Before we get started on Socktastic Business, I have to post some more Summer Happiness, ooooh my goodness we are right in the middle of Summer and it is amaaaaazing!
Today is Saturday which meant another trip to another stunning beach, (I know right? Life sucks) this time in the opposite direction to Waipu Cove, we headed about 30kms North to Whangaumu Bay and wowee, it was gorgeous. Beautiful golden sand, crystal clear water, it did not disappoint.
No matter how far we swam out we could still see the bottom, it was breathtaking. FYI- a few people mentioned about the beach in my last post being deserted… don’t be fooled, I think people ruin photographs so cunningly snap away during breaks of people traffic or crop them out to enjoy the beach au naturel! It is the height of the tourist season right now, these beaches are well populated.
So onto socky business… because nothing is more useful than socks in the middle of Summer right?! One of my 2012 resolutions was to limit myself to 12 pairs of socks, one for each month. I had to limit myself as I get stuck in socky ruts and I think I knitted 17 pairs between March and December last year. I love socks, love them sooooooo much.
But without further ado, let me ta-da my January Socks!
Did you spot something a little odd?
It’s not like me to knit one sock and immediately start another pair and end up with a bag of odd socks, not like some knitters I know and love (yes Allie!) but somehow, at the beginning of 2012 I had two odd socks on my hands and the little anal retentive voice in my head that keeps me knitting that second sock right through my pain and boredom thesholds started niggling. So my January sock challenge was to knit the second sock from each pair. I was to finish both pairs, not knit a new pair and finish both pairs because that would bump my 2012 sock tally to 13 pairs. Against my sock rules for the year.
Sock number one, or two depending on how you look at it, flew off my needles, FLEW! I could not believe it. The Yarn Harlot says that when you go away, no matter how short the trip is, you should take multiple projects. I thought on January 1st, when KB and I visited KB’s brother and family an hours drive away for ONE NIGHT that I would be safe taking a sock, that there would be no way I would finish it by the next day when we returned home… how wrong I was… I had finished the bloody sock by that night and had nothing to knit the next morning at breakfast. I got mildly twitchy and KB reminded me (with a bit of a superior tone to her voice) that I should never ignore the Yarn Harlot’s wisdom and next time we go away to take at least three projects.
Do you recognise the sock yarn? I dyed it months ago and finally knit it and am thrilled with the greeny goodness. I find it really hard to find nice green yarn, nice bright grass green, but have experimented with dyeing my own and have found that mixing emerald with yellow makes the best green ever.
So that was pair number one.
The second sock of the second socks was a different story. These ones did not fly off the needles at all! I started these allllll the way back in October and they have been sitting on my Ravelry projects page since then as a WIP. It was an amazing feeling to change that status to finished today! My ripple blanket has been on hold this week, not a ripple added in order for me to dedicate my full attention to my sock.
I had a bit of a kitchener accident on that second one, the eagle eyed kitchener people might notice… somehow I ended up with twice the amount of stitches on the front needle as I had on the back… too close to the end, I just sewed up the holes and that was that.
My February socks are going to be soooooooooooo much fun to knit, I’ve planned a totally different and exciting pair, the yarn is on the kitchen table tempting me terribly. What is it about socks? So many of us fall under the spell of sock knitting, once we start we can’t stop. I get heaps of people wanting to buy my socks, my answer is nooooooooooooooooo freaking way. 20 hours of my life is priceless and socks are my ultimate gift of love to the people I care about most in the world, I’m sure many of you out there agree.
I’ve noticed lots of new sock knitters posting about their gorgeous socks lately, shall we have a sock hop? Leave a comment with a link to your blog post or ravelry page so we can hop around and share some socky love, I’d love to see what you’re making too!
I’m off to distract myself from casting on my Febuary socks…
have a greak weekend,
love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX