Knit-A-Long frenzy

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My how the time certainly does fly.  It’s hard to imagine that we’re almost finished with January, 2013 already!  I feel like I blinked last summer and woke up 6 months later.

Since my announcement back in October that I wanted to have this blog take a turn for the crafty, I’ve been doing lots of knitting. And then I knit some more. 🙂

Through the smart-phone social networking wonder that is Instagram I have come across the most wonderful group of folks who love to knit, crochet, and spin even more than I do! Hard to imagine, I know. I’ve been so inspired by all the wonderful projects and colors, it was just what I needed to get my behind in gear! {now I just need to make my blog schedule and stick to it!} As part of this community I’ve been able to join a few Knit-A-Long projects, or KAL’s as they’re called in the knitting world.

The most recent is hosted by Sarah, the clever mind behind Crafts from the Cwtch. This project is called the “Next Step Sock” knit a long (or #NSSkal for all of you instagram junkies like myself), the idea being that everyone has either knitted, or wants to knit socks. Rather than everyone knitting the same pattern, as is the usual format for a KAL, everyone is knitting socks that challenge their current level. Some people are making their first ever socks in basic pattern to learn new techniques like gussets and turning heels, some people are making the most beautifully intricate color-work socks, and everything in between.

Because I’m taking 7 credits this semester and working full time (I’m crazy, I know), I decided to do a basic sock with a twist. I’ve made several pair of socks before, all in the standard top-down construction with little to no flair, besides the awesome color changes that happen in variegated sock yarn, so Socks on a Plane was the perfect pattern for me. It uses a toe-up construction and has a simple cable up the side. Just enough to learn something new and yet not be overwhelming. Justin has been working in one of the schools as a paraprofessional, so these are going to be his ‘congrats on the new gig’ socks. Here’s my progress so far: (sorry the cable is hard to see, I’m still trying to figure out how best to photograph dark yarn)
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For those of you out there interested in joining in on the fun, do it! You’ll be glad you did (and if you live somewhere cold your toes will thank you)! You can join our Ravelry group for lots of tips and pointers, and if you’re on Instagram be sure to tag your photos #NSSkal.

Happy Knitting! 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Knit-A-Long frenzy

    • Thanks Kepanie! I was ready to throw the project out the window when I was casting on (note to self, casting on toe-up socks with dpn’s is not as easy as it might seem), but now that it’s got some length I’m really loving it 🙂

    • Thanks Terra 🙂 I do love knitting socks, I think there’s something soothing about how they take shape so quickly. I can’t wait to finish this pair to start a pair for me using magic loop. It should be a fun adventure!

    • Thanks Regula 🙂 I usually knit in very bright and funky colors, but since there are for the boyfriend who is pretty fussy about black/grey socks with black shoes I figured he needs a little time to be broken into all of the wonderful colors of sock yarn that are out there 🙂

    • Thanks Word Lily 🙂 I am really loving this pattern, it’s simple enough to work up quickly, but yet the toe-up construction (which is my first attempt) and cable are enough detail to keep me from getting distracted by other patterns.

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