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It’s Socktoberfest!

On Friday I had lunch with Kathy and one of the things we discussed was the upcoming Rhinebeck trip.  I mentioned that I was hoping to finish my Flyingdales sweater and in doing so I really thought about how much I had left to go before finishing.  The back is almost done but that still leaves both fronts, both sleeves, the button bands and the collar.  The reality is that it probably can’t be done in 2 weeks time.

I was bummed for a moment but I decided to use this as an opportunity to truly embrace Socktoberfest.  I am committing myself to knitting nothing but socks for the entire month of October.  I really want to see how many pairs I can finish and I think challenging myself will be fun.

socktoberfest collection

I am generally a one-sock-on-the needles knitter but I have thrown caution to the wind and have 3 different socks going and here they all are.  I think you need a closer look at each one, though.

trekking sock

This is Trekking in my favorite plain stockinette pattern.  This is for when I need mindless sock knitting.

dragonfly sock

And this is a Dragonfly Sock (ravelry link) reclining on one of my JessaLu box bags.  The yarn is Yarn Nerd in the color caramel stout and it’s the 3rd pattern I’ve tried with this yarn.  I first did a plain stockinette and I hated it.  So I switched to 2×2 rib and I wasn’t crazy about that either.  This Dragonfly pattern is just the ticket, though, and this will be good for when I need a little challenge.

SPOILER ALERT — Through the Loop Mystery Sock photo ahead

ttl mystery socks 09

Finally, here are 2 cuffs of the Through the Loops Socktoberfest Mystery Sock ’09, again reclining on a JessaLu box bag.  The yarn is Claudia’s Handpaint in the color “cherries” and I love them so far.  I’ve finished clue #1 and will work each clue on both socks so that I have a finished pair at the end of the month.

So it’s all socks all the time over here at Carole Knits.  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

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  1. You already seem so far on those socks…maybe work a little bit of that sweater? I bet it’s gorgeous! I love those mystery socks though!

  2. So glad you are in for Socktoberfest again this year, Carole! You have some really pretty WIPs. Can’t wait to see you showing them off later this month!

  3. Flyingdales…so lovely. But sock are such a wonderfully satisfying knit. Your colors are beautiful. I’m having to cast on for the Mystery sock again. Silly me, didn’t do a gauge swatch! Good thing the next clue isn’t until Thursday. Happy Socktober!

  4. I love the yarn in the first socks – did you buy it local? They look like halloween colors!

  5. Yay! Rhinebeck is so close. I can’t wait to see the socks in person. I’m doing the TTL Mystery socks too. I love the color you chose. Those box bags are very cool too.

  6. You are a veritable sock machine! (Have you tried the Channel Island Cast On yet?) I’m dedicating myself to finishing some other projects before I start those socks I’m itching to start.

  7. I love your socks with the picot edge and have been meaning to ask you which pattern you use. You mentioned that you have a favorite pattern, can you tell me where you found it or which pattern it is? Also, do you typically use double points or a circular needle?

    I have not yet knitted socks but I am eager to start!

  8. Wow those are all great looking socks, and nice yarns! I think you have started Socktoberfest out just in the right way …

  9. I applaud your sensible goal setting. Once again you are a good influence! That whole bit about finding the right pattern for the yarn is wise, too. I tend to knit whatever and overdye if it doesn’t work. I need to be more like you…

    My friend Erin MacLean is going to Rhinebeck with Leslie Samson. Erin’s latest batch of angora-Polwarth roving is beyond luxurious — if you want something truly soft and lovely to spin. It’s the nicest spinning fiber I’ve seen in years!

  10. Yay for gorgeous socks!
    I wondered where the sock mojo had come from all over blogland…. and now I remember. It’s Socktober! (duhhh)

    Yay for Rhinebeck!

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