While I bide my time waiting to spring the Mystery Team theme on the MDK Giftalong, I’ve signed up with all three of the other teams.
Why not? We only go around once, so we have to grab for the gusto, as they used to say in the old Schlitz commercials. The projects for Team Big (from MDK Field Guide No. 12) and Team Merry Makers (from MDK Field Guide No. 8) are bite-sized knitting snacks that are crammed with gusto. I got this!
For inquiring minds that want to know: I’m knitting a Rubble Hat . . .
. . . and a set of Appleseed Mitts—for starters.
And as for Team Socks, well, you’ve created a monster, Ann. I have gone from being a committed sock-abstainer to a person who has a sock on the go at all times. A person who comes home from any fiber outing—big or small, LYS or two-day festival complete with livestock—with sock yarn, sock blanks, and socks on the brain. It’s a whole new world!
This sock blank was dyed by rolling up actual sunflowers in it, so obviously it had to come home with me. It’s from Gage Hill Crafts.
I’ve absorbed your lesson: never finish a sock without casting on the next sock. This rule has helped me avoid, so far at least [throws salt over left shoulder], the pernicious Second Sock Syndrome.
Straight talk: the only way to avoid Second Sock Syndrome is to knit the damn second sock. Cast it on immediately after you Kitchener or bind off the first sock. No excuses. Cast it on and go.
Early on, I cast on the first sock of a second pair before knitting the second sock from the previous pair, and I was anxious the whole time I was knitting that sock. Never again! Best practices must prevail! Rules are rules.
My latest completed pair (my seventh pair, I think?) is this set of cuff-down beauties in our friend Vicki Mothes’s exquisite hand-dyed Make Do sock yarn. Every time I’ve been knitting on them in public, somebody asks me about the yarn.
This was the last pair I started in late summer. Our weekend of rambles around Rhinebeck gave me the car-knitting time to start and finish the second sock. My default sock size is my size, so these babies are going onto the gift pile labeled “me.”
100 Percent That Stitch
With 13 stitch patterns to choose from in MDK Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, it was bound to happen: I am truly, madly, deeply committed to just one of them.
Basketweave. Page 26.
First sock of Pair No. 8, in a sock blank dyed by Leah of Rhinebeck’s Knitting Garage.
Here are few reasons why basketweave is my sock stitch:
It’s easy to memorize.
It’s easy to read.
It’s easy to count repeats so your two socks come out the same exact size.
It’s easy to count the rows within each repeat, so you always know where you left off, even if you put it down in August and pick it back up in October.
The mix of knits and purls helps even out the warbles, wobbles and splishy-splooshiness of hand-painted yarns.
The fabric is nice and stretchy.
It’s super cute.
Go Team Socks! Go Basketweave!