So at the beginning of the year as part of my excitement for sock knitting I decided to join in on a couple of Socky Challenges on Ravelry. One being the Marigolds Loft Sockalong where you choose which pattern to knit and must start and complete the pair in the same moth. The other being the UK Sock Knitters Brit Actor KAL – each month has a theme on British Actors and as long as you cast on in the month you basically have until the end of the month following the relevant quarter to complete.
January started of great, both pairs competed really easily. Jaywalker socks on Marigolds Loft and Smaug for UK Sock Knitters for which the theme was Benedict Cumberbatch.
February I started slipping up, I completed Hermione’s Everyday Socks for Marigolds Loft and although I started Down The Rabbit Hole (Helena Bonham Carter) for UK Sock Knitters I did not complete. In hindsight I should have just used the Hermione’s for both groups since HBC was in some Harry Potter movies.
In March I completed Charade for Marigolds Loft and started Biscottes Sheeps for UK Sock Knitters – I didn’t go with the March actor who was Sean Bean but instead went with the Wild Card for the Quarter – Anthony Hopkins.
In April I finally completed Down The Rabbit Hole, yay! I then started Majesty but was finding the cables too much of a challenge so switched to Snow Queen – I started to accept my limitations here and this sock is for both groups – Helen Mirren for UK Sock Knitters. However, still struggling away with Biscottes Sheeps.
I had another bash at sock 2 for Biscottes Sheeps this morning, however that nagging voice in my head started up… “Sock 1 is far from perfect. Why continue with this, wasting time you could be spending on other projects when you are not entirely happy with the first sock”.
Look at it, you can see that the heel is a lot baggier than the sock as my tension is way off on the colour work. I can get it on my foot but man it’s tight!
So, I have now just frogged Biscottes, I am not happy with my colour work at all, the tension is way off. I will go back and knit these socks one day, but first I am going to get a lot of practice in for colour work. I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
And from now on, one pair of socks per month so I can work on other projects before I get burned out by socks. x