I’m about to share with you my biggest knitting accomplishment to date… no big deal. It’s 3 days until Christmas and instead of wrapping gifts or actually shopping for the few presents I still need to buy, I decided to finish my December socks while watching The Innocent Man on Netflix (have you seen it? So good!) this morning. #noregrets.
Last time I shared about my Box o’ Sox, I had just completed my pair for May. So we have some catching up to do! But first, a quick synopsis of the box. I hand-knit twelve pairs of socks for myself this year. Two toe-up, the rest cuff-down. They represent eight indie dyers, including four pairs from my own hand-dyed yarn company, Mockingbird Fiber Co. I knit nine pairs with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel (by far my favorite), one afterthought heel, one heel flap and gusset, and one German Short Row heel. They all have a longer leg (at least 5 inches) and a rounded toe. Half a dozen are vanilla socks and the other six are patterned. Although I’d make a few changes, I’m happy to have learned so many new techniques and I love every single pair!
So now for the big reveal… my first ever Box o’ Sox!!
I got this adorable photo box and Michaels for a few dollars and it perfectly fits 12 pairs of socks!
I can’t remember when I decided to commit to this knitalong or it just happened organically, but it is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever finished in my knitting life!
The box starts at the bottom left, goes up, over, and back down, ending at bottom right. I’ll link to each project page if you care to read more about each pair, but I won’t go into graphic detail here (you’re welcome). I added an asterisk (*) beside my very favorite pairs.
January*: Vanilla socks with Candy Skein Tempting Sock in Blue Shave Ice
February: Smooth Operator socks with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Hippity Hop
March*: Sugar Frost Socks with The Fawn & The Fox Doe in Old Fashioned
April: Blueberry Waffle Socks with FIber for the People Gilded in Peach Pit
May*: IfThen Socks with Knit Picks Felici in Spaceman
June: Vanilla socks with Woolberry Fiber Co. Simple Sock in How Rude!
July (top right): Late Night Socks with Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, hand-dyed
August: Vanilla socks with Fiber for the People 2-ply Sock in Gotta Lava Mauna Loa
September*: Vanilla socks with Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Mischief Managed
October*: Snowfall Socks with Mockingbird Fiber Co. Scrummy Sock in Brushfire Fairytales
November*: Slack Tide Socks with Mockingbird Fiber Co. Rustic Sock in Lady in Red
December: London B. Ridge Socks with Mockingbird Fiber Co. Sparkle Sock in Jingle Bell Rock
And that’s it! Phew. I haven’t worn a single pair yet and most of the ends are woven in. Don’t judge me.
My biggest goal for sock knitting this year wasn’t actually to finish a box of socks, at first. I just wanted to try all sorts of heels, toes, cuffs, cast-ons, bind-offs, etc. to find how I like to knit socks. As it turns out, I just like to knit socks! I enjoy both toe-up and cuff-down. I do like a rounded toe and the FLK heel, but I find it nice to switch it up now and then. Sometimes I enjoy a pattern and others I just want a vanilla sock. And I found my perfect “vanilla sock” recipe, so I don’t have to even look anymore – I just cast on and go! I love that. I love knitting socks. And I still can’t believe it!