SOCKtober in Full Effect

Please forgive the lack of posts, but I've been a very busy bee lately! Lots of knitting got done, though, which is really all that matters! Let's start with my SOCKtober progress...

I've FINALLY finished my KnitPicks Felici socks in the Mosaic colorway. I think the Socktober excitement was just the push I needed to get them done.
I did end up separating them, though- knitting socks two-at-a-time is just NOT for me. I don't think I'll be trying that again. It just seemed like I wasn't making any progress. I'll stick to knitting my socks one at a time, thank you very much! Second Sock Syndrome ain't got nothin' on me!

I also finished a pair of Agatha socks for the NH Knits Ravelry Group Agatha KAL. I used my MollyGirl Diva yarn from the June Yarnbox Socks shipment. This pattern and yarn were meant to be together! The stitches show up so well, and the sparkle in the yarn adds a touch of glam- making these socks super fancy and just plain gorgeous.
These socks will definitely get a lot of use this holiday season. They just scream Christmas to me! I love how jolly they are.

I've got another pair of Felici socks on the needles at the moment. I finished one and started working on the second, so these will be adding to my Socktober point count for sure. I'm really enjoying working with this yarn, and the Wizard colorway is so cheery.
I did these cuff down with a heel flap and gusset, which has surprisingly been my go to pattern as of late. I'm not quite sure why, but I've been on a cuff down sock kick lately.

As much as I love me some plain vanilla socks for TV knitting and Netflix binges, I think my next socks will need to have some pizzaz. I was thinking of knitting up another pair of Monkey socks, or perhaps a pattern out of the Sock Innovation book. I just feel a Cookie A sock coming on.

I've had goodies aplenty since my last post! I scored a Halloween Kit from Peepaloo Fields, which included a skein of fingering weight yarn in the Cauldron colorway (that glows under black light, how cool is that?), an adorable project bag (with quilted stitching that glows in the dark!), and a gravestone stitch marker to complete the set.
I love everything about this kit- I will most likely cake this up for my next socks- a pair of Cauldron Cookies sounds delightful! I'm sure you'll see this an action shot of this yarn in the very near future.

I also got a neat little triangle project bag from That Purple Girl. I used a Socktober coupon code for a little bit of a bargain, but truth be told- once I saw that it was glow in the dark fabric it was a done deal.
Triangle bags are new to me, but I'm pretty sure this won't be my last. They're just the right size for socks, which we all know I am a huge fan of!

My Red Umbrella Yarn arrived from Megan- this was my prize for winning September's TV Nerd Knits KAL in her Ravelry group. It's simply beautiful- I can't emphasize how lovely the color is! It's rich, saturated green tones, and it looks so pretty knit up.
I'm using it for my October TV Nerd Knits KAL pattern- the Grimes Shawl. I cast on during the season premier of The Walking Dead- it seemed appropriate. So far, so good!
I'll keep working on this in between socks, and during new episodes of TWD. I should still be done by the end of October to submit it for prizes in this month's KAL. I really recommend the pattern, it's working up beautifully with minimal effort (just the way I like it).

Speaking of KAL prizes... Dianne (AKA Suburban Stitcher) announced the winners of the Around Your Neck KAL she hosted over the summer on her last podcast, and as I was knitting away on my sock I heard her say my name! (I may have replayed it a few times just to be sure I wasn't hear-lucinating. I wasn't.) My prize was a free pattern from C. C. Almon (AKA Java Purl), and I chose the Striations shawl.

Since all of the clues for the Summertide Shawl MKAL have been released, I can finally show off my finished shawl... Drumroll please...
Isn't it gorgeous?! I added a picot bindoff to reincorporate the first color back in- and I think it was really worth the extra time it took to complete. I am so pleased with how this turned out. I'm going to be wearing this proudly at Rhinebeck- come say hello!!!


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