I hadn’t planned on celebrating Socktoberfest – too many other projects in line right now – but then I noticed the Through the Loops Mystery Sock Knit-a-long, and I couldn’t help myself. I joined right away.
Since this was an unplanned (and therefore unbudgeted) knit for me, I decided I should go with stash yarn. I’m using the Louet Gems Merino, sportweight, in eggplant, that I won in Dave’s blog contest last year. I first tried to make some Charade socks with it, for my friend Cathy, but I made multiple mistakes and set them aside. Later, I ended up with different purple yarn, making a pair of Uptown Boot Socks for her. After finishing those, I swore I’d never knit tiny cables with dark yarn on size 0s again, but I guess I was wrong. If I were buying new yarn, I might’ve gone with something orange, or yellow, or cream, or light brown. But I think the eggplant is going to be yummy (and fallish!) too.
The clues are coming out each Wednesday. Clue #2 was released last night, at midnight. There are two versions – a basic sort of lacy version, and a charted cabled version. I’m doing the cables, over 64sts. I did the cuffs on dpns (my new and gorgeous and yummy Darn Pretty needles)
After I finished the cuffs, I moved both socks to 24″ circs, to do them both at the same time. Only twice now I have accidentally used the wrong needle end to knit. Gah! Any tips on avoiding making that (ridiculous) error?
It’s not too late to join the Mystery Sock KAL, if you’re interested. Kristin Kapur, the designer, is involved in the KAL group on Ravelry – which is already over 1000 members! I’ve wanted to knit one of her designs for awhile, and this is certainly a fun one to start with.
Are you celebrating Socktoberfest? If so, how?