Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014: a year in socks

Happy New Year!! I hope it has been treating all of you very well. So far my January has been very inspiring and hopeful. I hope I can make it last! :)

Right now I am knitting Weasley Homestead socks by Erica Lueder:

Heel flaps on Weasley Homestead socks (last time I mistakenly said Weasley Rib...different pattern!) #hpsockkal #iloveagoodsip #operationsockdrawer #burningsockdesire
The yarn is stuff I handdyed with Kool-aid! I am really pleased with how these are knitting up; I wasn't too sure on the color at first, but the colors combined with the pattern.......ooooooh!

Since the new year began, I have finished two objects. yeah!!

Finished! My first pair for the new year (cast on 12/23/13) and my first afterthought heel! I LOVE the heel for those who were curious about it!
Pattern: Afterthought Heels by Laura Linneman
Yarn: String Theory Colorworks Tachyon Self Striping in Helix Nebula
Needles: Magic loop on 2.25 mm 40" cable
Cast on: December 23, 2013

Learning to make an afterthought heel has been in my to do list for quite some time. I love when all the stripes line up. And these were soooo easy to do! Very eye-pleasing with not a lot of effort :)

My second FO is currently blocking; it is a Great Divide shawl. I started it in September 2013, so it feels awesome having it completed. I will take photos as soon as possible!! I already know I love it. I knit it with Madeline Tosh dk...... ♥ ♥ ♥

Have you heard about the Knitting Resolutions KAL that My Sister's Knitter is hosting??

via My Sister's Knitter

Firstly, these are the best KALs I've ever participated in. Andi is an awesome host, and the Ravelry group is full of the most supportive crafters :) and secondly, all of the KALs have been very inspiring!

so, my goals:

1. Knit 13 pairs of socks
2. Knit up more stashed yarn, including handspun!
3. Learn to Navajo ply
4. Buy a darning egg and fix that white pair of socks
5. Organize craft room
6. Frog Rockefeller, reskein and wash yarn ... I will never wear this shawl
7. Knit mom an afghan
8. Knit dad a pair of socks
9. Finish WIPs, I think I have about four
10. Read 50 books

there are several more, but they are pretty unrelated to this blog so I won't mention them :)

To help knit thirteen pairs of socks, I spent my morning organizing and going through both my Ravelry library and queue, combing patterns I have been dying to knit. I really want to knit new patterns this year. There is nothing wrong with Hermione's Everyday socks, but they are my go to pattern when I don't know what to knit, and I would like more variety!! hehe :)

I created a 2014 tab in my queue with eleven sock patterns (ideally one per month!):

January: is my current WIP, Weasley Homestead
February: True Love

Devil's Snare Socks
Waving Lace Socks
Merripog Socks
Boo! Toe-Up Socks
"Little Pumpkins" Socks
On-Hold Socks
AfterThought Heel Socks


  1. love the koolaid dyed socks! the pattern & color really came together!!! your list is so organized...i'm a little envious~
    hope you had a great weekend jesse~



    1. Thank you, Katie! It was so much fun dyeing the yarn...I really want to dye some again! hehe well, I've already changed one pattern haha!

      Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  2. I love that project bag! And of course the socks.

    You are so organised! I haven't even figured out what I'm going to do this year let alone finished two objects.

    Cheers to 2014 - the year of the socks!

    1. Thank you! They are really fun socks to knit :)

      Lists and writing things down like this really help me! I feel so much less scattered now. I can't wait to see what you create this year, Beks!

  3. How do you like the afterthought heel compared to the short row? The striping are full of Christmas cheer and remind me of elves. I love your dyed yarn. The Koolaid colors are so cool. I gotta try that. The pattern name made me smile.

    1. Hmm...they both fit very well for me. This will sound silly, but I don't like knitting the heels on toe up socks, but love them on cuff down. So if I were to knit a toe up pair (of self-striping) I would definitely use an afterthought heel!

      You definitely need to try Kool aid dyeing, Stefanie!! It is so much fun!

  4. wow wow! you are amazing! your socks are gorgeous and look at your goals! go jesse! (i love that speckled yarn so much!)

    1. Thank you so much, Lori!! Those speckled ones are my favorites too!

  5. Everything about this post makes me happy! Your sock knitting is incredible. You have excellent taste in sock yarn, love.


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