Now… Do I spin up another set of singles or ply next?
It is January 14, 2015 and thus the official end to the Socks with Sarah KAL is upon us.
It’s surprisingly hard for this woman of many written words to know what to write next. I’ve been reading each and every one of your kind notes on the Ravelry Thread this past week and more than once I’ve found myself tearing up a little. I have put a lot of time and heart and care and more than a few leaps of faith into creating this KAL and making it everything that I could for everyone who joined. I know what all of the friendships and struggles and triumphs within the group has meant to me, but this is the first time that I’ve sat down in one place and been able to see what it meant to all of you. I simply could never anticipated exactly how wonderful this group would become and how much joy and courage and confidence and strength it would bring out in so many. I am so humbled and so grateful for all of your words and for all of your efforts this past year. And for those who are just beginning, I cannot wait to see all the amazing things you are going to knit, too. I promise you that in this group, you are in the very best of hands.
There has been a lot of tallying up of our year’s achievements out there and I thought that today I’d share my own. I wrapped up one last pair of socks a couple days ago to bring my year’s total to 26pairs — there were a couple for my kids and husband, but mostly they wound up in my own sock drawer. So today, this drawer contains 28pairs of socks total, including of course the couple pairs before the KAL began.
I will admit that I lamented earlier this week to the group that I’ve been wearing ready-made socks the last few days in order to get this photograph of the whole collection when they are washed and dry. I was surprisingly surly about that — it’s funny how now that I have plenty of handknit socks the ready-made ones never feel right. They’re always too hot or too cold or the elastic is too tight.
It was worth the sacrifice to see the whole collection together though as I find myself pretty amazed. There are still some things I haven’t tried — like spinning my own yarn for socks, a couple heels I still want to try, and a bunch of patterns and yarns that are still on my to-knit list. At the same time there have been a lot of firsts and a lot of lessons learned. In fact, this KAL has been a true crash course in sock knitting. I learned in this single year what would have probably otherwise taken me ten and there is no question that I am a stronger & more confident knitter for it.
As a human person, I look at this sock drawer and I see yet another example of what daily dedication to a task can yield. Prioritizing — even if it means carving just a bit of time from each day — can have a huge impact. I can carry this with me into the bigger goals in life, like my kids’ schooling, gardening, reading, nurturing my relationships, and maybe even finally getting around to my larger writing goals. I think maybe we can move mountains, inch by inch.
But today is not just for the bittersweet. After all, we have just wrapped up a huge accomplishment so celebration is most definitely in order! So why not celebrate with announcing our End of the Year GIVEAWAY winners?!
Before we begin, I once again have to give a HUGE shout-out to each and every Socks with Sarah Sponsor. Please consider checking out the Socks with Sarah Sponsors list on the Ravelry thread if you are in the market for yarn or other supplies. Without these sponsors, the giveaways, coupon codes, tutorials, and many other details that made this KAL as awesome as it was would not have been possible.
Without further ado, the winners.
Listed by their Ravelry IDs below the photo of the prize they won the lucky 11 knitters are…
charlie2 — 1 skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Currier & Ives colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
jcampo — 1 skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Thraven colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
RainyDayStitches — 1 skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Valenscummy colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
seattleknitterguy — 1 skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Pond Scum colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
mysparklyshoes — 1 skein of Socks that Rock lightweight in the Dawop Wallop colorway from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
lisalou229 – 2 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll in Butternut from Great British Yarns
JLCherry33 — 2 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll in Aurora Heather also from Great British Yarns
rlmathews — 1 skein of Plucky Feet in the Medieval colorway from The Plucky Knitter
IntrovertedKnits — 1 skein of Plucky Feet in the Vintage Icebox colorway The Plucky Knitter
bealily — 1 skein of Cashluxe Fine in the Rosebud colorway Sweet Georgia Yarns
Winners, kindly email me at knittingsarah[at]gmail[dot]com with your preferred shipping address and I will get your skeins out in the mail as soon as I can. Congratulations!
It seems only fitting to wrap-up this post with the news that I’ve already cast-on another pair of socks. It’s a more complicated stitch pattern so it’s going a bit slowly, but true to form I’m clicking away a bit every day. I also happened to cast-on a shawl and a sweater. And I have plans to whip up a quick colorwork hat. And maybe convince myself to knit a washcloth because I had to finally pitch one of my handknit ones earlier this week, but I kind of don’t like knitting washcloths. Oh, and there was that sock yarn scrap blanket that I was going to get started on sometime, too. The official Socks with Sarah KAL may be coming to a close today, but the socks are still coming and the group is still chatting and my needles, they are busier than ever. I kind of had a feeling that when the official KAL came to an end there would be a bit of an explosion of new projects as the possibilities for my needles blossomed just a little bit. And from the looks of all the #todayonmyneedles and #todayonmywheel and #todayonmyspindle posts, I’m not the only one!
Happy Knitting & Spinning Everyone! I can’t wait to see where this year takes us!