At the end of last year, I was inspired by the Yarn Harlot's self-imposed sock club, and decided to do one myself. The basic premise is you pick 12 sock yarns and 12 patterns, match them up, bag them up, and stash them away. Then every month you pick a bag at random and at the end of the year you have 12 pairs of socks to do with what you please! Apparently, I was not the only one inspired by her, judging by the multiple groups on Ravelry for this same purpose.
I did change my own rules a little though. Since I'm trying to squeeze my knitting in between raising toddlers, being pregnant, sewing, designing, and various other domestic duties, I gave myself two months for each project. I also put laceweight yarn and shawl patterns in my bag. Last year I tried to do the 10 shawls in 2010 challenge (11 in 2011 group here), but ended up getting burnt out by June. By mixing in socks, shawls, and whatever other small projects I had laying around, I thought I could prevent project burn-out. I started off strong in January, only running a little over into February. I made up for that by finishing my February Citron in 12 days, and getting a pair of socks and a top for Caitlyn done in March (sorry, no pictures up on Ravelry yet so no links). For April, I decided to design and knit my next pattern, which ran over into this month, but I still started my May project. I was going to do the Retro Rib socks from Interweave Knits "Favorite Socks," but for some reason I could not get the hang of the pattern! After frogging both socks three times (I'm doing them two at a time on two circulars, due to my limited knitting time), I decided to go back to my standard sock pattern. Except, here I am with four days left in the month and two half-finished socks. Barring a miracle, these will run into June. Oh, well. I'm still ahead of my two month plan. :) So here are my May socks-in-progress. I'm about one round away from starting the heel flap.