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…

The Whole Truth

You didn’t think I was able to leave a recent 42% off sale with just a couple of skeins of Noro, did you? The truth is, I increased my stash by a third that week, between Becca’s generous stash-busting and the Yarn Garden’s Superbowl sale. So here they are, my new wooly friends and sources of inspiration:

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Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash, color MS16, 2 balls (To be socks for my sweetie)

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Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids, Natural, 1 skein (lacy footwear for me, perhaps?)
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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Sunrise, 2 balls

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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Celedon, 2 balls

Sidenote: I got a message on Ravelry asking if they could feature this photo on this yarn’s page!

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Yarn: Cascade Lana D’Oro, black, 2 skeins

Okay, that’s the full truth, I promise! I have gone from a meager little stash that fit in a single layer in one box to something that resembles a corner in the messiest yarn shop you’ve ever been to. It’s a little out of hand, and I need to find a way to tame the beast before it crawls out of the over-stuffed box and smothers me in my sleep.

In the meantime, I have a lot of knitting to do! I have been resisting the urge to cast on every one of the above yarns because I need to tie up some UFOs before heading out on the Stitch ‘n Beach cruise on the 27th. I’m signed up to take 6 classes, and they each come with a project! So I don’t plan on taking anything more than a stockinette sock with me to knit on the train to New York.