FO: Socktoberfest Prolonged

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, right? How about Socktoberfest in April?

  • Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock 2010 by Kirsten Kapur, Ravelled here
  • Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Semisolids in Mango, 1 skein
  • Needles: US size 1 / 2.5mm
  • Mods: I knit the size Large, using a size Medium heel flap

This was my first time participating in a mystery knit along, and it had its pros and cons to be sure.  The main asset of this type of knitting is the anticipation and excitement, particularly when knitting along in a group.  As each clue was released, a flurry of knitting and chatter would erupt on Ravelry, and it really kept me motivated to push on through knitting that week’s clue on both socks.  The clues were released roughly as the pictures flow below:

Then, once all the clues were released and I was left with two half-knit socks, I felt discouraged.  I was tired from all the excitement, and the now-garish orange yarn was irritating to look at.  Naturally, they got set aside for new projects and would get worked on in fits and starts for the next several months.

It’s funny how finishing up a long-lingering project can feel so great!  My creative workload has been lightened a bit, and any ill feelings I had toward these socks have vanished.  Instead, I feel excited that I have these new, vibrant orange socks to wear as the weather warms and colors outside brighten.  Taking six months to knit a pair of socks also has me feeling (in a misplaced way) that they were very little work.  Strange, that.

In any case, I get to cast on a new pair of socks now!  Hopefully they will get knit up at a slightly quicker pace. Or maybe I should pull out that shawl I started in a knit along last July…

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10 thoughts on “FO: Socktoberfest Prolonged

  1. Hey! Congratulations on finishing those! That was really quick once you dragged them out again-you must’ve been very dedicated. They look marvelous!

  2. I also tried mystery sock knitting this year. It was fun, but I also had issues with finishing the two socks. Anyways, I love the orange colour. Very bold and just the right thing for upcoming bright days.

  3. Thanks! I knit the whole foot from Sunday to Wednesday, which was pretty fast for me!

  4. They look so soft and cozy! That orange is perfect for summer, well any time of year if you ask me!, and your knitting is so well done. The pattern looks great in orange!

  5. I did that same Mystery KAL (likely because your blog led me there, though I can’t recall) in a similar orange yarn, same size and everything, yet they look so different from yours! Funny how that happens.

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