The lead up to this year’s Socktoberfest has been quiet: one, because I am denial that the year has passed so quickly and that it is indeed time for another round, and two, because I have no idea what to knit specifically for Socktoberfest.
For the last few weeks, my mind has been swirling and whirling with sweater knitting ideas. Many designs have caught my eye, and I have plenty of yarn in my stash to fill those whims. My queue is jam-packed with sweaters. Of course, I still love knitting socks – but they haven’t caught my fancy this year, as they have in year’s past. It is a natural progression, I suppose.
Of course, once I open up a Nancy Bush book, or peer into my sock yarn box, a bit of inspiration does come back. With my stashbusting mentality, I am considering using this Socktoberfest to use some of the yarns that have been waiting in the box. That was the case with the Autumnal Equinox socks… the yarn is beautiful and knits up in a wonderful strong fabric – which also happens to be quite pleasing to the eye as well. I am doing the toe decreases on sock one, and moving to sock two very soon.
With this sock well on its way, I decided to turn to the sock yarn box for some inspiration… and immediately, two yarns just jumped right out at me. Both are strong candidates: both have service backgrounds, and are well-known among the constituency. Both have strong moral character and will not back down from a challenge.
Candidate A – running on the Blue Moon ticket
|“Highway 30″ hails from the prominent and well-known “Socks that Rock” heritage, born in the pristine Pacific Northwest. “Highway 30″ has enjoyed a long run as “media darling”, and has become quite popular with many of the knitting community.|
“Highway 30″ has made many promises; if elected, it promises to behave well in a simple lace pattern – no pooling or flashing, and be very comfortable on the foot. It also promises to wear well and wash well. Having never worked with this yarn, this knitter can not testify to the validity of the promises… but they sure sound nice. This knitter is thinking about the Tropicana pattern – basing it on the previous success of Everyday Autumn’s trial run with the same pattern and yarn.
Candidate B – running on the Woolarina ticket
|Truly a grassroots candidate, Woolarina has great appeal. Being a local, I have seen this candidate grow into the strong contender that it is today. Not to be outdone by it’s competitors, Woolarina also makes some big promises:|
“Every time you look at me, you will smile” and the heftier “I will make your life more complete”. Big words for a little yarn from Maryland. However, I think it may be on to something… This knitter thinks that this yarn would be best suited in a simple ribbed pattern, showcasing its colorful talents.
…and since this knitter sees the flaws in a two-party system, here are some of the other candidates… all viewed as “dark horse” candidates by the majority of the constituency… but they are all very viable…
Is it possible to have a split ticket? Two candidates coming together? or even a co-reign during the month of Socktoberfest?
What are your plans for Socktoberfest?