Monthly Sock Challenge : 3 of 12

Earlier in the year, Vibeke hosted a Color Swap. My partner was the lovely Anu who sent me a package packed full of gray colored treasures, including a skein of Knitlob's Lair yarn. I quickly scanned Ravelry for a pattern to suit the yarn and Kalajoki seemed like the perfect fit--a Finnish pattern for a Finnish yarn! Except, the pattern called for sport weight, not fingering. So, I abandoned the idea, investigated other patterns, but nothing felt right. I always have trouble getting gauge on smaller needles so, in the beginning of October, I decided to just experiment a bit and found that I might be able to make a lighter weight work. As I went on the fit wasn't quite right, the fabric was knitting up looser than a sock should be since I bumped up in needle size, but, again, I remained hopeful I could make it work. (Beside, the monthly deadline was approaching fast.) I was near the end of my second sock when I realized what was supposed to be the left foot was actually a second right foot! I took it as a sign and ripped out all my work and started fresh, on smaller needles, two-at-a-time (to be sure I was knitting a sock for each foot.) Plus, I'd rather have been late and missed my deadline than have a pair of socks that didn't fit right. I managed to finish these with a couple days to spare and have two (a right and a left) socks that I love. 

My November socks will be a gift pair in a (mercifully) bulky weight! Hopefully it helps me carve out a little extra knitting time to finish up other projects. And I'm impressed with all the socks you've been knitting up! They look so great! And I drew the winner of the first giveaway for a $25 Etsy gift card and it is Melissa. Keep submitting to the linky, in a couple months, I'll do another giveaway!