Sunday, November 4, 2018

Year of Project 8: Week 19

I've had lots to say about how little I'm enjoying knitting Feny Socks...

... I don't love working a long provisional cast on
... I don't love knitting flat
... I don't love reading charts back and forth rather than in the round
... I don't love that much purling
... I don't love long stretches of colour work
... I don't love grafting long seams
... I don't love picking up stitches from patterned side edges
... I don't love knitting on circular needles
... I don't love cutting yarn and restarting at a different spot over and over again
... I don't love investing that much time and effort without being able to test the fit of the sock


So I will finish both socks, as painful as that may be. Admittedly I procrastinated throughout sock one but now I'm re-energized and hope to get the pair done in the next couple of weeks.

I had originally planned to knit the first sock with brown as the MC and blue as the CC, then knit sock two with the colours reversed. That way, I reasoned, I have the same amount of each colour left over to do Double Heelix Socks. Instead Gavin is laying claim to these socks, and he does NOT want opposite socks, so matching socks they will be. I'll just have to see if I have anything else in stash that will work for Double Heelix.

Last week I also cast on Bill Huggins Socks, but after working one repeat of the woven pattern at the top of the leg I decided that I wasn't loving the pattern so that's been ripped out  and the pattern removed from my list.

This morning I opened another paper bag to reveal my November Paper Bag Project - it's Songbird Yarn & Fibres Sock in Ruby Throated Hummingbird for Diamondback Socks. I won't cast on at least until I've finished my Feny Socks. I still have to finish my Nain socks too but there's no deadline for those!

2018 Paper Bag Project - November and December

      Twisted Flower Socks - using Hikoo CoBaSi yarn in Egyptian Blue
      Diamondback Socks - using Songbird Fibers Sock in Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Full Skeins from stash

      Somewhere Socks - using Mountain Colour mini set
      Pairfect Socks - using Regia Pairfect
      Mood - using unknown variegated blue yarn
      Kazak - using unknown tonal purple yarn
      Harris Tweed Socks - using Wollemeise self-striping green/gold/red yarn

    Large (more than 50 grams) and Small (less than 50 grams) scraps from stash

          Salor - in various tan, orange and brown small scraps
          Vanilla Bean Striped Socks - in various colourful small scraps
          Squircle Socks  -  in various colourful scraps plus something neutral from large scraps
          Escape Reality Socks - in various colourful scraps plus something neutral from large scraps
          Bill Huggins - in various scraps
          Mosaic Marbles socks - using Langwoll Magic Dégradé scraps with black (or white)
          Checkbox Socks - using large scraps
          Hearty Stripey Socks - using various scraps
          Double Heelix Socks - using leftovers from Feny Socks
          Jelly Rolls - using all the leftover Stretch Bamboo in various colours


    Leftycrafter said...

    Feny is gorgeous. Knitting a sock flat is NOT on my bucket list! And all that cutting of yarn for the color work......nope not my idea of fun either. Yet, the are quite beautiful and your hubby has great taste. The diamond back socks will be great. Can't wait to see how your colors work.

    HighlandHeffalump said...

    The socks are such an interesting pattern, you’ll deserve a medal when the pair are finished 🙂

    Domics Pinnwand said...

    Yery pretty, that checkered sock! Very brave to work through it although it contains so many elements you do not like. But it will definitely be worth it!

    Wanderingcatstudio said...

    After all that work, I'm glad the socks are going to fit in the end!

    Ruth (the-habitual-creative) said...

    I am really so glad they fit and have re-energised you to finish the first and second sock because that really is a lot of hates for one pair of sock. I take my hat off to you though Lynn for sticking with them, I for one would have frogged them.

    Becki said...

    Wow, that Feny sock is gorgeous. I admire your stick-to-it-iveness, and I think they will make a wonderful pair. I can imagine they will be fun for hubby to wear.

    Breathing Life said...

    Oh my those socks are GORGEOUS. I am glad you got past your dislikes to keep going. Well worth it!

    Lucy Bowen said...

    Oh my word - those are gorgeous! I'm so glad you stuck at it and are now nearing the end.

    Kat @ felinityknits said...

    Oh my gosh, I don't know if I would have the patience to knit that kind of sock construction, but they definitely look absolutely stunning.

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

    They are gorgeous but when the sock guru says they were 'difficult' and not very enjoyable that is a big red stop sign to me! LOL! I love knitting socks but at my age I have enough challenges! LOL! You are really great at knitting socks and probably anything. I truly admire everything you create!
    I LOVE that hummingbird yarn....beautiful. I can't wait to see how that knits up!
    Have a great week!

    Stefanie said...

    I liked your I do not...list. Your sock is amazing! What results you are getting.

    Library Kathy said...

    Your socks are works of art! I can just about knit plain socks. I’m so happy I found your blog.