What finally motivated me to get the second sock done? I have another pattern I want to cast on, and I need the needles!  Can’t wait to wear these, though, they feel so soft on the feet.

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I’m going to slowly work my way through the socks in Cookie A’s new book, knit.sock.love. Hedera is the first design featured in the book, and I had a skein of Wollmeise 80/20 in Mistelzwieg  already wound and ready to knit. I have finished the first sock. It was a simple knit, and the fit is  wonderful. I have finally learned to knit the heel flap longer so that the sock doesn’t stretch so much over my high instep. I also cast on 70 stitches, which is more than my usual 58-66. Since I use 00 needles (1.75 mm), I get a good tight gauge that will hopefully translate to a pair of socks that will last through a lot of wear.

It’s been awhile since I made any flowers for my garden. When I stitched this one I realized that I now have to get progressive lenses for my glasses. I can’t whipstitch hexies together right now, so I have switched to hand piecing with a running stitch instead. We’ll see what happens when I get new glasses. I really love these fabrics, and had great fun putting this week’s flower together.

Just received my swap package from Jeanne in Minnesota. Didn’t she spoil me?

There’s a Ravelry group called Year of Stash Socks, dedicated to using up some of the yarn in our personal collections instead of buying more. The group moderators choose new patterns each month, and everyone posts photos of their finished socks.

One of the choices for January was a worsted-weight sock called St. Brigid’s Carnamoyle. I had some Dream in Color Classy leftover from another project, so I knit a pair. Instead of knitting the original seed stitch pattern over the foot, I carried the cable pattern all the way to the toes. The  colourway is Chinatown Apple.

For February, the moderators have chosen mittens, or a plain stockinette sock. I think I’ll do a plain sock in a bright multicoloured yarn.

Wishing you a holiday full of family, friends, good food, and happiness.

I received the latest club shipment on Tuesday, but was deep in last-minute quilt group projects and couldn’t grab a photo until this morning. The yarn has been customized for each package. My skein (100% cashmere, ooooohh soft) has a lovely dusty pink blended with the grey/black. Other members received blue or green, and there are probably other combos out there that I haven’t seen. This pink suits me perfectly, and I can’t wait to knit it up.

I’ve had crazy startitis over these past couple of weeks. I think it started when my husband had to travel for work and was gone for a week. I started a bunch of new knitting projects, so now I have on the needles: 2 different socks, 1 secret knitting swap project, a chevron scarf, and as soon as my cotton yarn arrives I will be casting on for a blanket. Wacky! I also want to make at least 3 quilts over the holidays. Yeah.