Next Step Sock Knitalong - Day 15

Wow! There are some greaat #NSSkal socks popping up on Instagram (<<< click to see them), Twitter and the Ravelry group as many people complete at least half a pair. With two more weeks to go, there are still more people joining in - so it's not too late if you feel inspired!

Like me, several people have already frogged one pair and finished another and some people are really pushing it to the next step with their techniques including one pair being knit two-at-a-time-one-inside-the-other, traditional Scandinavian 'Twined' knitting and some rather complicated-looking colourwork. Some of the pattern and yarn choices are seriously swoon-worthy, but mine, not so much.... 
NSSkal update - finished Random Socks
My first finished pair, mostly thanks to my solo train journey, are the Random Cotswold Socks made 2-at-a-time using Wendy D Johnson's Gusset Heel Basic Sock pattern in Socks from the Toe Up.  This is a tried and tested pattern for me, but is written one-at-a-time. Perfect "train" knitting. 

The yarn is Regia Design Line Random Stripe "Snappy 2900" by Kaffe Fassett and it has nice colours but I don't love the overall effect. The random thing didn't really work for me, and also there are odd flecks of black which you can see clearly in the main pic above, frankly they look like mistakes/messy knitting so I'm not very happy with those at all. But the socks feel nice, they are comfortable and I'm already wearing them. I'm glad I went for this over something more complicated for my first pair as it was plain-sailing and has boosted my confidence to cast on something else more challenging... although I'm still not sure which pattern to use....

If you're blogging along and would like to share your own NSS kal update for this week, simply add your details below and please link back to this post so your readers can find the others too. 

EDIT: As this is the only Finished Object I managed I'm linking this post with FO Friday


  1. I love your socks and I'm sorry your not in love with them but they do look great and well done on getting them complete and they have now given you the confidence to try something more challenging, can't wait to see what !

  2. I rather like them - but better in your shoes. And are they your shoes?! They are sooooo cute :)

    1. Yes! These are my bargain handmade shoes from eBay - I also have them in red :)

  3. I love the shoes as well! Round toes, I'm a sucker for them... I love your socks, as I've already said. I hope mine will be done soon!

  4. The stripes are fun and you can wear them with anything.

  5. I think your socks look great and I love those shoes!!
    I'm not too keen on my yarn, but as these socks were to get me trying different things I'm not too worried and can splurge on some nice sock yarn for the next pair!!

  6. ooh I think the 'dangerous turns' that I just cast on definitely qualify as a next step.

    The cables had me beat two nights ago, this may be the motivation I need to have round 2 tonight!

    I love the stripes.

  7. I like them, but I can see what you mean about the black bits. Funnily enough, I posted about my own disappointing socks today!

  8. ooh those are gorgeous socks (and i love those shoes - where did you get them?) have a creative friday xx

  9. I love your stripey socks I'm just not brave enough to attempt making my own.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Ali x

  10. Amazing socks! The stripes looks so bright.

    Here's my FO:

  11. Oh, I LOVE those socks! You did a beautiful job too! If you don't like them you can send them too me! LOL! They look so cute with your Mary Janes. Did you see last week I copied Wendy's pattern thanks to you and it will be the pattern I use for that method. Thanks also for the tip about the markers. You can't see it in the picture but trust me there are a few places where it forced a big stitch compared to my regular knitting. I'm lazy, I just want to knit along happily and not worry about what my markers are up to! LOL! Thank you so much for having this group! It's already helping me.

  12. So happy with the result! :-) Thanks for hosting!

  13. The shoes and socks combo is mega cute!!

  14. Another one in love with the shoe/sock combo! Those shoes are made for showcasing socks :)

  15. They are gorgeous though! And I love your shoes aswell. I'll have to find me some of them so I can finally show my socks off :)


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