As predicted, the Fruity Monkeys were the first socks of the new year.

Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Fingering in Passion Fruit
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A
Started: 12/27/10
Finished: 1/3/10

Eight days, and believe it or not I worked on other things in the meantime. Mostly Girasole, which *will* be finished while the new year is still young. :)

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A few years ago I had an idea about matching up stash yarn with patterns, putting it all in brown paper bags, and creating my own sock club. The Yarn Harlot later blogged about a very similar idea. (I have a feeling this was during the Fiber Cult era, since I can’t find any mention of it on my blog but I *know* other people heard me talk about it.)

Anyway, I never did it, and this year I’m not quite doing it as planned, but I have decided to knit at least 24 pairs of socks and to choose two specific ones to complete each month. One simple pair, and one more complex. I’ve decided that WIPs count for this purpose, and this month’s picks are Monkey – finished already, go me! – and Leafling from the Rockin’ Sock Club in March 2008. (Yes, I’m behind, what?)

Hopefully this will help inspire me to finish some of the longstanding WIPs and also to get things done in a timely fashion.

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A pattern I test-knitted also just became public. Though I usually knit socks 2 at a time, this is just the one finished – knit single in the interest of time. The second one is a bit into the leg, but not one of my designated socks for this month.

Yarn: Girl on the Rocks Superwash BFL Nylon in Caddy
Pattern: Desmondus Socks by Chrissy Gardiner

I believe this is my first purchase from Sock Summit that I’ve knitted up… well, partially.