This month's yarn club package had a skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot sock yarn in Lilac. It is a lovely blend of superwash wool, mohair, and nylon in a blend of navy blue, purple, and blue-green. The pattern that came with the package was for a pair of fingerless gloves. I discovered that the pattern is just a "suggested pattern" and as long as I use about the same amount of yardage, I can make whatever I want and still get the $10 store credit!
Since I just finished a nice pair of fingerless gloves earlier in the year (and the pattern provided had eratta and a few sizing issues) I opted to make a pair of socks instead. I wear warm socks all winter long at work, so it would be nice to have a third pair of basic handmade socks. I used my favorite sock pattern from the book "How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy."
This month I was slowed down by a trip out of town, two craft shows, and a massive ear infection. I was also working on a few baby items for a friend of mine that is due very soon. (More on those projects later.) I found myself five days out from this month's deadline with only a half inch started on the second sock! So I knit furiously on my day off and after work every day that week... And somehow managed to get it done! I think that is the fastest I have ever knit a pair of socks. (Huge thanks to my boyfriend for not minding that our "date night" was watching episodes of Community on Hulu while I finished knitting the second sock...)
So far having a deadline has really helped me finish the projects I'm starting. Next month's box has already arrived and I started knitting a lace shawl over the weekend. I've also got a plan for my store credit: get another skein or two of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky and make the sweater I wanted to make last year.