Challenging Myself

Earlier in the year I set myself a challenge by working on several pairs of socks at the same time hoping I would have them all finished by the end of the year and picturing a full sock drawer holding half a dozen more new pairs socks.

I began by digging out some WIP (Works In Progress) that had become UFO’s (UnFinished Objects). One pair I had started with Malabrigo yarn last year or the year before, not sure, only needed a few more inches on the cuffs to be finished. A couple more pairs had the toe increases finished and were ready for me to knit the foot and one pair only needed the cuffs knitted.

I had two challenges going on. 1. Finish what I had started and put aside for too long and 2. Master knitting 2-at-a-time on the same needle. I’ve been knitting 2-at-a-time for years using separate needles for each sock and really wanted to tackle it again. Guess what? I won! It worked. Challenge completed.

So, I had four pairs of socks to work on and two pairs of them were already on the same needle. I don’t remember doing that. I put each of the other two pairs on one needle and dove in to finish the Malabrigo socks.

Now the Malabrigo socks are finished and I started working on the pair of blue/brown socks in Stroll yarn.

I got these finished and blocked along with the Malabrigo socks.

And somewhere in there amidst all the swapping off to work on socks already on the needle I got a wild hair and decided to cast on for another pair of socks.

Now all I need is a couple of more repeats on the cuffs and I’ll be finished with these socks.

So, like an idiot, I cast on for another pair of socks…

I still have two pairs that need the cuffs finished…that’s them in the middle of the next photo.

I believe I can easily complete my six-pairs-of-socks challenge before the end of the year and I’m thinking about another challenge of some sort. I’ve got a lot of yarn in my stash and the possibilities are endless. Socks are easy. Hats are easy. I can knit stacks of both. Throws are a walk in the park.

I haven’t knitted a sweater for myself in years, mostly due to my rather pear-shaped body, and I really want to give it a try. I’d like a loose, comfy pullover to wear around the house when the weather is cooler. Got to put my thinking cap on…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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