Sunday, June 30, 2013

Year of Projects 3 - YES THREE!




SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalia • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots

Wrapping up Year 2: I started out intending to knit every pattern from the book Folk Knitting In Estonia. Turns out I don't enjoy Estonian folk knitting that much. I don't have need of any more pairs of mittens, and if I ever knit another pair of full-fingered gloves again, it'll be too soon. After knitting 7/27 patterns I put the book aside.

In December I switched my project book to Knitting Vintage Socks and things were back on track. To this point I've knit 11/20 patterns in the book, with a twelfth pattern currently on needles awaiting more yarn. Once they're done, I'll be putting this book aside as well. I simply am not interested in the remaining eight patterns - bed socks, knee high cuffed men's socks, baby bootikins or even the useful stockings which Nancy Bush admits "suits those who do reenactments or belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism". Seriously?!

Embarking on Year 3: Socks! In the introduction to her book Socktopus, designer Alice Yu exclaims "I am a Sock Addict. I love knitting them, ...wearing them, gifting them, receiving them." Me too! The book includes seventeen patterns with a huge variety of fun and interesting socks. At the same time I signed up for a Ravelry KAL for all the patterns in the book. The KAL will dictate the order I knit them in, and will (hopefully) help to keep me on track. It's going to be a good year I think!

The Year of Projects is organized through a Ravelry Group called "Come Blog-a-long" ... we blog our way through a Year of Projects. Our project year runs from July 2013 to the end of June 2014. Members construct a list of projects they want to complete through the year, and post their progress on Sundays. Although I choose a book (or two) each year, others start out with patterns in their queues, or lists for Christmas and birthday gifts, or whatsoever. You're welcome to join us!


17 comments:

mysparemoments.com said...

You had another good year on socks and I really enjoyed when you switched over to the Vintage book because I have this one so I know from looking at your socks what I like the look of so a huge big thanks for that. I've not seen your new sock book but am going off in a moment to investigage it lol. Looking forward to really seeing what this one turns out from you and hopefully I'll be joining you on the sock making front for another year.

Renee Anne said...

I've thought about taking one of my books and just working through it...but I'm so non-monogamous with my knitting that I don't know if I could do that. I love the idea, though :)

aknitwithacake said...

Would like to make my way through a book myself but think I would get sidetracked. Am sticking to a list of different projects this year - might make the transition to a book next year. I am looking forward to seeing all of your socks ;)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I have the book, but did not join the KAL..maybe...but I have so many unfinished socks as is...

Chrisknits said...

I thought about doing it, but all the posting and participation on Ravelry just made me rethink. I don't spend much time there and don't want to have to be checking in and sucking up time. I waste it quite well all on my own. LOL! But I may play along on my blog, just to track my own progress. Goodness knows my queue is long enough for a year!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

There are some very cute patterns in Soctopus. I'll be taking part in a couple of the KALs.

Oh - and it gives you a chance to win Wandering Cat Yarn too!

Sam I Am...... said...

You are so funny! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has big plans and then gets tired of the plans or is disappointed in them. Good for you to "let yourself off the self-imposed hook"!
I like the book idea...and I too LOVE socks but not like Ruth...26 pair in a year? I can't seem to find that much time to knit but I'm also slow too...that might have something to do with it! LOL!
What group is doing Socktopus? Are they just starting it? I shouldn't commit to anything this year as I'm hoping to move but I love the "starting and planning" parts so much! LOL!
I look forward to sharing another YOP year with you.

Dee said...

Sounds like there will be plenty of socks for you at the end of the KAL.

I have that book, but I haven't knit anything from it yet.

Kepanie said...

Hooray! More socks from you!

Kim said...

Glad you are back too! Your new book sounds rather exciting and the cover of it just projects "fun"! Your work is always amazing and I am looking forward to a new year of socks from you.
*smiles*

Sarah Ronchetti said...

Can't wait to see your new year of projects popping up!

goodpurlgonebad said...

My word! Perhaps I should roll my whole year over and join up too! Looking forward to seeing the results :)

Caffeine Girl said...

I love the idea of knitting your way through a book -- especially since you give yourself permission to call it quits when you've knit all the patterns you're interested in!

Katelyn Conroy said...

Some of the socks in that book look so impressive! One of these days I'll have to try my hand at knitting, I'm a sock addict too. One year for Christmas the *only* things I got were socks!

Emma (GirlAnachronismE) said...

It looks like youve done so much this year, and I think you made a very good choice not to knit the remaining socks! I look forward to seeing some more of your awe inspiring sock knitting this year.

katie metzroth said...

I have that book and look forward to seeing what you knit from it!

Carolina22 said...

Great to see you back too! Looking forward to following your progress :)