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Hi All! This Labor Day Edition of the Family Sock Challenge comes with some fun new news! To start off with, I'd like to welcome Michelle to the party. Michelle, who starts off with a finished pair of Jaywalkers just happens to be the owner of a the Sweet Sheep a new online yarn store based in Canada. Michelle has some great standard yarn lines, hand dyes sock yarn herself, and also carries some other nice hand dyed sock yarn. The reason I mention this (although who really needs a reason when hand-dyed sock yarn is involved?), is that she has given me a coupon code to share, in case you're looking to do a little yarn shopping. If you type ML010 into her coupon code box in your shopping cart, you can get 10% off your order. How cool is that? I just placed a little order myself. A girl can never have too much hand-dyed sock yarn, can she? Especially when she has a sock challenge to work on! (Just a note, before the coupon code will work, you need to register with her site -- it's a very low impact process).

We also have another new participant in the group. Cathy is getting started with a bang. She's just finished a pair for her sister-in-law and is midway through pairs for her Mother-in-Law and Husband. Cathy has a small person on the way, so I think she's going to be a busy sock knitter indeed!

Meanwhile, a number of other people have been busy, too! Jessica finished up a pair of Opal Ladybug socks for her Mom and has started on a pair for a good friend. Janine has finished a pair of striped footies for her daughter. She claims she hasn't been knitting many socks, but if you check out her blog, it looks like quite a few pairs of very creative socks have been coming off of her needles! Carole has been knitting up a veritable storm of family socks: a lovely pair for her stepdaughter, and 2 pairs of socks (one for vacation, one for a birthday) for her daughter Hannah. Three pairs of socks in just about a month. And, last but not least, Michelle finished a pair for her son, Justin. He's completely adorable, and definitely worth a click just to see the picture of him modeling his socks.

So all told -- that's 8 more pairs of socks!

I'm working on my final pair for the challenge -- a special pair for my aunt. I also started another pair for myself.. as research for my aunt's pair, don't you know?

Wanna see the whole list? Here it is!

73 Pairs of Socks

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It's time for another round up of what's going on for the Family Sock Challenge. Summer is always a quiet knitting time, but there have been a few new pairs of socks since my last post.

Annie finished a second pair of socks for her daughter (no pictures that I'm aware of) out of Opal Flamingo and got a pair started for her husband using Regia Jaquard. Maggie just finished a pair for her brother (or Brotherman as she likes to call him) and has gotten started on another pair for a special person. I also finished a pair of socks for my brother and just today I got started on my final pair. So that's three new pairs of socks that have entered the lives of our friends and family. I've also started another pair for myself --- I had to do some "research" for my aunt's socks. I'll be posting more about both pairs in one of my regular blog posts soon.

As always, here's the current score card. And should you want to join, there's still room for more. With the winter holidays coming up, I'm betting a bunch of you will be knitting socks for your family and friends anyways...

5 Down, 1 To Go

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We had a lovely weekend in Michigan. And there will be Michigan Fiber Festival pictures coming soon -- from a very unique perspective. But first, a pair of finished socks.

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Regia Linien Socks Contemplate A Splash at Long Lake

I finished my brother's socks this morning while giving a sock making lesson to my mom -- her first sock outing with double pointed needles, and she took to them much better than I did the first time I tried them out. They are a bit loose in the toe (my dad and John modelled them for me so I could check fit) but both my Dad and John didn't seem all that bothered by it. So they will be on their way to Houston soon and if they are a bit too loose, I'll have my brother bring them back for Christmas and I'll custom fit them then. Since they are a very simple and straightforward pair of socks, and it's getting late here in Chicago, I think I'll leave the discussion at that.

So now I've got all but one pair of socks for my Family Sock Challenge complete. My aunt's are next. And working on Joe's socks first was exactly the right thing to do. Giving myself some extra time to think, I now know exactly how my "Feline Feet" socks are going to be from a design perspective, and I got a chance to figure out a gauge I like using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, medium weight in addition to testing out a new-to-me cuff technique. So more interesting socks will be on their way, soon.

Actually, it was a very good weekend for design ideas as well. Once I get my aunt's socks finished, I have another idea that I am just burning to try.

Speaking of a little burning... John and I got to see the tail end of a lovely sunset over Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park on Sunday evening..

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Perfect End to the Day

It was the perfect ending to a lovely day that involved doing nothing in particular except being with my family and getting some knitting done.

Top of the week to everyone!

Sock Story

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Sometimes looking at a sock is like looking at the rings in a tree: you can see what's been going on in the past over the period of time the sock was being knitted. Case in point: the first of two socks for my brother as part of my Family Sock Challenge.


A Week in the Life of a Sock

Amazing how much stuff gets caught up in one size 11 man-sized sock.

What stories do your socks have to tell? I'd love to see other people's sock-life diagrams!

For the record, the sock was knit top down using Regia Linien Color # 5281, on US size 1 needles, at approximately 8 stitches/inch. There's an inch and a half of K2P2 ribbing at the top,5 and a half inches of straight stockinetted, a short-row heel a la Patricia Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, and a 4 point toe after 9" of straight knitting. It took darned near all the yarn in the skein. It's a simple sock, but given that it's recipient is male, I think that is a good thing.

It's been far too long since I've updated the Family Sock Challenge. Thank you to the participants who have kept sending me updates! I really didn't mean to go without posting about it for so long. Hopefully, with the fall approaching and with major medical issues behind us, I'll be better at getting back to a regular schedule on this.

Since I last posted, there has been a bit of activity. It seems like summer is a sleepy time for knitting, even sock knitting. I'm pretty much there myself! So thank you to Michelle, who finished a lovely pair of socks for her Mother-in-Law at the end of June, and sent along a picture that I could share with everyone.

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Sock Modeling with a Little Help from A Friend

Carole has also been busy on socks. She ">finished a pair for her sister-in-law from some very nice hand-dyed yarn. (For the spinenrs amongst you, Carole's blog is always full of spinning eye-candy an I recommend that you trip on over there and take a look if you have a moment.). She's also started a new pair of socks for her stepdaughter.

Meanwhile, Wendy's finished up a lovely pair of socks for her stepmom, Mary Jo. These socks got some lovely photographic treatment at a pier. Surely they are happy socks indeed!

I've been puttering away at my own projects. I finsihed up the Broadripple socks for myself (leaving me with two more pairs of family socks before I can go on to new projects for me) and I've just gotten started on a simple pair of sock for my brother. I've found with guys, simple is best, so a well marinaded pair of Regia skeins came out of my sock yarn stash for the project. The Broadripples were the subject of my last post, so I won't provide an additional pictures.

So, here's the scorecard as of today... as always, you can click on the links to see all the socks being made out there for friends and family!

First of all, today we have hit a major milestone! We actually have some Family Sock Challenge finshers! Congrats to Maud (who completed 6 pairs of socks -- be sure to check out the Tilt socks she made for herself -- there's a link below -- they're gorgeous!) and Kristi (who also completed 6 pairs of socks -- you have to go click on the link for the Fancy Gentleman's Socks that she made for her sister) on meeting the challenge! Y'all are way out in front of me right now -- I still have two more pairs to go that are completely unstarted yet (although I did finish a pair for me, which I've decided counts just a little bit!)!

And there are still more socks. Michelle finished a pair for a good friend (yep, that counts! I have a few friends that are close enough to consider family) there's a link to the socks under the latest entry under her name. The cute kid picture alone is worth the click! Michelle seems to be surrounded by cute kids. Janna completed a pair for herself that is also part of the Six Sox Knit-A-Long in a very lovely Koigu colorway (as always, link below Janna's name) and is taking a little break before she gets back into the thick of sock knitting. And, last but not least, Carole is getting started on a new pair of socks for her sister-in-law -- and by the looks of it, also having some very fun fiber adventures!

As always, you can check out everyone's new (and old) socks with the links under their names. Those folks that are finished will have a ** ** around their names. It's really a lot of fun to see how much people can accomplish. I mean, hey, 71 socks in 6 months. That's almost 12 pairs a month. Certainly the world must be a better place for that!

Finished Tigers

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Opal Rainforest Tiger Socks

Et Voila! Finished Opal Rainforest Tiger socks. This is just a modification of my "standard sock" pattern to create some extra calf shaping. Other than that, it has a standard Dutch heel and 4-pt decrease toe. The "special detail" in this sock is that whenever two black stitches overlapped, I purled the stitch instead of knit it, giving the sock a raised texture on the outside when a black stripe is formed. Because of all the shaping, this resulted in some stripes on the calves that I think do look very tiger stripe-ish. No attempt was made to make these socks identical, and, honestly, I'm not sure that there's a real obvious repeat region in this yarn.

These socks are my fifth pair of finished socks for my Family Sock Challenge (John got 2 pairs, my sister-in-law got a pair and my dad got a pair). How about that? Only two more pairs left to go. But I'll be finishing those Mermaid socks for myself before tackling any new pairs.

Happy Father's Day to everyone out there who is a great dad or has a great dad (like I do!). We're heading off to Ann Arbor to spend the weekend with my folks. I wish a good weekend to everyone else out there, too!

9 New pairs of socks have come into the world since my last report. Y'all are putting me to shame as I move slowly along on the second sock for my mom (now that the K2 P2 ribbing for the second sock is complete, I should be moving along more quickly).

This time saw socks from a whole bunch of folks. Carole finished up some beautiful lacy socks for a wonderful friend (yes, I think friends can count as family!), Heatherly finished a pair of cashmere socks for her mom (lucky mom!) , Julie was particularly busy this month and finished both a pair for her grandpa and a pair for her aunt, Michelle K finished up a colorful pair of socks for her mom, Nathalie squeezed in a pair for herself (knitting for yourself is definitely fair game, too, since I'm sure you're a part of your family), and Wendy finished up a very special pair of Trekking socks for her sister. She was working on these socks when her mother passed away due to MS.

To Wendy, on behalf of myself and the other sock challengers, I just want to say that I am deeply sorry for your loss. You're definitely in my thoughts right now. I wish you peace and good warm memories of your mother.

To everyone else, I'd like to mention that there is a way to help support MS research and make sure that scientists and doctors can do more work to make sure that this terrible disease affects fewer people in the future. A very excellent blogger and friend, Claudia, is going on a very big bike ride to raise money for the National MS Society. She's already raised over $10,000 with the help of many fiber folks out there and has set a new goal for $15,000. If you are looking for a good cause to support, this is an excellent one. Having worked in a lab myself, I can tell you that $10-$15K or more can make a big difference in a research project. Sometimes it only takes one simple experiment by just one person to create a breakthrough that can make someone's life better. Supporting the MS society is a great way to give researchers a chance to make those breakthroughs happen! So please consider clicking on over to Claudia's Blog and clicking on her fundraising button.

Want to check out all those new socks? Just click the links next to the dates for the finished projects.

Shapely Tiger Sock

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A Shapely Tiger Sock and Some Stork Scissors

You might be thinking, right about now, what happened to all the socks?

And, in fact, I've been thinking something along those lines, too. What's up with my current sock project?

Well, over Mother's Day weekend I took my all but Kitchenered Opal Rainforest Tiger sock to be tested out on one or Mom's feet. Surprise of all surprises, math does work the way you expect it to sometimes, and the shapely Tiger sock fit exactly the way it was supposed to fit. So I grafted the toe and brought this sock to completion. I think it's about time I cast on for the second one now, don't you? Especially with a long weekend by a little lake in Michigan coming up.

The second sock I was going to work on was the second sock in a pair for me, the Mermaid socks from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet (which, by the way, was also the inspiration for the Tiger sock as well). I've had one sock complete for almost two years now, and it seemed like high time to get the second one taken care of. I did get it cast on before I left for Maryland, even worked on it on the plane home from Baltimore. Only to discover that I made a mistake in the stitch pattern and need to rip back to the cuff. Lots of tinking in my future with that one. But it may head with me to Michigan as well.

And, apropos of nothing, I just had to put my little Gingher Stork Embroidery Scissors in the picture. I've always wanted a pair of those little Ginghers, and the sale at Joann.com combined with my renewed cross-stitch efforts, was just thing I needed to convince myself that I could have a little treat. I chose these for their exceptionally pointy tips, which I hope will be handy for some of the openwork techniques I want to try. If you think steeking is scary, you should try snipping the threads in a piece of linen fabric that you have pain-stakingly put about a million multicolored stitches into over 5 years. It requires some very fine tipped little scissors to make sure you only snip the threads you're supposed to. Watch out experimental test linen! Here I come!

57 Pairs of Socks Complete!

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Hi All! Sorry that I haven't posted on the Sock Challenge in a while. I was out of town for the last two weekends (MS&W on the first weekend and on Ann Arbor for Mother's Day to see my mom on the second weekend) and wasn't able to put the post together. I'm also going to be out of town (and probably away from an internet connection) next weekend as well, but hopefully I'll get back to regular posting in June.

At any rate, three cheers for Michelle K, who has finished two pairs of socks since my last post -- you can click on the links under her name to see what she's been up to -- and Carole, who finished a very nice pair of socks for her self in a lovely yellow/orange color as part of Project Spectrum -- click on the link for her "Cheez Whiz" socks to check them out!

I've been a bit slow, but things should pick up now that I've had the chance to let mom try on her first Opal Rainforest Tiger sock (it fit almost perfectly for her, which I was worried about because she doesn't have "standard" size feet.

Without further ado, here's the run down:

Socks for Mom

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Elizabeth wondered yesterday where the socks were.

Heh. Well, the socks are sitting on the same desk with Liberty and the random bits of crochet that I'm playing with.

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Opal Rainforest Tiger Socks Begin

These socks are for my Mom. They are an interesting challenge for me because mom has both shapely calves and bit of arthritis in her feet that make the ball a bit wider than you might expect for a size 7 shoe size. I had to get a few more measurements to make sure that things would be more accomodating in certain places. The ribbing started with 112 stitches and by the time I had reached the top of the ankle I had tapered the sock to 72 stitches. I opted for a Dutch heel for this sock because I wanted a little deeper heel for mom than I usually get with a short-row heel (and I don't like less sproingy sock yarns for short-row heels... the little gaps are too obvious for me). I'm in the process of doing the decreases after shaping the heel and picking up stitches. I'm going to decrease down to 68 stitches, which I hope will give a nice snug, but not too snug fit.

Given all the shaping, and the way the yarn is colored, I decided to stay away from any complicated stitch patterns. Instead, I decided to do something simple to add a little oomph to the socks: whenever two dark stitches meet, I purl the dark stitch instead of knit it. This means that the dark stripes have a raised relief character compared to the rest of the sock and I think it makes a neat impression with tiger striped socks.

I'm almost done with the decreases, so it should be pretty smooth sailing down to the toe from here on out.

48 Pairs of Socks Finished!

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Finally, finally, finally I have another Family Sock Challenge update! Not only does this update mark the addition of 14 new pairs of socks from the last post (amazing, eh?) it also marks my entry into the world of multiple blogs on one front page linked together through the magic of PHP. I feel like I've finally moved out of the stone age with my blog as far as maintaining small bits of bloggable information is concerned, rather than just constantly editing my blog template. So this challenge has not only been good for the making of socks, it's also been good for my technical knowledge, as well. How can a girl not like a two-fer like that?

In honor of having an easier way to keep people posted on progress, I've also added dates to people's accomplishments along with the accomplishment itself. I take my dates from the day you send me the email/comment -- not completely accurate, but I hope it will be close enough for most of y'all). Now it should be much easier to see which socks are new to the roundup!

So without further ado... and with the help of a little more PHP magick, I give you the current Family Sock Challenge update!

Hooray for everyone who finished socks in the past couple of weeks!

34 Pairs of Socks!

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It has been a busy week for the Sock Challengers. Here's the updated list:

Annie
Socks for son Luke finished!

Carole
Socks for Daughter Hannah finished!

Started on Socks for Stepdaughter Jessica

Caryn

Heatherly
Socks for Baby finished!

Janine
Socks for Husband Finished!
Socks for Husband Started.

Janna
Socks for Mom Finished!
Socks for Sister Started

Jess
Finished socks for Grandmother!

Julie

Socks for Grandmother Finished!
Socks for Aunt Finished!

Kristi
Socks for Hubby Finished
Socks for Dad Finished
Jaywalker Socks for Sister-in-Law Finished
Second Pair of Socks For Hubby Started

Lisa

Socks for BIL Finished!

Socks for Husband Finished

Lora
Opal Dreamcatcher Socks for Mom finished!
Jaywalkers for Sister started.

Maggie

Maud
Regia Silk Socks for Her Son Finished
Socks for Older Daughter Finished!
Socks for Husband Finished!

Michelle H-K

Michelle K
Blue Socks for Daughter Kathryn finshed!
Jacquard Socks for Daughter Lindsey finished!
Green socks for Son Ian Finished!

Green socks for Son Justin Finished!

Started Pink Socks for Daughter Rachael

Hedgemom Nancy
Socks for Husband Almost Finished
Trekking XXL Socks for Mom Started

Just Knitting Around Nancy

Natalie
Socks for Mom Finished
Socks for Daughter Finished
Socks for Daughter to Be Finished
Socks for Mother in Law Finished

Polly
Twin Jaywalkers for her Twin Boys finished!
Socks for Husband Finished
Jaywalker Socks for Husband Started

Tish
3rd daughter finished!

Traci

Wendy DG
Opal Socks Finished for Sock Partner Molly
Sockotta Socks Finished for Sister-in-Law Mollie

Not only did 8 new pairs of socks make it to the finish line, but there is a great diversity of socks for you to take a look at. Check out the two new pairs that Julie completed (see the links under her name) to see the Opal Ladybug sock yarn in action. Maud finished two beautiful textured pairs of socks for her family (once again, go click on the links under her name to see the results). Carole finished a lovely pair of socks in Opal Flamingo for her daughter (just click on the link under her name to see), and Michelle K finished green socks for both of her sons.

This week, even I'm getting into the sock finishing act!

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Finished UMich Socks Basking in the Sun

I got these socks wrapped up Sunday night. Perfect timing for giving them to my dad when he and my mom came back from Hawaii by way of Chicago

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Happy Dad Feet!

Nothing too special about these socks from a technique perspective. I cast on 72 stitches on US Size 1 DP needles then did about an inch and a half of K2P2 ribbing. The rest of the sock is simple stockinette, with a short-row heel and my standard toe. What makes these socks special is the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the UMich colorway. I didn't make Dad sing "Hail to the Victors" for me... but these socks are another small victory in my Sock Challenge progress nonetheless!

26 Pairs of Socks

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The past couple of weeks have been busy ones for the folks knitting family socks along with me. Last time I posted we were up to 18 pairs. This week we've got 26 . Hopefully that means 26 pairs of happy feet. Here's where everyone stands:

Annie
Socks for son Luke finished!

Carole
Working on Socks for Daughter Hannah

Caryn

Heatherly
Socks for Baby finished!

Janine
Socks for Husband Finished!
Socks for Husband Started.

Janna
Socks for Mom Finished!
Socks for Sister Started

Jess
Finished socks for Grandmother!

Julie

Started Socks for Grandmother

Kristi
Socks for Hubby Finished
Socks for Dad Finished
Jaywalker Socks for Sister-in-Law Finished

Lisa

Socks for BIL Finished!

Socks for Husband Finished

Lora
Opal Dreamcatcher Socks for Mom finished!
Jaywalkers for Sister started.

Maggie

Maud
Regia Silk Socks for Her Son

Michelle H-K

Michelle K
Blue Socks for Daughter Kathryn finshed!
Jacquard Socks for Daughter Lindsey finished!
Starting green socks for Son Ian

Hedgemom Nancy
Socks for Husband Almost Finished
Trekking XXL Socks for Mom Started

Just Knitting Around Nancy

Natalie
Socks for Mom Finished
Socks for Daughter Finished
Socks for Daughter to Be Finished
Socks for Mother in Law Finished

Polly
Twin Jaywalkers for her Twin Boys finished!
Socks for Husband Finished
Jaywalker Socks for Husband Started

Tish
3rd daughter finished!

Traci

Wendy DG
Opal Socks Finished for Sock Partner Molly
Sockotta Socks Finished for Sister-in-Law Mollie

Together We've Finished 26 Pairs of Socks!

I'd like to say a big welcome to some new folks who have joined the Challenge. Hello to Janine, Julie and Lisa!

Since this challenge isn't just about me, when I can, I'm going to share pictures from people in the Challenge with me as well as stories and other anecdotes relevant to what knitting socks means to recipients and knitters. While pictures are limited to participants, if you have a special sock knitting story that relates to the knitting socks for family theme please feel free to send me an email (see my link in the side bar in my "About Me" section to get my email address) with your story (normally I wouldn't mind getting it in my comments, but then it wouldn't be a special surprise for the Sock Challenge update post.

Today's picture comes from Kristi who finished a pair of Jaywalker socks for her sister-in-law. They are modeled by the lovely and sweet Otis. I couldn't resist this picture because I don't get to put too many cute dogs up on my blog.

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Otis and a Pair of Opal Jaywalkers

Completely unrelated to socks, you need to check out Julie's new podcast, Stitch-Cast! Her first full episode is up and ready for download. I know I'm biased, but I think it's great! She introduces herself, talks about quilting, entrelac and indigo dyeing. And if you ever wanted to know how Julie and I met, you can find that out in the show, too!

Hail to One Victor

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I'm incredibly late getting to the Family Sock Challenge update this week -- and there's been a lot of activity and I haven't had time this week to update my lists completely. So I'm going to hold off until Monday.

I will, however, not end the week without posting a sock project that I am working on -- socks and spinning are about all I've gotten to this week.

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The First of Two Victors: One Sock in Lorna's Laces UMich

This sock is partly to blame for my not being able to get up-to-date on Sock Challenge goings on. I actually knit a short row toe, thought it was just about the most dreadful (not in a good way this time) thing I'd knit in a long time and ripped it out and finished the sock with my regular toe. I'm not sure why the heel looks more or less okay while the toe looked so awful, but it did. I gave it a while to sit while I thought about it, but the more I looked at it, the uglier it got. I was so proud of myself that I didn't get at all distraught about ripping out 36 stitches worth of grafting the toe to the bottom of the sock.

I'm beginning to think that short row heels and toes work best when your sock fabric density is quite tight or you're working with a yarn that's squooshy and likes to fill in the gaps. I'm knitting these socks on US 1's and I could probably go down a needle size and still get a nice result. Also, while I think Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is soft and foot-friendly, I don't consider it to be all that thick and squooshy. Of course, it could also just be something about my technique with those yarn over wraps or how tight I pull my yarn or some wierd artifact of the fact that I knit continental style.

Normally, I wouldn't draw attention to a ball of yarn (although I do want to mention that immediately after sewing in the ends of the first sock I cast on for the second one), but tonight I did a little experiment with the one you see here. You see, I've been reading Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning">Big Book of Handspinning (something I'll be reviewing soon) and he talks about making a center pull ball twice when winding a ball from swift to ball winder. The first time you wind the ball, the natural resistance of the swift means that you get a very tight compressed ball on your ball winder. If you take that center thread after you've made the first ball and re-wind a second time you get a much looser ball that's easier to knit with (because the fiber isn't compressed so tightly) and is a little more yarn friendly since the yarn is under a lot less tension (which is generally a good idea... it's better for yarn to be as relaxed as it can when you're storing it , which is why I don't take my yarn out of the skein configuration until I know I'm going to use it). The ball in the picture was subjected to the double winding procedure. And, the advice is good advice. I have a nice loose center pull ball, which allows the yarn to flow more easily as I work on the second sock.

The Sock Challenge Continues

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It's been a big week for the Family Sock Challenge!

Annie
Socks for son Luke finished!

Carole

Caryn

Heatherly
Socks for Baby finished!

Janna
Working on Socks for Mom

Jess
Almost finished with socks for Grandmother

Kristi
Socks for Hubby Finished
Socks for Dad Finished
Started on Socks for Sister-in-Law

Lora
Opal Dreamcatcher Socks for Mom finished!
Jaywalkers for Sister started.

Maggie

Maud
Regia Silk Socks for Her Son

Michelle H-K

Michelle K
Blue Socks for Daughter Kathryn finshed!
Jacquard Socks for Daughter Lindsey finished!
Starting green socks for Son Ian

Hedgemom Nancy

Just Knitting Around Nancy

Nathalie
Socks for Mom Finished
Socks for Daughter Finished
Socks for Daughter to Be Finished
Started socks for Mother in Law
Polly
Twin Jaywalkers for her Twin Boys finished!
Socks for Husband Finished
Jaywalker Socks for Husband Started

Tish
3rd daughter finished!

Traci

Wendy DG
Opal Socks Finished for Sock Partner Molly
Sockotta Socks Started for Sister-in-Law Mollie

I want to welcome a few new sock knitters: Jess, Kristi and Nathalie have joined the project -- all of them have finished or are almost finished with a pair of socks. Polly and Wendy have been busy, too, and have both finished a pair of socks and are already started on their next pairs.

Where am I? Well, I've finished the first of John's green Dragon Scale socks (more on that tomorrow) and I've started my dad's socks:

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Socks for Dad in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock "UMich" Colorway

I'm thinking I might have to make him sing "Hail to the Victors" before I give them to him.

In sum total, we're up to 18 pairs of finished socks for our family and friends. Everybody knitting along, please feel free to "check in" in the comments and let me know your latest progress.

11 Pairs of Socks!

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I promised happier stuff for today, and if there's anything happier in knitting than socks, I just don't know what it is! This evening I finally got my Family Sock Challenger list up to date. My apologies for taking so long on updating the list with new names and new socks. I hope I've gotten everyone who emailed me. My plan is to update this list once a week, and share everyone's progress and pictures and links to the finished projects. Feel free to leave me a comment here or drop me an email.

Here's the updated list of participants:

Annie
Socks for son Luke finished!

Carole

Caryn

Heatherly
Socks for Baby finished!

Janna

Lora
Opal Dreamcatcher Socks for Mom finished!
Jaywalkers for Sister started.

Maggie

Maud
Regia Silk Socks for Her Son

Michelle H-K

Michelle K
Blue Socks for Daughter Kathryn finshed!
Jacquard Socks for Daughter Lindsey finished!
Starting green socks for Son Ian

Hedgemom Nancy

Just Knitting Around Nancy

Polly
Twin Jaywalkers for her Twin Boys finished!

Tish

Socks for 3rd daughter finished!

Traci

Wendy DG

Welcome to Carole, Caryn, Maud, both Nancys, Polly and Wendy! I'm glad to have you all knitting along with me. Quite a few new pairs of socks entered the picture, too! Heatherly finished socks for her baby, Maud finished some gorgeous socks for her son out of Regia Silk (click on the link above to check them out), Michelle K finished some Jacquard socks for her daughter Lindsey and Polly just polished off two pairs of Jaywalkers for her twin boys. That's definitely a lot of socks!

Michelle K also finished a pair of blue socks for her daughter Kathryn last week and she sent me some pictures to show off both her daughters and their new socks. I particularly liked this one:

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Happy New Blue Daughter Socks

Clearly this woman is happy about her new socks. It's hard for me not to smile when I look at this photo.

As to me, I'm making little bits of progress here and there. The green Dragon Scale sock has passed the heel and I've got my Dad's UMich socks a bit past the ribbed cuff.

And there's always room for one more! So if you want to knit along, let me know. I'm beginning to think that I should come up with a button for this... just to give y'all a little more flash for your efforts.

Sock Challenge

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I've been meaning to do this for a while, and with the Olympics having drawn to a close, it seems like a good time to talk about the challenge I (and some other knitting friends) are taking on this year: to knit socks for our families.

If you look on my side bar (you may have to scroll down a bit, depending on the size and resolution of your monitor) you'll see the list of people I plan to knit socks for, the group of people who are knitting along with me, and a total tally of family feet that will have new socks at their disposal. Currently, the group of us are up to 6 pairs of socks. Not bad for a challenge that's only been going on for a couple of weeks. Here's the group of folks that I'm keeping the tally for:

Friends Taking the Challenge with Me
Annie
Socks for son Luke finished!

Heatherly

Janna

Lora
Opal Dreamcatcher Socks for Mom finished!
Jaywalkers for Sister started.

Maggie

Michelle H-K

Michelle K
Blue Socks for Oldest Daughter Finished!

Tish
3rd daughter finished!

Traci

There's always room for more if anyone else is interested in joining us. There aren't really too many rules for this on. My goal is to knit a pair of socks for all my immediate family members this year. I've finished a pair for John and a pair for my sister-in-law, Libby and I've just cast on a pair for my dad and another pair for John (he's going to be the recipient of the large-sized Dragon Socks). And if I missed an announcement from anyone in my list, please let me know. The past couple of weeks I've had a pretty full inbox and I could have missed something by accident. Also, if you're on my list and you have a website, but you don't see a link here, let me know. I'll be happy to add it.

I thought I'd close today's post with a picture that makes me smile and feel a bit sad at the same time:

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A Man and His Buddy

If the cat can't come to the kitty treats, the kitty treats come to the cat.

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