Saturday, January 2, 2010
This is how close I came to completing my 2009 Personal Sock Club on time - I'm halfway through the last sock of the seven pairs I scheduled for the year. And I probably would have completed this last sock except that in a pre-Christmas frenzy I managed to 'tidy away' the 50g ball of Patonyl I needed to finish the project and then forgot where I had put it. But it's been found (hidden amongst the yarn for another project), and I'm now working hard to finish this pair so I can make a start on my 2010 PSC.
The pattern, by the way is Nancy Bush's Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (ravlink) from Knitting Vintage Socks. This pattern has a particularly vintage look to it and as always with Nancy Bush's socks, I like them more and more as I knit them.
And yes, I am going to repeat the whole Personal Sock Club rigmarole in 2010. It's been such a successful undertaking for me in 2009. Until now, I never would have believed I could knit seven and three-quarters pairs of socks in a year - six and three-quarters of them from the PSC and the eighth for a sock swap.
I'm scheduling seven pairs again for 2010 as I think this has become my lucky sock-knitting number. It's also approximately the number of skeins of sock yarn I have. OK, I do have a few more, but I'm ignoring them for the sake of manageability.
From front to back the yarns are
1 Knitabulous sock yarn in Salwar Kameez. This is the first instalment from the Knitabulous yarn club and I intend to knit the original pattern she's designed - 'Shantaram'.
2 Socks That Rock superwash light-weight in Tide Pooling. A birthday gift from jpofoz.
3 Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Ink. A perfect inky blue. I fell in love with Madelinetosh yarns when I knitted my 'Lichen' socks this past year.
4 Malabrigo Sock in Boticelli Red.
5 Madeleinetosh Tosh Sock in Scarlet.
6 Wollmeise Twin in Hortensie - facilitated by a patient knitting friend. If deep blue yarn can be said to glow, this does.
7 Knitabulous Merino Sock in Count Sockular. This has a cunning small skein of grey yarn for accents.
In making this list I've noted a significant increase in the interestingness of the yarns I have in my stash. I think that the PSC had the inadvertent outcome of making me think about and notice sock yarns to a greater extent - and it developed some significant sock yarn envy. I wonder if that will continue this year?
The Knitabulous yarn for Shantaram has priority knitting status and I will cast on for these the instant I finish my present socks. The other yarns will be parceled up in proper PSC fashion and I'll randomly choose one as each delivery date falls due.