Or at least, I'm letting that be my excuse for not posting. Since October.
It's the zombies. I never get a minute's peace.
Anyway, since last post, I've done Sock Madness 2, which was tons of fun. And, in the wake of that, I decided that since I obviously don't have enough to do, I needed to add some more knitting tasks to my life.
So, I've signed up for both Summer of Socks 2008 and the 52 Pair Plunge II. Summer of Socks just commits me to knitting socks over the summer. The 52 Pair Plunge means I'm going to try to knit 52 pairs of socks in a year. Ouch.
So, shall I show you what I've done so far?
This is the first pair for the 52PP. The fun part of that is, one can count socks that were started before the start date of June 1, 2008, as long as they are finished between June 1 2008 and May 31 2009. So, these socks were knit for my swap partner in the Loopy Ewe Swap.
The pattern is Swirls by Monica Jines, from the Loopy Ewe Sock Club March 2008 kit. The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy, Midnight Derby.
Here we have pair #2 for the 52PP. The pattern is Something's Shady by Corey Laflamme, and it was one of the lovely patterns we had for Sock Madness 2. It's knit up in Crystal Palace Panda Cotton, a bamboo/cotton/elastic blend, which is useful when you have siblings who can't wear wool (Hey, jrzygrrl, I'm talking to you). They were a birthday present for my sister, and they were only 4 months late.
Now, pair #3 for the 52PP also counts as pair #1 for SOS08. These are Pomatomus, by Cookie A. from Knitty, the fantastic online knitting magazine. It's at www.knitty.com, and if you haven't yet checked it out, you really should. Amazing patterns, great articles, just tons of fibery goodness. And the yarn here is Fiber Optic Foot Notes, in the Summertime colorway. This is a new yarn put out by Kimber Baldwin Designs, and oh my word, it is yummy. Check out her etsy shop, I've finally figured out how to add buttons & there's one in the sidebar. (Thanks, barefootchick, for the picture & helpful directions!)
Minor Disclaimer: Kimber is in the Tuesday night knit group I've been going to for years, and in addition to being an awesome designer and dyer, she is also a great friend. So I am perhaps not entirely unbiased on the topic of her yarn. However, she has some of the most amazing color combinations I've seen, and her yarn doesn't pool. Gotta love that. And her sock yarn is a superwash merino/nylon blend. Just a joy to knit with!
And here we have pair #4 for the 52PP, and #2 for SOS08. These are Spring Forward, by Linda Welch, and they're another pattern from Knitty. And the yarn here is Fiber Optic Foot Notes, in Over The Rainbow. I am in love with these colors. I am probably going to give the Pomatomus socks away to one of my sisters or a friend, but these socks are mine.
So now I'm knitting a pair of plain vanilla socks in Swizzle by Reynolds, and a pair of Monkey Socks (another pattern by Cookie A. also from, you guessed it, Knitty) in Yarn Pirate Merino Tencel in the I Want Candy colorway. Plus a couple of other pair that I hope to finish up sooner rather than later.
I'm thinking I'm going to be knitting a few pairs of baby socks later on this year, or I will never get 52 pairs done by next May. It's sure not excessive blog posting that's slowing me down...