Operation Sockdrawer – mission accomplished!

Operation Sockdrawer – mission accomplished!

It started in April, when I was faced with two problems:

1: My Sockables Drawer was STILL about to explode (even after One year of yarn diet there was only a tiny dent in it!!)

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Sockables after one year

2: My husband was complaining that I never made socks for him (NOT true, but he’s a size 47 and pretty picky, so NOT cool to knit for him, just saying!).

So the obvious solution to both problems was to make a bunch of socks for him. And me, being a pragmatic person and all, combined this with the ever returning challenge to find TWO gifts for Christmas (since that’s also my hubby’s birthday). So the advent calendar idea was born.

I am quite amazed that it did not take as much time as I initially thought to finish not  only 24 socks, but 24 PAIRS in size 47 for him. Only 4 months later my mission was already accomplished! YESSS! Call me a knitting machine!

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24 pairs of socks in XXXXL

And all of this knitting happened while juggling dayjob, two toddlers, the usual kid-related sleep deprivation and publishing my new designs for the Jormungandr Socks and matching fingerless mittens! (You can still enter and win the giveweay here until Sept 9th 23:59 CET)!)

And isn’t this the coolest pile of socks ever?? Too bad they are all way too large for me.. *Sniff*

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24 pairs of socks in XXXXL

After my Bergfest in June knitting went incredibly fast for some reason unknown to me.

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Bergfest on my 24 pairs of socks

Maybe it was summer with its loooong evenings or just the thought to be able to start something other than socks once I was done or just the incredible colours of the yarns, that made it such fun to go on…? Anyway: here they are! 24 pairs of size 47 socks for my husband’s advent calendar!

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24 pairs of socks in XXXXL

The only task remaining is to find a suitable wrapping idea for these. He’ll get one sock every day from Dec 1st until Christmas Eve as an early birthday gift (with maybe a little LEGO stuffed into each sock, to make him even happier – see, I’m a good wife :)) and the box with the 24 matching socks for Christmas 🙂

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24 pairs of socks in XXXXL

Do you remember the box of yarns that I got for this project? All brandnew colourways of beautiful Opal yarn (read more in the original post here).

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Opal yarns 2018 edition

I LOVED working with them, just looking at them makes me happy already, these colours are just what makes me tick. So I guess it’s no surprise that the socks knit up in no time! Even as most pairs are plain vanilla socks I think they all have a lot of character, don’t you think?

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24 pairs of socks in XXXXL

24.3. Pair one – Opal Abo
28.3. Pair two – done Uganda Timmy
01.4. Pair three – done Geburtstagsparty Kerzen und Glückwünsche
9.4. Pair 4 – Regenwald 14, Sascha der Sommelier
18.4. Pair 5 – Symphonie der Träume, Wildes Wasser + lautes Geröll
2.5. Pair 6 – Regenwald 14 Coco der Schokolatier + Die Dessertmeister
30.5. Pair 7 – Regenwald 14 Georg der Grillmeister + Handwerk & Hobby 3 Meine Leidenschaft Zimmermann
31.5. Pair 8 – Regenwald 14 Georg der Grillmeister + Handwerk & Hobby 3 Meine Leidenschaft Zimmermann
01.6 Pair 9 Sinfonie der Träume Dunkler Wald & Prächtige Wiese
06.6 Pair 10 Sinfonie der Träume * tobendes Meer*
16.6. Pair 11 Regenwald 14 Coco der Schokolatier + Sinfonie der Träume gemütliche Lava
24.6. Pair 12 Regenwald 14 Die Gemüserowdys + Sinfonie der Träume Vollkommener Regenbogen
26.6. Pair 13 Schafpate X – Lisa schmückt die Wiese (available from Sep 28 2018)
1.7. Pair 14 Schafpate X – Clara bringt Kuchen (available from Sep 28 2018)
7.7. Pair 15 Schafpate X – Oskar verschüttet den Sekt + Handwerk & Hobby 3 – Meine Leidenschaft Tierfreund (available from Sep 28 2018)
12.7. Pair 16 Sinfonie der Träume – dunkler Wald + Schafpate X – Hannah mixt Cocktails
18.7. Pair 17 Sinfonie der Träume – Aufbrausender Wind + Handwerk & Hobby 3 – Meine Leidenschaft: Leseratte
25.7. Pair 18 Little Secrets 6ply – Spurensuche im Eiscafe (available from Sep 18 2018)
28.7. pair 19 Little Secrets 6ply – Die Begegnung mit dem Waldgeist (available from Sep 18 2018)
3.8. Pair 20 Little Secrets 6ply – Das geheimnisvolle Buch (available from Sep 18 2018)
7.8. Pair 21 Schafpate X – Willi wirft Konfetti + Sinfonie der Träume – lautes Geröll (available from Sep 28 2018)
14.8. Pair 22 Schafpate X – Emma singt Happy Birthday (available from Sep 28 2018)
16.8. PAir 23 Schafpate X – Lotte packt Geschenke aus (available from Sep 28 2018)
20.8. Pair 24!!! Winterspiele XXL 8ply – Skispringen (available from Oct 10 2018)

In total I used 2083 grams of yarn for this project. And now?

Well… this is what’s left of the 29 balls I started with:

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Leftovers!!! Oh YEAH!

So the downside of this whole operation is, that my Socksbles drawer has worde conditions than before (sorry, yarns! I promise I won’t keep it this way!)

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The Sockables Drawer 2018

But guess who’s as happy as a clam about these? Crafty little Mrsmumpitz – the leftover-noodle!

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Hot air balloon Mobile made from leftoverssss

Now I can’t wait to join the #monstersocks2018 KAL on Instagram. So I’m happily knitting away now and am amazed how much faster projects just jump off my needles when they are NOT size 47 🙂

I should do these kind of things more often!

Need inspiration for what to do with leftovers? Look here 20 free leftover projects! and a tutorial on different Scrap blending techniques

Happy knitting!

4 thoughts on “Operation Sockdrawer – mission accomplished!

  1. You are such a good wife! That is quite an accomplishment and they are amazing!!! I love all the colors you used and he will be styling when wearing all of those this fall/winter. I feel like I should go knit something for my husband, poor guy. =(

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