My review of the year starts with the thing I knit most, socks!
Here are the 18 pairs for the year - 5 more than last year and 9 pairs for me! I now have so many pairs of hand knitted socks that they don't fit in the drawer.
1. Christmas Stocking, 2. Honeybee Socks, 3. Express Lane Socks, 4. Show-Off Stranded Socks, 5. Horcrux Socks, 6. Baby Socks, 7. Haystacks Socks, 8. Fruit Pastel Socks, 9. Summer Chevron Socks, 10. stashbuster spiral 001, 11. speedway 008, 12. cranford 002, 13. Embossed Leaves, 14. spiral socks 001, 15. whitby 007, 16. Monkey 013, 17. gentleman sock evening wear 005, 18. lichen_rib 001
It is hard to pick a favourite, I love the embossed leaves pattern, perfect for my green yarn. Whitby are the most snuggly, but not really a practical choice of sock yarn, but really good bed socks. Honeybee, which I gifted to my Socktopus Secret Santa pal were probably the most interesting to knit. The Malabrigo yarn was just divine.
I also still have my Kilt Hose to finish - I WILL cast on number two soon. This was meant to be a Christmas present - for last Christmas, ooops. Sorry Kerry!
I've finally frogged my Koigu Pomatomus as there were too many mistakes and I will be frogging my Harika socks - but I do plan on making these when I find a better contrast yarn.
Finally, do you remember what my sock yarn stash looked like last year?
I reckoned I could knit 77 pairs.
Well this year I have added this little lot to it (plus a few more)... of which only 3 skeins have been knitted.
However, I did have a bit of a clear out earlier in the year, swapping and selling quite a lot. My Ravelry counter, which is more or less accurate, tells me I have 48 balls of sock yarn - compared with 54 last January. However that is still far more than I can knit in a year.
So, what are my sock knitting plans for next year?
First up is a pair for my dad's 60th at the end of January. I'm going to use this (fairly boring) Regia. Not sure on a pattern yet. Probably a simple rib, using the channel island cast on I learnt from Lucy Neatby.
Second, I wound this gorgeous Hazel Knits into a ball last night
In preparation to cast on for Oolong from the Twist Collective
I also have my Socktopus Sock Club parcels to look forward to, with the first one arriving in January. Now who thinks I can knit socks solely from my stash next year?