I think I have found what I love knitting most and that is SOCKS! I love the challenge that they bring with the heal, toe, gusset and structure of the sock. I love that they are small and light to carry around and I love that I can knit both of them at the same time.
I have been wanting to advance my skills in knitting and take on bigger projects. I have come to realize that I can advance my skills without knitting something big like a sweater. I don't enjoy knitting sweaters and after I am done with my husband's, I doubt that I will even knit one again unless it is a baby sweater. By knitting socks, I can learn new things and knit a small project that keeps my attention. And since socks are a significant investment of time and energy - about 34,000 stitches in an average pair of adult socks made in sock-weight yarn, it is still a good size project.
Last year, I had this idea to bake 52 pies in a year and my friends thought I was crazy. My friend Eryn said that she would join my Pie Challenge, but would only bake twelve pies in 2012. So each month we got together and baked and would invite our friends over for pie and ice cream. It turned out to be one of my most cherished times in 2012. Not sure why I never blogged about it.
So taking that same idea of baking one pie each month, I have decided to knit one pair of socks each month of 2014. Not only am I going to knit one pair of socks, but I am also going to pair it with an audio book to read (ummm... listen to?) each month. For this challenge, the sock size does not matter; I can knit socks for myself, for my husband and/or for my baby. I can even knit socks for our stockings at Christmas. Anything that is in the shape of a sock will count toward the Great Sock Challenge of 2014.
I am so excited about knitting socks that I have already started my Sock Challenge! By the end of my challenge I should have 17 pairs of socks(!)... five for the rest of this year and twelve for 2014.