Photo by SpillyJane via Ravelry
I haven’t done challenges for a long time in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. One year I knit 19 pairs of socks for my sister, my grandmother and myself. I burned myself out on them to say the least. But after lots of big projects last year, I want more small projects. I need things that are portable and easy hospital knitting. Thankfully my sister is home now but Hubbs grandfather isn’t doing well and we’ve had to make the hour and a half drive to the bay area to visit him in the hospital. Hubbs family is very loud and boisterous so I don’t really knit but I’d rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
The Sock Down Challenge for January is Flora and Fauna as well as a couple of designers and a mystery sock. I did Hootenanny already for this challenge but you can have as many projects as you want as long as they are cast on between 01/01 and 01/31. And you have to bind off your project before the end of February. It’s fun and a good way to work on new skills. Or try something you’ve never tried before. Or work with a designer that you’ve always want to try. And of course mystery socks are always fun.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with colorwork for a while but didn’t want to try to work on my skills while knitting a sweater. Hootenanny was a good way to break into a bit of colorwork but after finishing those I really wanted to cast on for Swedish Fish Socks by SpillyJane. My mom asked me to order a couple of books from Knit Picks for her so I ordered myself a couple of skeins of Chroma to cast on for Swedish Fish Socks while I was at it.
I ordered Chroma Fingering in Black and Guppy. I figured Guppy was fitting for Swedish Fish Socks. The box came on Tuesday afternoon, much sooner than I expected it. Chroma is a single ply yarn that is a bit thick and thin, a bit like hand spun. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it’s a bit fuzzy and I generally like yarns with a good twist to them. But I’m about two repeats in on the leg for sock one and I’m really loving the way that the sock is turning out.
I think I’m going to add one more repeat to the pattern to make the leg a bit longer. But otherwise, the pattern is really fun and I love watching each new round of fish come off the needles.