Usually in October I take part in Blogtoberfest. Not this year. I’m going away a couple of times and I think I’ll just find it all too hard. So I was scouting around for one of the other Octoberfest ideas to jump into and it struck me that my sock knitting is in need of renewal.
For the last year, I’ve only knit plain socks. Plain socks are great. They’re a way to show off variegated or striping yarns to their best advantage. They’re great for all the commuting and socialising we do where we want to keep our hands busy. They’re fast and effective and to be honest, I think they’re the best to wear.
But they get a little repetitive after a while. I’ve got two plain pairs on the go and they’ll keep me company on the bus, but I need something new and exciting. DrK talked recently about being a bit over cardigans after winter and I have to agree. I’ve been feeling the sock and shawl urge for a few weeks and so Socktoberfest feels like the way to go. I’ve never done it before. Lolly Knitting Around has run it for years and so I think it’s time I embraced the fun.
I dived into my stash two nights ago, determined to come out with something I’d forgotten I had. I came out with a deep shade of purple Wollmeise 80/20! What a find! I’ve never made Wollmeise socks – only a shawl – and so the time is well overdue to give this stuff a go.
I have all these sock books I’ve never used because of the plain knitting jag I’ve been on. So those came out of hiding too. This is the Riding on the Metro pattern from Wendy Johnson’s inspiring ‘Socks from the Toe Up.’ So far, I’m having fun. It’s not overly complex lace so it doesn’t feel like jumping in at the deep end after so long on plain socks. It feels fun and free. This was an impulsive knit – you know the kind? One you haven’t planned. One that takes you by surprise. One that you’re doing JUST BECAUSE. Can’t beat that. Especially not in purple wollmeise.
But I’m scouting around for other patterns to get my toes stuck into this month. Are you participating in Socktoberfest? What are you working on or planning? Let’s hear it for ideas!