January begs for some time management and serious planning. My resolutions never take me further than two weeks (it is almost two weeks already!) into the New Year, but still, they are so fun to make and it is so fun to plan various things, that I cannot help myself, but am setting some kind of goals.
I was poking around Ravelry trying to find interesting KALs or CALs and I found this (Ravelry link) year long KAL, where you pack 12 skeins of sock yarn into different bags (preferably into something you cannot see through) and each month you pick randomly one bag and make something out of that skein during the month. The group is called "My personal Sock Yarn Club 2016" and hopefully I can stay focused and am able to knit those 12 socks. I have my KAL sorted out but would like to have some kind of goals in crochet too. If you know any interesting crochet-alongs, please tell me in the comments.
My personal sock club twist is that into some bags I added odds and ends from previous socks. Also I hope to knit according to my own plans, am not going to follow any patterns and most socks will probably end up using my plain vanilla recipe (which at the moment seems to be one with longer cuffs). I packed my yarns into the bags, made 16 bags altogether, did not have any plan in mind; noticed in the end that there were 16. I am afraid that I might remember contents of some of the bags (the ones I am not so keen to use or the ones I love...), so am asking someone else to pick me the bag each month. I had my daughter pick me this yesterday.
There were two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (in my stash for maybe close to 10 years) and one cake of pure Merino (Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, Supersock??). This is a lot of green and green is one of the colors that I find sometimes hard to work with, and here are two shades that I find very difficult. I am not sure that it was a good idea to combine the two and I have been thinking of something else to mix with these all the time I have been knitting this. I have not been able to come up with a good idea (some lilac? pink? light grey?) and I suppose, out of that color frustration, I had to play with the heel...
All the yarns I picked were these smooth fingering or dk weights with some nylon in them but since I would love to make more stranded knitting this year, I was thinking about the nylon factor in yarns and came across this article. It was published in Wovember and I think I need to broaden my sock yarn collection, or need to think more creatively about sock yarns in the coming months.
At the moment I have three pairs of socks on the needles; the other two being:
these red striped ones, the second one started and the ribbing almost done... (Regia Nuance Color and Austerman Solid) and
these fascinating Squircles by General Hogbuffer (Ravelry link) out of Regia Pairfect.
This is one of my goals for the coming year. I am thinking of other ones too, but I have not made up my mind yet.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and for welcoming the new little family member. His name will most likely be Väinö, although I need to see him in person to be absolutely sure about this. Earlier I always thought that our new kitten would be called Topi, but the moment I saw this little face, I knew he could not be called Topi and somehow this little sweet face looked more like Väinö to me. "Affectionate, loyal, funny, active..." I just love those adjectives associated with the Burmese... and "You may have a philosopher cat on your hands", sounds just so ... heartwarming. Thank you xx.
Hope you have a good week. Ours up here is going to be cold, it is -24 °C today and it will stay this way for most of the week. I am going to be pottering around the house, keeping the fires going, making occasional short walks outside and knitting.
I have this card (link to the shop) on my fridge door... It says, "May your Monday be short and coffee strong!" In case some of you need this encouragement today.
Wool with you