I recently came to understand something ridiculously obvious: if you knit on the same project every night, you will make progress. Not exactly a news flash, but I'm still amazed it actually worked and that I finished a sock. A pair of socks over two weeks used to be fairly normal for me, but since the last pair stretched out over five months, I haven't exactly had any speedy expectations on finishing the next pair. Yet after a few nights of steady knitting, I have new finished socks.
Before I get too excited about finishing the second sock in a couple of weeks, I should remember that I started these in January. For the last couple years, Woolgirl.com ran a Wizard of Oz themed sock club. I only signed up to receive a couple of the kits, and the Scarecrow kit was not one of them. When I saw the pictures though, I really loved it. I managed to buy the yarn and pattern. At some point halfway down the foot of the first sock, I had the "what was I thinking?" moment.
The colors? Way too bright and crazy. Not me at all.
Realizing the socks were not quite to my taste meant I buried them away until a few weeks ago when I made up my mind to clear out my WIPs. I forced myself to knit at least five or ten rows each night. Some nights I knit more. Before I knew it, I turned the heel. A couple more nights of knitting and a day of long conference calls got me to the toe. And I admit, I do love the stripey toes.
I still can't say I love the socks, but finishing them means one more WIP crossed off the list, one more 2011 stash project finished (up to 7 now), and another skein of sock yarn I can count as used. Success!!
Sock yarn stashdown progress:
Most recent score: -4.
New skeins acquired: 2 (Aug and Sep club skeins).
Skeins used: 1
New total: -3
I have a shawl that has been sitting about as long as these socks. Probably longer. I honestly can't even remember when I cast it on. I think I'll put my new found discovery to work and try to focus on just a few rows every night and see what happens.