Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Socks For A New Year

Anyone who gets the Broadway reference in my post title - we should be friends, lol. I found myself wondering what I should make as my next project. I recently finished a cute animal (what I called me Post Christmas Gift Making Palette Cleanser, lol), and suddenly the weather actually turned slightly cool. When Craftsy announced their new Free Sock Knit Along Class, I decided it would be a great kick to finally tackle another pair of socks. I've only ever made one pair, and they didn't end up fitting great, so I never wear them. I did learn a lot though, and suddenly the thought of making socks as a social event upped the appeal. I decided to dig in my stash for some appropriate yarn.
I decided to finally use my Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Grape Gatsby that I received in a Soak gift box I bought for a steal on Craftsy a year or so ago. The yarn is 80% Superwash Merino Wool and 20% Nylon, so it is deliciously soft and springy. I held onto this for a long time because I couldn't decide if I should make socks or a shawl, but at the end of the day ... I would probably not wear an almost neon colored shawl, fun though it would be, lol. So socks it shall be!
I started knitting these last Friday night, then I had a kind of dramatic weekend where all I really wanted to do was knit ... so I did...
By Sunday evening, my sock looked like this! I can't believe how fast I knit so much up, especially since I'm not that accustomed to knitting with sock weight yarn. The pattern is the January pattern included with the class - Smocked Guernsey Socks by Lucy Neatby. I love how this yarn is working up with this pattern - the little wrapped "smocked" stitches are nice little pops of color. I've been running around all week since then, but I"m hoping I can keep up the momentum and finish these socks in time to wear them in the cool spell.

I also was thrilled to find out that my socks have been featured on Kollabora this week :) Woo hoo! If you're at all interested in knitting socks, this class would be a great way to try it out. Join me, won't you?

*Craftsy link is an affiliate link, but all opinions about the free class are my own

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