Friday, 2 January 2015

my year of socks - December

This is my last sock pattern of 2014! I enjoyed the year of socks project but I am glad I can now focus on something else, there are quite a projects in my Ravelry queue and I look forward to a new knitting challenge or two.


I fell in love with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn and for the fourth month running I have used a skein of this yarn for my socks. It is a bright deep green with the name 'shady verdant'. It is semi-solid, which I like more than solid colours.


I really liked my Ensign's braid sock back in March and enough time had passed to forget the tediousness of a complex cable pattern, so I went ahead and looked for another cable. I set eyes on a Celtic cable and although it is wide, it is not too wide for a sock. I found the pattern for the Celtic cable in my trusted stitch library, which I have used a few times this year.


Although there are more crossing overs for the Celtic cable than there were for the Ensign's braid, I found it less tiresome to knit. I was quite worried about life last March due to my unemployment and my thoughts kept wandering off, with a disastrous effect on the braid knitting. By December I was working again (albeit in a temporary position) and life seemed more cheerful. I knitted these socks up in no time at all and I am pleased with the result. It was difficult to get a good photo of the braid, and I had to settle for one where the colour is no true. I just love the way the braid bands weave in and out and around each other, don't you?






So, what do you think? Do you like the last of my 12 socks? I certainly do. I was thinking of giving this pair away but I have changed my mind. I love the colour just too much.  
As always, the pattern can be found on the sock pattern page. Also, if you want to find out why I am designing sock patterns you should read this post.
 
I have quite a lot of leftover sock yarn and will make a blanket with it. It is a long term project because I don't quite have enough yarn. If you have any sock yarn remnants that are not enough for a whole project and would like to donate it, I would make good use of it. Please let me know!

I hope the new year has started ok for everybody. I undecorated the house today, with the exception of the star fairy lights in the window. The living room feels large once more and it is nice not to step on needles, or find chewed up tree decorations. Jack by the way has been a very good puppy and only chewed a few crochet baubles and 3 small clip on birds. The tree remained standing for the duration. We continue to be lazy but we managed to round everybody up today to go for a walk together. Just two more days of the holiday left now...
 
Have a lovely weekend. Cx

19 comments:

  1. Absolutely love that colour green. And those shoes, which I think I've mentioned before :-)
    I'm undecorating the house this weekend; a very enjoyable activity, as I think the living room always looks fresh and spacious afterwards. All of us start school again Monday and I'm actually looking forward to getting back into a routine. xxx

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  2. Well done on completing your project! I love the colour of this pair!

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  3. Beautiful socks - but I'm afraid I'm in love with the shoes! Wishing you a lovely 2015 x Jane

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  4. What lovely socks! I love a good cable and that's a vey nice one indeed! xx

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  5. They are beautiful Christina. I can't imagine making something so complicated - maybe in a couple of years! The mossy green is a lovely color. What a feeling of accomplishment you must have seeing all of those pretty pairs of socks in your drawer.

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  6. The socks are a real delight I love the colour and the pattern. I intend to undecorated over the weekend. Happy new year to you, wishing you everything you wish for yourself.

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  7. Gorgeous socks! I took down most of the decorations today although have left the tree up for one more night. I love the way the house seems so tidy after the Christmas decorations come down.

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  8. First of all your socks are so beautiful, the pattern is gorgeous especially with that color yarn. A blanket made from sock yarn, you are ambitious! Love that you are getting a rest.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Love those socks! We are taking down all our decorations and the tree this weekend, then I'll give the house a good clean and go and buy some white tulips hyacinths to tell myself Spring will come soon...! X

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  10. Those socks are GORGEOUS! And the shoes are too cute too!!! I wish I knew how to knit, someone tried to teach me 23 years ago, and it was a big fail. But If I would have kept practicing, I bet I would have gotten it. But you... you have serious talent! I'm very envious!
    Happy New Year my friend!
    Much love,
    Tammy

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  11. oh my those cables. so lovely. so complicated.

    happy weekending x

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  12. I love your newly made socks. The colour is gorgeous!
    I know someone else who likes knitting socks too - Helen of 3blossomtrees.blogspot
    Have a great weekend! x

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  13. They are such a wonderful colour exactly what I am looking for, I really want to knit myself a pair of green socks! I love the cable pattern it really works, I guess it is comfy to wear I have always found cable a bit 'bumpy'. If you email me your address I have lots of sock ends you can have, all variegated colours they are yours if you want them :)

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  14. I have so enjoyed seeing all of your different socks! As I am sure I have told you before I am in awe of sock knitters and to produce these wonderful socks this month really has be bowled over! I love the cable, that is stunning and looks so good on the socks! I love those shoes too! I hope that you enjoy your blanket making! xx

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  15. Really love the green and the cable pattern. I had intended to remove the Christmas decorations today but as our house is a house of colds and flu it is all still there. It will have to be the sign of recovery!

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  16. That green is gorgeous, verdant indeed. Yes, holidays are nearly over, not looking forward to having to get up early on Monday... Xx

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  17. I'm very impressed that you have stuck with your Year of Socks all the way through. I love the Celtic cable on these socks. I don't blame you for wanting to keep them for yourself!

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  18. I love that colour. 'Verdant' has to be one of my favourite words, and green is one of my favourite colours. That shade reminds me of new shoots coming up through the ground.
    I could only dream of knitting something so complicated...
    S x

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  19. The socks look great - I love that colour. I have also undecorated and everything seems a bit bare. But it will pass (and before we know it, it will be time to decorate again). I knit a hot water bottle cover with what looks like the same Celtic cable as your socks.

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