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Socktoberfest kicks off bright and early Sunday morning!

Socktoberfest Button

Start your hooks and needles!

And wouldn't you know? I am planning ahead too! (I seem to have way too many plans of late…) So, I made some attainable goals for Socktoberfest:

Lace Sock

Browns Palette

Finish the Lace (Not So) Knee Highs, which really don't photograph well, but are amazingly beautiful – trust me!

…finish sock one and move onto sock two…

Since these knee socks did not really work the way I was hoping (but I still love them!), I am planning to try another pair, following Cara and Yahaira's lead on customized knee socks.

YarnPirate Blue closeup

Winding her up

As I was winding my skein of this lovely Yarn Pirate sock yarn, my eyes wandered over to one of my art books on Hokusai's Japanese woodblocks. It amazed me to see that the colorway "Cannon Beach" is so similar to the color palette in the 18th-century prints. The woodblock prints have been an artistic inspiration for me, and now I am feeling super great and inspired to work on these new socks!

Yarn Pirate and Hokusai

Hokusai is probably best known for his woodblock print, In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa, which also has the same colors as my new yarn!

Hokusai's Great Wave


What plans do you have for Socktoberfest?

Looking for some inspiration of the sock kind? Check out some of the blogs on the Socktoberfest Participant List, and there is always the Socktoberfest Flickr group (which also has some great discussions topics started up!)

Can you feel the excitement? :)

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69 Responses

  1. Jessica

    Wow! Socktoberfest is a huge hit this year! I’m planning on starting some socks as Christmas gifts. Gotta try and get it done early. Less stress, the better! :)

  2. Jennifer

    I’ll be working on some ankle socks and, if I finish some of my other WIPs, some knee socks. But my real goal is to wear handknitted socks every day of October.

  3. Saun

    I’ve been suffering from SSS but the thought of Socktoberfest has really gotten me going. I want to finish the socks I’ve started so I can work my two pairs of official Socktoberfest socks. I’m really excited. Thanks to you, I’ll have to add some knee-highs to the list.

    Those woodblock prints are really cool. I really like the second one.

  4. Amber

    Those colors are definately similar! I look forward to seeing what you do with your socks. I am going to finish my Koigu Ireland socks. ;)

  5. Holly Anne

    I am so glad socktoberfest will help me to shrink some of my sock yarn stash before Stiches East. Now I will be able to justify bying LOTS more sock yarn HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa!

  6. Holly Anne

    Oh, by the way – I also thought you might be interested in the Knit-A-Thon that is happening on October 14 from 10am- 3pm. All the information is on my blog. Go to:
    http://nittanyknits.blogspot.com for more info.

    Hope to see you there!

  7. Elinor

    I’m practically finished the socks I just started, but maybe by tomorrow I can graft the toe. Also I want to make Jaywalkers, but they might have to wait until I finish my generic toe-up sock for my class. Excited for Socks and Tober! (^_^)

  8. Cathy

    Baudelaire, baby!

  9. Kelly

    Love that sock yarn! I hope to finish all the socks I’ve got on the needles right now during Socktoberfest. Oh and of course start some new ones as well!

  10. Jenna

    I feel the excitement, hoo yeah!! Of course, I’m going to continue to work on my knee socks and probably start a pair for the boy. I’m trying to think of more ways to be involved in the celebration aspect of the fest, we’ll see what I come up with.

    You’re so observant, the colors in the yarn and the print do certainly match. Just goes to show that yarn dyers are artists in their own right.

  11. Chris

    My goal is much more humble than yours! Merely to have socks on the needles at every point during the month, and that it won’t be the same pair for the entire month.

  12. Ragan

    Yipee! This was my FIRST ever knit-a-long last year!!! I am excited about participating again….that means I have officially been blogging for a year! WOW…time flies.

  13. Risë

    Wow! The list of participants just keeps growing and growing. I already have my first pair posted on my blog. http://knittingalpacas.blogspot.com/2006/10/socktoberfest.html

    On this first day I plan to dye a skein of striped sock yarn for the fantasy football league that I’m playing in.

    I don’t really have a goal for the month other than just to enjoy knitting socks.

  14. annmarie

    I’m moving along on the Pomatomus socks and winding yarn and organizing patterns for several others. I’ll be posting more on my blog, http://www.riverknitter.blogspot.com , as I knit on!

  15. OzKnitter

    Knit Toe-Up socks for the first time and cohosting my first KAL. If anyone else is trying Toe-Ups for the first time, you’re more than welcome to join http://myfirsttoeups.blogspot.com/

  16. Wanda

    I love that yarn from Yarn Pirate and it really does have similar colors from the block print. Very nice. I am excited for Socktoberfest. Even though the knee highs won’t be knee highs, they look great!

  17. Christina

    Hi Lolly!

    I am so excited this is my first Socktoberfest!-and really my first time joining any sort of knit-a-long.

    Unfortunately, I have a small issue. There’s a new baby joining my family this Winter (my first Godchild) and I’m on a deadline to produce as many baby-related items as I can before the baby shower on November 12.

    So my question is, do booties count as socks? :)

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  19. faith

    Hi, I am new to knitting. I have made 3 scaves, 1 bag and felted it. I want to learn how to knit socks. What is a good sock how to (with pictures) Please let me know. Thank you and may you prosper and live victoriously. faith:)

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