenings, sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea (which often turns cold), listening to Bach or the Gee's Bend gospel singers or an audio-book.
And I do love listening to audio-books as I knit. These are some titles I have lined up:
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler All Dressed in White by Tami Hoag and Alafair Burke
I still haven't chosen the yarns or the patterns or the names for my February socks, but I will soon and you'll be among the first to know!