10/1/08 Clue 1 Cuff
10/8/08 Clue 2 Leg
10/15/08 Clue 3 Eye of Partridge heel & turn
10/22/08 Clue 4 Foot
10/29/08 Final Clue Toe
Recommended for the project is 100 grams of sock yarn, solid or semi-solid or variegated that isn’t too wild. The Pattern is written in 4 sizes using a 56, 60, 64 or 68 stitch cast on. Knitters have a choice of knitting up a basic or cable pattern.
As I got closer to finishing up my Adirondack Mystery Sockalong yesterday, I cast on 64 stitches for my Socktoberfest mystery socks, in Size Zero magic loop, two-at-a-time. By this evening, I was all caught up. Clue 3 is completed.
Who knows. If I stay on course, I may even win two skeins of Colinette Jitterbug and a copy of Kirsten’s brand-new hat pattern Joni, courtesy of generous Linda. Three winners will be drawn randomly from knitters who finished and posted photos of their KAL socks. Since Kirsten is posting last part of the pattern on 10/29, I have until 11/29 to finish my socks and post a picture. It sounds doable.
The lovely pattern is well-written, designed, and executed. Once the foundation row is set, the rest of the pattern flows naturally, easily memorized. Knitting up is a breeze. Unfortunately, the type of fine-gauge yarn and tiny needles chosen for the sockalong did not show off the glorious eye of partridge heel. Wish I had chosen a mild, variegated yarn instead of this splitty cotton blend!
I’ve been a die-hard, short-row heeler with increased gussets and concealed wrapped stitches (which goes well with being a toe-upper, too.) It’s nice to change it up every now and then; especially if it contributes to the design of the socks. Besides, this type of heel is a lot of fun to knit up and much easier to accomplish for a new sock knitter. So, I may have to start modifying my sock-knitting habits slightly.
I am having lots of fun with these socks and am eager for next clue. In the interim, I am itching to cast on another pair of Mystery Sockalong started back in September. Main criterion is at least 75% of the socks has to be in Orange. So, what am I waiting for?