Bit By The Socktober Bug

I had a post all ready to go to tell you about my little sock starters that are only toes. But I obviously can’t post that one because (if you’ve been following along on Twitter) it’s obvious that these are not just toes anymore.

This is where I was on Tuesday, when I started the original post and

this is where I was the next day. I honestly didn’t know I would get that far, but now I can see why so many people are addicted to the sock knitting. It goes so fast and starts looking like recognizable things very very quickly.

See, it was really strange that I wasn’t a sock knitter. I have an extensive collection of socks, but only one pair I had made myself. And I’ve been knitting for over ten years! Ok, I have knit quite a few socks (you can see some of them here), but they aren’t all for me. Every knitter’s plight, eh?

So this time I’m winging it…kind of. I have Wendy Bernard’s excellent guide, Custom Knits Accessories, for basic guidance. But I’m doing these toe up rather than the top down example in the book, so everything goes backward. Plus I’m just putting it on my foot to check measurement instead of actually measuring anything. Makes it go a whole lot faster. Well, except for having to take of my shoe and socks multiple times at jiujitsu Tuesday, but that’s a completely different story…

Aside from weaving in the ends (which will probably take me another two months to get around to because…meh), I think these might be done tonight. I’m so close, I can feel it! And for the first time in my life I will have made a pair of socks in October for Socktober. Yippee!

I’m Back!

Oh, hello there. Lovely impromptu hiatus I went on there. At least I have a nice backlog of projects to share.

Before I go backward, let’s take a look slightly into the future. About 5 days into the future to be exact. Remember last year when I made a fancy version of the “One Skein Shrug” for my mom to wear to her work gala? I’m making a stole this time.

More specifically, I’m making this: yarn
into this:

©STC Craft from
Skylark Stole

by Saturday.

The pattern is the Skylark Stole from Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits Accessories. It is going to be 53 inches long when I’m done knitting, blocking to about 64 inches (supposedly). I’m using HiKoo Simplicity in silver from The PurlSide in Glendora, CA.

Am I slightly insane? Everyone seems to think so. That just makes me want to prove it can be done. In fact, I’m already this far after starting yesterday: daily progress
I’ll totally be done by Friday to block it by Saturday. I hope.