Apparently, the Box 'o Socks activity - whereby knitters try to knit at least 12 pairs of socks that they keep in a box until January of the following year - has been around for a while now; however, I only heard of it once I started watching the Yarngasm knitting podcast. (The link takes you to Kristin's review of everyone's 2017 efforts. She manages the official KAL.)
As you know, I seldom participate in any "official" KALs, because inevitably, I feel [my own self-imposed] pressure, and have even occasionally failed to knit anything at all related to said KAL. But this one just sounded like fun, and I enjoyed seeing everyone's socks, both on Ravelry and on podcasts. So for 2017, I decided I was going to give it a try, but "unofficially." And I surprised myself by completing 11 pairs over the course of the year, which are now out of the box and in my sock drawer (except for the holiday pair, put away with my other Christmas socks for next December).
Two of these pairs (the Winter Berry socks on the far left and the Fradentical Holly Socks wouldn't have qualified for the official KAL anyway, since that requires socks knit from fingering/sock yarn only. They qualify for me, 'cause I did my own thing, which is what you can do really with any knitting endeavor, but I digress ...
So anyhoo, I've given it some thought, and I'm gonna unofficially participate again this year. For one thing, it really motivated me to do more knitting in general; it provided a great opportunity for using stash - only the Mojito socks (top, third from left) were knit from newly-purchased yarn; it made me try more patterns also in my pattern stash, which allowed me to learn some new things; and, possibly the best of all, it was so much fun to have 11 new pairs of socks, and the reminders of what/when/where I knitted them, that it made my really happy!
I've also decided that I'm going to do my own thing again this year, and even add another factor: I'm going to try and make at least two pairs for The Tim. Not just because he deserves them, but because it will mean I'll knit them without waiting until the last minute for his birthday or Christmas, and they'll be right there and ready.
I know Dee said she might give the Box o' Socks a try, so it will be fun to see what she knits. I really had fun with it last year, and hope to enjoy it all even more this time around.
Will I make 12 pairs this year? Will any actually be for The Tim? Will I make even one pair? Will I ever learn?
You'll just have to stay tuned ...