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Socks In Mind
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Socks In Mind

Image by Natasha - http://gregbrenchleyfamily.blogspot.com

Four days into Socktoberfest, and the spirit is palpable, people!  There are knitters making socks left and right – Ravelry’s Socktoberfest forum is a chatty place, and Twitter is even getting some action with the #Socktoberfest tag! 

Some people have already finished a pair of socks (I don’t know how they do it!) and many others have cast on and are planning more projects for these 31 days of fun. 

I am starting the heel of my own sock #1 (the Flammegarn pattern from the previous post) and planning my next pair.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of socks in my Ravelry queue, so I decided to go back to something that I know I love and get a lot of enjoyment from:  traditional colorwork patterns.  So, I am putting together plans for another pair of socks from one of the Nancy Bush books – or possibly adapting a mitten pattern into a sock.  (Anyone have any tips on this?  specifically with the charting?)  I am planning to just go for it – going back to those fearless roots!  I just have to make my mind up which pattern to do!  It’s great to be so excited about socks and knitting again!


Many thanks for the comments and the interest in the Blushing Lace Cowl!  I am happy that so many people are still reading (and commenting) at LollyKnitting Around after all these years :)  

I have a winner for the Kidsilk Haze giveaway:  Andrea at Life on Laffer!

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12 Responses

  1. Cheryl

    I have 2 socks on the needles right now, and hopefully more to come. Thanks for starting Socktoberfest, what a fantastic celebration!

  2. Meg

    I’ve never done a mitten to sock transition, but I will say that the pair of socks I’ve made with all over colorwork was made much easier with an afterthought heel. Actually, they were Nancy Bush’s Ukranian Socks (I think that’s the name…. anyway, it was these: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/doubleG/ukranian-socks). If you have access to that pattern, take a look at how she handles the heel. It seems to me that this would be a pretty fool-proof way to deal with that conversion.

  3. Andrea

    Wow! I can’t believe I won! I’m so excited. That cowl looks super cozy and is so pretty. I’m sure once I have it knitted up it will make a great addition to my winter wardrobe. Thank you!

  4. Northern Girl Knits

    Love socktoberfest. Trying to get my crocheted socks going!!

  5. kelly

    I’ve adapted two pairs of socks from a colorwork pattern, it was easy peasy! For the first, I chose a nordic star pattern from a fair isle book and where the repeat fell into my general sock circumfrence of around 62 stitches on size 3 needles. You’ll want to make sure to knit VERY loose on the floats (or keep short ones), since socks need a lot of give and flexibility. I kept the heels, toes and cuffs single colors to help avoid shaping issues.

    You can see them in my ravelry page: kelbel, look for the fair isle socks and leftover step socks in my sock tab.

  6. Josiane

    That Socktoberfest image is adorable! I really should pick up the poor socks that have been sitting unfinished in my knitting basket for way too long… it would be nice to be able to wear them this winter. :)

  7. Mel North

    Great excuse to buy some sock yarn this month! My goal is to knit one pair (two socks, not just one!) this month.

  8. Rebecca

    Yo! Thanks for the comment. I had no idea socktoberfest was a “thing”; last year when I was at the MD renn fest I got the king to hold my sock (!!!). It happened to be Oktoberfest that weekend, so the king didst inquire of me if it was indeed socktoberfest. But of course he wouldn’t be the first to think it up! So thanks for turning me on to the group. I’ve just been knitting my way through Folk Socks one pair at a time, and this month’s pair will probably take some intense work to get through.

    Sadly I do not live in your town anymore :( moved to PA about a month ago. But nice to make your acquaintance!

  9. April

    OH NO! Socktoberfest totally snuck up behind me! Well, I haven’t missed one since the first one, so off to the stash I go!

  10. Jennifer

    I love the graphic, it’s adorable! I too am amazaed at how quickly some people can knit.

  11. Agathe

    I just wanted to let you know I have done another Perseverance Shawl. Thank you so much!

  12. Seanna Lea

    Is it too late? It is almost mid-month and I have definitely finished two pairs of socks last week!

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