Last night (ok, early this morning) I finished my first-ever pair of Mystery Socks.
I did this knit-along with the Sock Knitters Anonymous group. A Mystery (fill in the blank) is a knit-along where you don’t know what the finished object is going to look like until you’re done knitting. The pattern was designed by Stephanie Etting who goes by the handle verybusymonkey on Ravelry.
Since we would be getting the pattern in portions I did both socks at the same time. I got the correct gauge on my 3mm needles, so these were knit on one Addi Turbo and one Addi Lace. On March 1st we received the first clue:
Stephanie’s Ravelry avatar (or Ravatar) is an emperor tamarin and I kept seeing those little mustaches in the lace pattern. Clue two was received on March 8th:
That added more length to the leg. Clue three was on March 15th:
Even more length to the leg (these are tall socks!), the heel flap and the heel turn. Finally clue four on March 22nd:
The yarn I used was Regia Silk by Schachenmayr nomotta. It’s a wool/nylon/silk blend and it seems almost too soft. It was getting fuzzy while still on the ball. I also found a knot in one of the skeins. That’s an easy way to make a knitter frown disapprovingly at you. If you’re going to charge $10 for 100g of yarn you really should do the splicing for me. That being said it feels quite nice on my skin and it makes an attractive fabric. They make good dressy socks for cold days.
I also must admit I did more yarn shopping. I was visiting my mom and sister and we went to Silver Creek Cabin in Buffalo. They were in the middle of relocating to their new store so everything was all mixed up and I know some people hate that. But I had a lot of fun digging through the piles. I found three yarns that spoke to me.
If I’m not careful I’m going to lose my reputation as an anti-yarn-snob. Maybe I should go buy some Simply Soft to balance it out.