Today is about where finished objects end up.
For the most part when I give something away I never hear about it again, and to be honest that is fine. That said I did feel all warm and fuzzy when a friend sent a text message to say that the mitts I gave were keeping her hands warm.
Something I do get updates about are my Dad's socks. He likes thick woolly boot socks and shop bought ones wear through really fast. So ages ago I made him some using Lion Wool ease:
Mmmmm, socky goodness. Sadly these were as tough as the shop bought ones and once I had convinced him they were for wearing not looking at they only lasted two wears
I have now found Regia 6 ply which knits up quickly to give the kind of chunky sock he likes. This comes with a ten year guarantee and so far, when I occasionally ask, the reports are good (7 months so far, I would be happy with a year). This does mean he will get socks for Christmas for ever more .
The projects I keep are obviously easier to track, some are hardly used, some are used all the time.
I have learnt that handknit socks are for wearing, not for looking at (and for feeling a tiny bit smug when you are wearing them). My socks get different amounts of wear, superwash ones are worn the most, they are pretty much either on my feet or waiting for wash day.
Hand wash ones have to wait until there is enough to fill the sink so get worn less.
There are also a few that never really get to be worn like the toe socks and somewhat felted stripey socks, these are mostly early attempts into the world of socks.
I have to admit to playing favourites with my FOs, last year it was all about the Jitterbug Travelling woman:
I wore it EVERY time I went out. This year only a few times. I have no idea why.
The favourite this year is my alpaca flip top mittens, I love these (with capitals and many hearts). Knitting the fingers was a pain, but worth it as I don't think I have left the house without them for the past 5 months.
And yes, I realise I can wear the travelling woman and the mittens at the same time, it just doesn't seem to happen. Thank you to everyone who visits, I hope you are enjoying blog week as much as I am. Although I have to admit seeing all the stashes yesterday gave me some serious sock yarn shopping urges.