A few weeks ago, I heard about a free mystery sock knit-a-long being hosted by the Knitters Brewing Company. This was just the kick in the pants I needed to get my Firecracker socks finished and off the needles. It was hard to wait for the KAL to start! Although I was tempted (as I always am) to buy their kit for the KAL, I controlled my desire to own every ball of sock yarn in the world, and instead selected a pretty little colorway from my stash: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in “Queen Anne.”
I made a shawl out of Shadow Tonal in “Queen Anne,” so I knew I loved the color already. (Actually, that was a mystery KAL project too! Interesting….)
Anyway, back to the mystery socks. Clue #1 came out right on time, and everyone dove in. The socks are toe-up, so I used Judy’s magic cast-on and magic-looped through the nifty twisted-stitch toe pattern with stately aplomb. I finished one toe, and decided that I really needed to do two-at-a-time with this pattern. Usually I hate having two socks on my ML at a time, because the “extra” sock drags at my needles. That’s because socks are often my “take-a-long” project, and I sometimes knit standing up or even walking! But, since these socks will be worked on in quick weekly bursts, it seemed like that wouldn’t be a problem. Also, I really wanted to have them DONE and wearable when the last clue came — and not have a whole second sock staring me in the face. So, a rare bird in my knitting life: two at a time socks:
Impatiently I waited for the next clue …. and waited … and waited … until Clue #2 was released a whole day early! Yippee! I got right to work. A few rows in, I decided I just couldn’t handle the written instructions. I’m more of a “chart girl” you see — I like to see where I am in the pattern, and written instructions just can’t do that. So, I stopped and made my own chart. After that I flew along at warp speed. The twisty stitches are fun and pretty too, and even though my yarn choice is colorful, the tonal nature allows the stitch pattern to shine through:
Now I’m waiting again — browsing the KBC forum, which has multiple threads devoted to this KAL. I always love the community aspects of participating in a knit-a-long, and this time is no exception.
Speaking of which … it’s not too late to join in! Grab some sock yarn, print out the first two clues, and catch up before Friday’s Clue#3 (or maybe Wednesday? Pppppplllllease?).