The Conclusion of TDS

Life is not measured by the number of socks we own, but by the socks that take our breath away. ~ Maya Angelou

Stage six of Tour de Sock, an international speed sock knitting competition, finishes this week. Fortunately, I didn’t cast on all six patterns. Here’s a family photo of my 2017 TDS socks. Two pairs are at the cuff for sock one. I’m hopeful I can finish these yet this year. (I can dream can’t I?) Okay, perhaps not if I keep casting on new projects like this. 001

Unfortunately for my wips, I cast on three other sock patterns during the past two months. Two of these are on sock number two while the third I just started. I needed a good traveling pattern. I know it’s counter productive to cast on six pairs of socks in two months, but one can never have too many hand knit socks. 006

Here’s a run down of my sock wips:

  • TDS 5.2.17: I’m almost ready for the colorwork section on the foot.
  • TDS 5.4.17: I’m ready to start the color work on these. It will be a bit of a slow knit, but worth every stitch.
  • TDS 5.5.17: This pattern is Accio. How can one resist cables and beads?
  • Shark Bait II: I’m almost done with the chart on sock two. Once that is completed, the rest of the sock should knit up pretty quickly.
  • Junkie U Socks: I’m a sucker for a good kal. This was a complete impulse cast on. When the rainy season starts, these are going to make my feet happy.
  • Watermelon Socks: These remind me of summers in the Midwest. This pattern is great for traveling. I have the pattern mostly memorized.

I haven’t had a whole lot of crafting time this week. I’ve needed to set the morning alarm rather early to be able to run before going to the day job. This equates to me being too tired to work on complicated knitting patterns at night. However, this has also meant I’ve had more time to snuggle the kitties. They all secretly love that even though Gracie doesn’t look to pleased in this photo.015

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