Sunday, January 22, 2017

Let 2017 Begin

I still haven't blogged about all my finished projects from 2016 and there is one from 2015, but I thought I'd start the year off on the right foot, so to speak.

Last year the yarn store, The Loopy Ewe, offered an exclusive sock yarn colorway each month along with a matching notecard.  The yarn was dyed by Blue Moon Fiber Arts, the Socks That Rock people.  The cards were based on photographs by Image Words of Fort Collins.  The picture this month is called Frosty Ridge.  The colors are beautiful and I collected the colors of all 12 months, as did my friend, S.

By the end of the year, neither of us had knit anything with the yarn so we decided to have a little knitalong in which we would make something with the yarn.  Starting on January 1, 2017 we would knit something with the yarn from January, 2016 - and so on throughout this year.  The goal is to finish by the last day of each month.  S. is making a hat.

January 2016 - Color: Frozen Valley
I've decided to make socks every month and would look for a texture pattern that would break up any potential pooling of the colors.  For January I chose the Herringbone Rib pattern for the leg and on top of the foot, worked over 60 stitches:

Round 1:  Knit.
Round 2:  *K2, slip 1 purlwise, K1, yo, pass the slip stitch over both the yo and the K1 stitch.

I was happy with the results and would use this pattern on another pair of socks.  However, for this knitalong, I'd like to try out a different textured pattern each month.


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts., Herringbone stitch on leg and top of foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0/ 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Frozen Valley"

Note:  I had quite a bit of yarn remaining so I've decided to make another pair of socks, Bonus Socks.  I started with working the cuff of each sock with the January yarn.  Each month I'll add a stripe with the remaining yarn until, at the end of the year, I'll have a pair of crazy striped socks.

Bonus socks - cuffs

The name for next month's color is Bebop.  It's bright and colorful and I'm looking forward to knitting with it.  Now, to find a good pool-busting pattern to use and then wait patiently for the Feburary 1st cast on.

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