New year, new goals, new socks

Happy 2012 to everyone! My New Year’s Eve was pretty anticlimactic. Laura came over, we poured some drinks, wound some yarn, and knit while watching Romancing the Stone until another friend came over and we chatted. I definitely fell asleep before midnight. Go me!

I’ve already started on a new project to finish soon—a couple of Hitchhikers to knit as belated birthday gifts for a couple of friends. It’s a nice, relatively mindless garter stitch pattern, and is doing some fun striping in the colorway I am using first. I had planned this project a few weeks ago, so here’s to my first project off the queue, using stash yarn!

As you know, last year I decided to knit 12 pairs of socks. And while that didn’t end up happening, I did finish the socks for December, but didn’t have a chance to post about them until now.

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December’s pattern, Wishbone Socks, was originally January’s pattern, but I ran into some yarn problems (in the form of giant tangles). I started these socks on December 21, and knit most of them when I wasn’t reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or tearing my way through the Stephanie Plum novels. I just finished Hot Six last night, and I’m trying to pace myself—my mom loaned me books five through eight, with the promise of sending the others in the mail, but they won’t arrive until the end of the week. Anyway, socks.

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I wasn’t sure how I felt about this yarn while I was knitting it. A wool-nylon blend, it felt a little scratchier than most other sock yarns, but I have to say it was pretty comfortable for wearing. As for the pattern, I really don’t recommend using the pattern as written if you’re new to sock knitting. It is a free pattern, and a pretty easy to follow pattern if you know what you’re doing, but there are some vagaries and no chart key (it’s an easy chart, worked over 4 rows, but again, if you’re new to chart-reading, it may not be the best project for you).

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These socks are knit toe up, and I really can’t stand fiddling with a Turkish cast on, or even Judy’s magical one, but I love knitting short-row toes. And then I’m wacky and don’t really like knitting short-row heels, so I made up a gusseted heel thing (I’m sure I’m not the first, and I got the idea from looking at other toe-up heels, so I’m not going to go into detail). Ashley pointed out Wendy Johnson’s toe-up heel flap technique, so I’m going to try that out on my next pair of toe-up socks, which may happen sooner rather than later, as I have some awesome pink and deep purple self-striping yarn to make as-high-as-they’ll-go socks.

For now, though, I’m going to sit back with my garter stitch scarflet.