Monday, October 02, 2006


October is here and it's all about the socks.

Lolly is hosting Socktoberfest, a monthlong celebration of socks. There are no requirements or rules, just a chance to get together, talk about knitting socks, encourage others in their sock projects, and share photos of socks in all stages of progress.

Over at Romancing the Yarn it's not too late to join in the Sock Hop and knit a pair for yourself or maybe that cold-footed fella in your life. Check in daily for updates, tips, and photos of men desperate for a good pair of handknit socks. Those who signed up before October 1 were entered in the Sock Hop Contest and I was excited to find out yesterday that I'm one of the winners! I'll post a picture of my prize when it arrives.

This month, I hope to finish the pair of socks I've been working on for Dennis. I'm now on the fourth attempt because I can't for the life of me seem to get the size right. I'm using Socks that Rock in the Blue Brick colorway and working a 2x2 rib down to the heel.

For myself, I'd like to try knitting a pair toe-up. I have a smallish skein of Socks that Rock Siren Song and it would be hard to know how long to make the leg if I started from the cuff down. I also have extremely wide feet and I suspect that going toe-up would allow me to create a better fit.

Then of course there's the Lorna's Laces in Lorikeet that I've promised for Emma, the Socks that Rock in Celestine that I just got at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival a week ago along with the Cedar Creek socks pattern, and a whole ton of sock yarns just waiting to be used. And let's not forget my prize from the Sock Hop Contest - I'll probably cast it on as soon as it arrives.

Yep, it looks like it's going to be a great month for socks. Here's to Socktober!


Stephanie said...

Socks are so underrated. A good pair of socks can make my day. :)

Sharon Hurlbut said...

And handknit socks are like nothing you've ever worn! In fact, I'm feeling so happy about socks, it might be time for a giveaway here at Field Notes. Keep your eyes open this month and you might just win a pair of handknit socks!

Anne Bauer said...

Handknit socks? What a luxury. Your family is lucky!

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Thanks Anne!! Actually, I think they're getting spoiled. Emma told me the other day that handknit socks are her favorite and that's all she wants to wear. Guess I better get busy...