Monday, October 02, 2006

I (along with thousands of others) have joined Socktoberfest

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Unfortunately I won't be able to take advantage of it to start a new pair of socks or to finish off all those pairs for which I have one sock done through the heel, as much as I really, really want to. I will be using it as impetous to knit the Christmas stockings I'm making for my parents and brothers this Christmas. Let's see if I can make one a week and be done before I even return to Seattle! This seems really unreasonable, but I seem to remember that Mark's only took two or three days. I'm making these on... sort of the same pattern. I'm not totally happy with the proportions of the foot and the top flap on Mark's, so I'll be adjusting those a little bit. To help find the right flap proportion I'll be knitting these from the toe up. I'm also doing  different colors and pictures, and using smaller yarn. This time I'll be knitting with Brown Sheep Worsted instead of Lopi, so they should be a bit more reasonably sized. I'll have a light blue/white one with bells on it, a white/light blue one with a skier, a red/green one with a Christmas tree, and a green/red one with a reindeer. Last night I worked out three of the charts (though I'm still not totally happy with the bells) and as much of the pattern as I could in advance, and started by knitting a red toe. Unfortunately, I had to rip out half of it this morning, but I'm still feeling pretty good about my timeframe.