I've never done anything quite like a sock club before. I suppose that makes sense since I just learned to knit less than a year ago. I did do a "block-of-the-month" quilt once, but I bought all the blocks at one time and pieced them in record fashion. It's still one of my favorite quilts, but not at all the same thing.
So, in a sock club, I get a hank of yarn that is specially dyed FOR the sock club and a pattern for socks every other month. There is also another pattern that is related, but not socks. A few other gadgets to make any crafter happy, and some notes from the dyer and pattern designer. It's fun, interesting, and a challenge. Since I don't know much about knitting, every new pattern is a challenge right now, so if it's "hard" or if it's not hard, I am still learning something.
Thing #1 about this month's yarn. It's VERY purple. Pretty. Definitely royal. But VERY purple. And it's dyed my knitting needles a nice shade of violet. Which makes me worried about what it's going to do to my feet.
Thing #2 about this month's yarn. It's spun very tightly and is quite different than other yarns I've worked with. I like it quite a bit and imagine that the patterning stitches are going to stand out beautifully.
Thing #3 about this month's pattern. I'm going to adjust it just a touch since I want the socks completely closed in on the back.
Thing #4 about this month's pattern. I love the buttons that go up the back. What a neat touch and just the thing I need to remember Grandma by. I'm going to get buttons from her stash...I'm not even sure they'll all match.
Thing #5 about this month's experience. From David last night, "How many different ways to you know how to put a sock together now." Me: "3. This is my 3rd pair."
Thing #6: There is NEVER enough time to get all my knitting done that I want.