Ravellenics 2018

Guys, you don't know how many times I've tried to write this post.

Which, honestly, I guess is to be expected when you have a newborn and a toddler. I just lost a version of this post that included a well thought out analogy to the laws of motion that would have made my Newton professor proud (I took a deep-dive study of Newton as an elective in college. Why? For moments like this of course), and now I just don't have the energy to pull that off again. Vanya's going to be up at any moment, Pasha is refusing his nap (again), and I have socks to show you!

Because I have said newborn and toddler I was not expecting to be able to participate in Ravellenics this year (for the uninitiated, the Ravellenics is a knitting "competition" in which the knitter sets a personal goal that they will work for the duration of the Olympics. For Ravellenics 2016 I knit this sweater). But then I realized that I was stuck in a recliner during my own recovery because Vanya would not let me put him down. So I pulled out a bag of sock yarn, a few pairs of needles, and decided to see how many socks I could knit.

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The answer? 4 adult socks (and 2 toddler socks).

One of the single socks is actually the second of a pair that was intended for a Christmas present. Obviously I failed majorly in getting these sent off for Christmas, but fortunately I have friends who understand. 

Back in November I received two gorgeous skeins of Stranded Dyeworks as part of #getyouryarnwishesgranted (thanks Amy!). Both are one of a kind colorways, and I instantly knew that the purple needed to be socks for a specific person. This was my first time working with Stranded and I'm already stalking her updates because I "need" more!

For the pattern I chose Vintage Fairy Lights by Helen Stewart. I don't normally knit socks this tall, but I wanted to knit to pattern because I love the look of the long ribbing paired with the fairy lights pattern. My only complaint is a personal preference -- I don't like when patterns are written line by line rather than saying "repeat the previous row x times." But I do know how to count, so it was only a minor inconvenience.

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You would think that after knitting all of these socks I would be ready to knit something else, but nope. I'm still knitting socks. I guess I'm going to need a bigger sock drawer!