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Monday, October 17, 2005

Socktober Fest!

It's Socktober Fest! I planned to knit four pairs of socks this month. As it is already the 17th, I might have overreached myself, but we'll see. One pair is actually finished! Here they are: they are knit from Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Effekt in shade 03 (if I'm reading the ball band right. Farbe means shade doesn't it?). This is a first time knit with this sock yarn and I am in love with it. First, just look at that colorway. Have you ever seen anything prettier? Just right for Autumn. And the wool is softer than most sock yarn, even with the 25% polyamide fiber. It has just a bit of a halo. Feels great on the feet.

Next, I am working on Conwy from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road. I've joined the knitalong group KOTR-SOCK-KAL on Yahoo! It's been great fun seeing what yarn everyone is using and discussing the pattern. I'm still on sock number one though.

I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock yarn in Forest. The needles are size US 2. Sock project three is Latvian Socks from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. There's a knitalong for this book too, which of course I joined. I just cast on these this weekend, so not much progress. The picot hem gave me a bit of trouble. I finally just did a provisional cast on, and then I had live stitches to pick up instead of picking up the stitches from the cast on edge.

Once beyond the picot hem, it's an easy pattern. But, these socks are knit on size 0 needles! It's going to take a lot of stitches to finish these babies. The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials in dusk.

One last sock project is the Fiber Nooks and Crannies Opal Sock of the Month for October. The patterns in this sock club are designed by Leslie Verts and use Opal yarn. Here is this month's sock of the month.

The pattern is marked "easy level" so I hope I can do it. Some of the patterns from this club are far beyond my skill. I've saved them though, so maybe someday I'll be able to do them. This one should be doable, even by me.

Well, I'm off to work. Tootles.


At 9:44 PM, Blogger Lolly said...

That is a beautiful pair, Barbara! You have some others that will be great too ;) thanks for being part of Socktoberfest!

At 11:43 PM, Blogger jillz said...

I love the finished socks. Gorgeous colors, perfect for fall. I also am lusting after Lorna's Laces Forest colorway. We got some into the shop that I work at and I've been fondling it for a while now :D

At 1:32 AM, Blogger candsmom said...

I love the colorway on your first Socktoberfest socks! Just gorgeous! And you're right about it being so perfect for autumn. The Lorna's Laces is beautiful and I love the Latvian Socks you're working on. It looks great in that Knit Picks Essential. :-)

At 3:11 AM, Blogger Textile Tach said...

Wow a sock extravaganza. I am also doing the Conwy socks but I found my lornas laces were pooling. Now I am unsure whether to rip or carry on knitting.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Debi said...

Beautiful socks here!! Glad I stopped by!

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Erica said...

You're socking right along! All your socks look lovely!


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