And the prize goes to…

Yesterday evening, I closed comments on the giveaway post, double checked my list of entries, and used Random.org to draw a winner. There were 330 comments and 472 entries. To everyone who took the time to leave a comment, share on facebook, tweet about it, THANK YOU.

The winning entry was from firegirlpj.

The Red Collection giveaway winner

I’ve already been in touch with the winner!

**SPOILER ALERT FOR MYSTERY SOCK KNITTERS** If you don’t want to see a picture of this year’s Through The Loops Mystery Sock, then go away now!

I have this problem (not unusual for many knitters) where I’m pretty much addicted to casting on even though I already have plenty of things on my plate. Why fight it?  I decided to join the SOCKTOBERFEST party:

red socks

YAY SOCKTOBERFEST! I’ve always celebrated Socktoberfest, but this year I’m actually participating by knitting socks. The pattern is the TTL Mystery Sock 2010 that Kirsten from Through the Loops has been doing for a few years now. It feels crazy and insane knitting a mystery pattern. But there’s already some garter stitch in the design, so I’m a happy knitter.

The yarn is Skinny Bugga from The Sanguine Gryphon. I purchased this almost a year ago at SAFF. The color is Tomato Frog and is just about the perfect shade of red. I’m knitting the large size on size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. Luckily I have two sets of needles in that size, so I split my ball of yarn in half and cast on for the second cuff.

Someone asked for red socks (the only person allowed to ask for socks) for Christmas, so the goal, if I don’t finish in Socktober, is to finish these lovelies by Christmas. I’m pretty optimistic.

How are you celebrating Socktoberfest?

sock love

her socks, just laundered

Yesterday at my mother-in-law’s house, I found a clay bowl filled with the handknit socks that I knit her. It was only surprising because they’re usually on her feet. The story was that she has just washed the socks and they had been hanging on the stove handle, and when she began cooking our dinner she moved them to the bowl.

her socks

Noreen taught me how to mend socks, and when these started wearing thin I gave her the leftover yarn and she darned them herself. They are wearing thin in places and are due for another mend.

her socks

These were knit in Trekking XXL, color 100. I don’t think they make these colors anymore, which is a damn shame because it is one of the best colors ever for socks. Noreen calls them “the green socks” and they are her favorite.

The others were knit in Lorna’s Laces, and she wears them, too, but prefers the Trekking ones.

her socks

The Lorna’s socks haven’t needed mending. The bottoms are fuzzy, but with no apparent holes or weak spots. She owns another pair that were knit in Lion Brand Sock-Ease and of the three pairs, she likes them the least.

I have another pair of socks-in-progress for her, and I really should get to finishing them. No one loves and appreciates their handknit socks more than Noreen. I always say, she would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it, but she would not ever give away her handknit socks.

Speaking of socks, I’m working on a new design! When Elinor announced her new sock contest, it sounded exciting and I was instantly inspired to take up the pins!  In the next couple of weeks, I should be ready to show you! It’s colorwork!

moonshine

Here’s what I’ve been up to, and when I say “what I’ve been up to” I mean, what I’ve been totally obsessed with…dreaming about…planning my days around…you know.

moonshine

This is my hand-dyed fiber, that I spun myself and on Thursday began to knit. It is intoxicating.

The initial plan, that I had in mind before I even bought the fiber, was to make a sweater like one I saw on Flickr many moons ago (on Flickron Ravelry). It wasn’t until I had skeined and washed the yarn that I realized how thin I had made the yarn. Whoopsie. I guess I’m still learning. The yarn screamed at me, “Make socks! Make socks!” So that’s what I’m doing.

handspun

Moonshine socks. I am calling my yarn Moonshine because, well, everyone around said I should call it Sea Glass. I agree that Sea Glass is a descriptive name for this yarn, but it is also too beachy and peachy and cutsie for me. Since I’m now dyeing my own fiber and will be giving it names I figure that the first batch should be representative of how I want to proceed. Moonshine is in honor of a friend, who wrote and recorded a song called Moonshine. A song I blast on the stereo whenever blasting music loudly is appropriate.

My singing-songwriting friend is Sarah LeMieux and she is just an all-around incredible woman. I wouldn’t plug just anybody, so if you’re so inclined you should check her out. Here is a video of a performance from the Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC. If you watch it, you’ll hear Moonshine at the end of the clip. You can also hear the song (and others) on her MySpace page here (that link plays music). I do hope you enjoy!

Now I think I’ll go knit some more on that sock. Intoxicating and somewhat distracting — in a good way — and delicious. Oh, and I’ve dyed more fiber and it has no name yet. Non-peachy suggestions for names are welcome and encouraged.

hand dyed