Last I took a photo of these I was just in the red/orange section of each sock. I powered through that color and the variegated pink that came next. My final mini is bright/hot pink that will finish out the minis portion of my 2020 Advent Calendar.
Bonus is that Agirlandherwool is a Pigskin Party KAL sponsor and this yarn will get me bonus points in the competition! Now I just need to finish them!
I am feeling all the mojo for these socks. The second heel is in and I’m cruising up both legs. The yarn is staying fairly well matched after my painstakingly splitting the minis as close to in half as possible.
I am getting ready to work a purple mini on both socks. After that I only have one mini left and I plan to rib most if not all of that mini skein to finish that sock.
I followed where my mojo was leading and I focused on the heel of my first Advent Sock #3.
The heel turn went pretty smooth and I’m now cruising up the leg. I am considering pausing this sock and switching to the second sock to get it’s heel put in. Really lean into the tandem plan for the socks.
I have been trying to get away from desk and the temperatures are finally dipping below 85.90 degrees therefore I have brought back lunchtime knitting walks. I have mapped out a 1 mile, 1.5 mile and 2 mile circuit. Most of the involve walking around the Kansas State Capital building, which is a gorgeous.
My Advent Socks #3 have progressed nicely. I am starting the toe up gusset heel on my first sock. I do occasionally have to stop walking to check my stiches or look to see if I’m ready for a increase.
I may only grab 30 or 34 minutes to myself but it really has made a difference on how fast these socks are growing. I can add several row even on a short walk! I am feeling all the mojo to get the heels done on this project.
I have plodded my way through the legs of my 2020 Advent Socks, pair number two. The sock on the left is using my new Flexi Flips and the pair on the right is on a normal 9 inch circular.
I cannot tell an appreciable difference between the two needles. Both are making consistent socks. I am not seeing any laddering with the flexi flips either. So far, pretty pleased with both. I could see myself using either comfortably depending on my mood.
All I have left on these socks are two cuffs. Feels very nice to be so close to a FO. I always get a little mood boost when I can pet a finished piece.
My 2020 Advent Socks #2 are humming right along. I am working them in tandem so I can split each 20 gram mini in half.
I need to catch up the bottom sock to where I am on the top sock. The top one has the heel increases started. But the bottom one needs a smidge more stockinette still. This has been my grab and go car knitting as well as my “I’m too tired at night to knit anything else”.
I need to do some yarn planning to determine how tall I will make these. I could cut them off a decent but short-ish length and save enough yarn for another pair of socks. Something to ponder…
I decided not to use the full skein/main color in this pair. I’m just diving right into the minis since they are 20 grams and go really far towards making a sock. I split the mini into two 10 gram balls and I will work each sock concurrently to make sure I keep the colors the same.
Depending on how many minis I use, I might even squeak out a third pair? My main goal is to get all the minis knit up before the other calendars show up in November, wish me luck!
I have another pair of socks for my sock drawer! The 2020 Advent Socks are done and ready for my feet.
Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock “recipe” with a gusset heel
Needles: US 1s
Yarn: AGirlAndHerWool 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar (minis #1 through #8)
These socks are just so cheery and happy. It felt satisfying to actually use up the mini skeins from my advent calendar instead of hoarding them. I will admit the socks are a tad bit big or maybe have less ease that I would normally want. I could have probably done with 64 stitches instead of 68 for the foot and heel sections. But 68 feels good in the leg.
The socks ended up decently tall and the BFL content feels soft but hardy on my feet. I ended up using roughly 360 yards of yarn to finish these socks so that puts these on par with the amount I use from a normal skein.
Finishing these socks inspired me to clean my sock drawer. I pulled out six pairs of socks that I have knit that have shrank in washing (or my feet grew during pregnancy) and no longer fit super well. I gave all six pairs to my sister who wears a size 7 shoe compared to my size 9.5. She was super grateful and I’m hoping those socks get some wear instead of hanging out sadly in my drawer.
I sat down the other day and realized how close my 2020 Advent Socks were to being done. I had finished both heels and scooted right up the leg.
So I have connected the eighth and final mini skein from my 2020 Christmas Advent calendar. I will finish off these socks with some 2×2 ribbing until I run out of this mini. Overall, I’m digging the mix of colors in these calendar. They do look very scrappy but intentional.
Now if you do the math….I have used 8 mini skeins out of 24 so there are 16 left to do something with. If I follow the same “recipe” I could make two more pairs of scrappy socks. Which I may very well do, but not right away. Or maybe I let these percolate for a bit?
My sock drawer is starting to get very fully. I may need to start knitting socks for other people again!