I haven't quite finished my January socks, but I'm already planning ahead to my February ones.
I have divided them into three types:
1. Insomnia Socks. This is a series I began a few years ago and will continue. (See here and here and here). I knit them when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep. They are mostly stockinette stitch--I need something that will lull me back to sleep, not get me agitated or upset because I've messed up the pattern--and a bright, self-patterning yarn.
2. Just-a-Bit Socks. These are the socks I work on when I have just a bit of time--sitting in the passenger seat when John is driving us to town to shop and do errands, while waiting for the kettle to boil for tea, sitting in a doctor or dentist waiting room, a few rounds during my lunch break at work. These socks require a pattern that is easy to memorize.
3. Challenge Socks. They don't have to be extremely challenging; knitting, after all, is supposed to be FUN! But it's good to have something with a little bit of a challenge--lace or cables maybe, which requires me to keep track on a chart. I knit these when I have an hour or two in the evenings, sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea (which often turns cold), listening to Bach or the Gee's Bend gospel singers or an audio-book.
And I do love listening to audio-books as I knit. These are some titles I have lined up:
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
All Dressed in White by Tami Hoag and Alafair Burke
I still haven't chosen the yarns or the patterns or the names for my February socks, but I will soon and you'll be among the first to know!
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