January 1, 2015. A new year lies before me, a clean fresh slate full of potential, full of opportunities to create beautiful handmade items with wool, with fabric, with thread. A new year lies ahead yet a time for reflection and pondering befalls me today. I’ve been thinking mostly of yarn and the many unfinished projects I need to wrap up but with those calculations I’ve also delved into a bit of analysis. Out of all things I make, what is it I love most? What do I wear most often? Where should I be spending my efforts.
I came to a surprising conclusion and one that took me back to 2005, two years before Revelry made its entrance into the world of knitting. In 2005, on a road trip, I opened a magazine that spoke of the many benefits of knitting on one’s health. There was a picture of a hand knit sock with a caption stating that socks were an easy portable knitting project that can be worked on just about anywhere. My interest was peaked and before we came to the end of our road trip I had made a pitstop to a craft store for all the necessary equipment. The directions for the sock were in the magazine and I had basic knowledge of knitting from my childhood.
I soon discovered that I was in over my head but, with great determination (and loud squeals whenever a stitch fell off my slippery needles) I was on my way to becoming an obsessed sock knitter. Living in the Rocky Mountains at 8,035 ft. elevation, our feet soon learned the amazing warmth of wool. I was smitten. I started a blog devoted exclusively to socks and called myself socks-for-mum. I quickly discovered other bloggers writing about knitting and soon made friends all around the world.
Those were great days before Revelry came along. We were faithful blog readers and many of the current designers of today were blogging about what they were knitting and I could see their popularity growing. I learned a lot reading their posts. There were many ‘swaps’ going on, one being the first one I started called the Monkey Sock Swap which featured Cookie A.’s infamous Monkey Sock. I assigned partners for whom we knit a pair of Monkey Socks and sent little ‘monkey’ gifts to.
It is a bit embarassing now, but I really was obsessed with these swaps and meeting new knitters. I started a Harry Potter Sock Swap that ran through four swap seasons. Knitters participated from all over the world and a newspaper in Minneapolis interviewed me. I had participants take a ‘Sorting Hat’ test to see what ‘house’ they would be placed in, assigned a partner and then we knit ‘house’ socks for each other, the only requirement being that they were in the colors of the house their partner was in. It was wonderful fun.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I have realized in recent weeks that the one item that I continues to loved and wear over and over again are my socks. I love them. This is the only thing my husband pesters me about. He always wants socks, nothing else. I knit other things but they often are worn only occasionally.
I have diversified my knitting since those early years but I think it is about time I return to my knitting roots. My goal for 2015 is to finish up UFOs, concentrate on finishing Level Two of the TKGA Master Knitting course and KNIT SOCKS, lots of them.
I want to finish the Master Sock Knitting Class book I started a couple years ago and hopefully learn a few new tricks. First up are the Terpender socks by Melissa Morgan-Oates. These are knit two-at-a-time but I will most likely take them one at a time. I get exceedingly frustrated by the yarns tangling when you knit two at a time.
Terpander is knit from the toe up using Judy’s Magic Cast-on. There are many beautiful cables in the design and it is knit with one of my favorite yarns – Wollmeise Twin in a brilliant color called ‘Poison.’
Terpander qualify for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group’s January sock because Melissa Morgan-Oates is one of the featured designers. They also qualify in a second category, Music and Lyrics, because she named the socks for and ancient Greek poet and musician who used a lyre in composition and performance. His name was Terpander and the cables in the sock bring to mind his favored musical instrument – the lyre.