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…

On Schedule

I was pleased as punch to be all caught up with both socks before the most recent Mystery Sock clue came out last night.  At some points this mysterious knitting adventure has felt a bit like homework or working against a deadline; the teacher’s pet in me wants to be on time with my knitting (and not on one sock, but both of course).  This motivation has been exciting at times, and downright hand-cramping at others.  In any case, I am having fun knitting along and am really enjoying how these socks are turning out.

Now it’s on to the gussett and foot!  I think I’m going to relax a bit now and go at my natural sock-knitting pace.

We’ll see how long that lasts…

It’s That Time of Year Again

Socktoberfest is here!


I’ll be playing along with the Through The Loops Mystery Sock KAL. This is my first time doing a mystery pattern, and it honestly makes me feel a little bit nervous.  But for the past two years I’ve seen these sock patterns come out and loved them, so I feel confident this will be an ace pattern.  If you’d like to play, check out Kirsten Kapur’s blog where she will be releasing a new pattern clue each Friday this month.

I’m going to do my best to keep up, and will try to post the week’s progress each Friday.  I can’t make any promises that I will finish these during the month of October, or that I won’t get distracted by other projects.  But from where I’m standing now, this is a pretty exciting challenge and I feel up to the task!

Will you be knitting socks this month? What patterns and yarn have your fancy?