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Last January I decided I wanted to challenge myself by forming my own sock club. My sock club, I decided, would have a strange twist. My goal was to knit a pair of socks each month for one year based upon my version of synesthesia. I imagine words as colors, so the color of yarn I planned to use would correspond directly to the color of each month. Needless to say, I was the only member of my synesthesia sock club. I successfully made 12 pairs of socks last year. Some of the socks were knit from published patterns, and the rest were my own designs.


top row (left to right): Dembow socks (my own design), Penuche Twist socks, Oktoberfest Socken (my own design), Paraphernalia.
middle row (left to right): Freshet socks (my own design), Maurice Moss socks (my own design), Freshet socks (my own design), Brezel Socken (my own design).
bottom row (left to right): Cadence Socks, Síguelo (my own design), Paraphernalia, River Rapids socks.

Just for the heck of it, I created some charts showing the frequency of yarn brands and colors I used throughout the year.


The most popular color was apparently green (in various shades). My favorite color of all 12 months was the midnight blue I used for the Oktoberfest Socken. No surprise there.


The most popular yarn brand was overwhelmingly Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes. This is a great workhorse yarn that comes in some beautiful colorways. I highly recommend it. So far the yarn is holding up really well in all my socks. Other yarns I quite enjoyed knitting with are Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 and Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. They both contain cashmere which makes the socks super soft.

All in all, my synesthesia sock club was a success! And because I needed another challenge this year, I decided to join Nerd Wars on Ravelry. My team? Team Most Amused which focuses on britcoms and British sketch comedies. I mean, come on, how could I resist???


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Well hello there and happy 2013! Here’s a synesthesia sock update because yes, I have yet to finish my December socks, even though it’s January.

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I’m calling these Dembow Socks because they feature my Dembow stitch pattern I’ve used so often on hats. I’m really pleased with these socks so far. The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in the colorway forest dew. I’ve used this fabulously soft yarn once before and love it. These socks will be for me- mine mine mine!

This holiday I received some lovely gifts from my family. Some of the gifts I’m most excited about are certificates to Natural Stitches, Miss Babs, and Verdant Gryphon. Now I can buy ALL THE YARNS, mwahahaha!

I also have a new Google Nexus phone! This was not a gift but a much MUCH needed upgrade from my previous pay-as-you-go excuse for a phone that I bought years ago. Now I need to remind myself to stop messing about on my phone and get some knitting done because I have some knitting goals for 2013:

*Finish my December dembow socks
*Knit some gifts (baby shower and birthday)
*Resume the Breckenridge sweater that I started in October of last year
*Finish the Hanket that I started way too long ago
*Consider publishing some of the synesthesia sock patterns I designed last year, though don’t hold your breath…

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Pattern: Maurice Moss socks (my own design for the month of July)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway espresso batik (80% Merino, 20% Nylon)
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)
Rating: I am so happy to be finished with these socks. That’s a rating, right?

Notes: I’m quite happy to be done knitting these socks. The espresso batik colorway is gorgeous but extremely dark. I had sit under just the right lighting in order to see the stitches properly. And man-sized socks take forever to knit, yo.

In contrast, I seem to be sailing through my August Freshet: El Regreso socks.

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I give up. I spent 2 weeks furiously charting stitch patterns and dreaming up sock designs only to scrap everything and start the Freshet socks again. sigh

I’m calling my August socks “Freshet: El Regreso”. Here is sock #1 in a lovely sage batik colorway by Fiber Optic. This is the 4th pair of socks I’ve knit this year in Fiber Optic yarn and I can’t say enough lovelies about this stuff.

I never did finish Markus’ July socks. It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk today so I reckon he won’t be needing wool socks anytime soon.

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Blogs, how do THEY work? Like, aren’t they supposed to update themselves or something? No? Huh.

So, one might imagine that after a 2+ week break from the blog I would be much farther along with the Maurice Moss socks. Nope. I’m not sure why these are taking so long to knit. It’s just one of those knitting mysteries. At any rate, here is sock #1 (front).

Sock #1 (back). The second sock (not shown here) looks pretty much the same except the pattern swirls in the opposite direction. I’m about halfway through the gusset on sock #2. EXCITING! Uh, not really.

I’m thinking I may knit a second pair of Freshet socks for August. In my head, August is a lovely light green which I think would suit the Freshet design very well. Perhaps.

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Gah, it’s hot out. So hot that I’m not really motivated to do anything. But, I was motivated just enough to take a photo of my new July socks. These are for Markus and named “Maurice Moss” after the nerdy character from the Britcom The IT Crowd. Markus is also a computer nerd/programmer. He developed Sconcho knitting chart software (which is free BTW so check it out) so I thought the name was fitting. And really, Moss is the funniest character in that show. It’s too bad it only ran for 4 seasons.

This yarn is DARK! So dark that I need some good back lighting in order to see what I’m knitting. The yarn is my favorite Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Espresso Batik. The stitch pattern is basically just a bit of swirly ribbing flanked with 2×2 ribbing, both front and back. This satisfies my love of ribbed socks without being too boring to knit.

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Pattern: Freshet socks (my own design for the month of June)
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colorway chocolate night 033 (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon)
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)
Rating: these turned out pretty good

I would highly recommend this yarn. The cashmere content makes these socks really soft and snuggly, and the yarn knits up very nicely. However, the socks grew a ton with blocking, so I would suggest knitting a gauge swatch. Hmm, yeah, that would have been a good idea…

I finished these socks on the 17th of the month. According to my rules, I can’t start my July socks until… you guessed it, July. I never thought I’d say this but I’m going through sock knitting withdrawal. WHEN WILL IT BE JULY?????

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