Unmysterious Socks

This past October, I flirted with the idea of knitting Kirsten Kapur‘s yearly mystery sock, but I had several other projects going. I liked the idea of a mystery knit-a-long, but I got as far as knitting the cuffs before I realized that what I really wanted to do was just go back to my other projects and knit last year’s mystery sock later, when I felt like I had time. Her 2009 mystery sock had been calling my name for a long time — I love the rippling lace! — and I figured there was no reason I couldn’t knit it, you know, a year and a half late. Hey, the pattern is still free!

I was very happy with this decision — these were a quick but engaging knit, allowing me to meet my goal of knitting at least two pairs of socks this winter… sort of. If you count April as winter. Here in southern California, it is still wintering pretty hard — where “wintering” = low 60s and raining. But seriously, what’s great about Kirsten’s mystery sock patterns (apart from the fact that they’re free), is that since she releases them in four separate parts — cuff, leg, foot, toe — each part of the sock has something interesting and different going on. These were a lot of fun to knit, and her other mystery socks (check on Ravelry!) look equally entertaining.

The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy, in the Dusky Aurora colorway. I’ve had it in my stash for over a year; I picked it up at Knitty City in NYC on a trip I made there last summer. It’s a great sock yarn, stretchy but strong. I was particularly impressed by the dye job, which you can see best in the first photograph — the colors move around but don’t pool, and the range of blues, greens, and purples coexist in harmony rather than fighting with each other.

I’m thrilled that these socks will be warming my toes until the warm weather shows up. And coming up soon, I’ll have some more handspun yarn to show you. Happy spring, everyone!

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5 thoughts on “Unmysterious Socks

  1. wow, they are so lovely! they give me something to aspire to! I love the leaves over the foot, you are so clever! I’ve seen that colour smooshy on yarn harlots blog and I’m loving the colours, we don’t get that here in NZ so I’m going to have to have a hunt on the net…
    Looking forward to seeing your handspun!

  2. Gorgeous socks! I have to remember to get to Knitty City before I leave NY because I have a Groupon.

    I really want to try more sock knitting! I made one fairly successful pair before knitting (two at a time!) a dramatically oversized pair that I frogged. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do ankle socks to try to get my mojo back (especially since I discovered the two skeins I was using to knit that pair are like sisters rather than identical twins, and one of the sisters sat in the sun for too long and got faded? oh, that analogy got weird.).

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