Friday, June 22, 2007

Summer of Socks 2007

I've been so busy working on my business that I haven't had a chance to swatch for my Summer of Socks 2007 KAL, which officially started 06.21.2007!!! This knit along was put together by Zarzuela and this is the second year she had put this together. I missed out all the fun last year so when I saw it on her blog that she was doing it again, I jump the gun and joined it immediately.

I think in my entire knitting life (a whopping 3.5 years), I've only knitted one pair of socks. But due to my 'Nilla (Vanilla) liking to have socks as toys, one of the socks had been chewed, thrown around, stretched, slobbered, and licked. So there is only one lonely sock sitting in the sock drawer right now. Luckily, I have a lot of the yarn left and one of the goals for me is knit another one so I have a pair and would be able to wear it again.

Speaking of goals, here is what I have in mind:
  1. Complete my one sock so I will have one full pair of socks.
  2. Learn how to knit socks toe-up with magic cast-on for toe-up socks
  3. Learn how to knit sock with two circulars
  4. Knit the following socks:
Now, I know that's an ambitious list as I am also doing Mystery Stole 3, 2 vests for my dad, a skirt for myself, and possibly more test/sample knitting for Farmhouse Yarns. So we'll see how far I go with this list.

As far as yarn and needles go, these are what I have so far...

My needles and yarn stash...

I know I don't have a lot compare to a lot of you out there for socks, but I do have a lot of yarn for the many scarfs I want to make... That's why I'm busting my butt to get into contest to win me some more sock yarn! YEAH! I already entered my first Weekly Link contest, and I might even attempt to do a design contest if I ever get to it... Although I have never design anything before, but it does sound fun though.

Now, I should probably get going to swatch my first sock for the official Summer of Socks 2007!

Update: I swatched with Regia Color with US2/2.75mm Crystal Palace Bamboo circular. I'm going to do the universal toe-up first. The the cool thing, I was right on the dot with the suggested gauge size from the ball band :) But then I realized I only have one circular that size - DOH! So to fix that, I went here and bought some more needles and sock yarn, enough to make Clessidra :)

First Swatch!!!


anphoe said...

I have heard of Summer of socks 2007, but I didn't join, since I do have quite a lot of unfinished projects. I love Cookie A.'s socks. Hedera and Baudelaire are on my socks list. But next I am going to knit the Monkey socks. Thanks for the link to magic cast-on toe-up socks, I have been wanting to learn to knit toe up sock, it really helps. :D

Jen said...

Hedera's on my list too! I love that a lot of people are using this time to tick off some new techniques, reminding me of course that it's not all about the competition. ;)