Thursday, 31 January 2013

Next Step Sock Knitalong - Day 8

If you saw yesterday's blog post or visited the Ravelry group recently, you'll probably have guessed that my socks from last week have been ripped out ("frogged") for being too big. Having determined not to continue with the pattern I was using (Tuscany by Melissa Morgan-Oakes), I'm not sure what to replace it with. I'd like something a little more interesting but not too fancy - plain-ish socks are my preference. So I'm compiling a shortlist - there are several contenders - and will cast on again with the lovely Stash Addict yarn at the weekend. 

NSSkal day 8 update: All change
In the meantime, I've started another pair with the tried and trusted Gusset Heel Basic Socks by Wendy Johnson. Two-at-a-time on a circular needle again, but with a new ChiaoGoo and some Regia/Kaffe Fasset RANDOM STRIPING yarn!!!!!! Those who have known me for some time will appreciate this is quite a departure - I'm a massive fan of "matchy matchy" and went to some lengths to ensure that my first socks striped identically. So far there are similar black stripes at certain points so they don't seem totally random - each time there is a matching stripe I breathe a huge sigh of relief. The ChiaoGoo needle was purchased to compare with the Addi Lace I usually use for hexipuffs/sock type projects so there'll be a post on that soon too. 

Despite my own lack of progress, other participants are making beautiful socks and helping one another out with pattern issues, technique tips and providing general support on the Ravelry group and Instagram. It's lovely to be part of such a kind and helpful group and I'm delighted to see that there are still more people joining us - if you're still thinking about it you can find the details here. You can also view updates on Twitter and Instagram using the tag #NSSkal.

If you're a blogger and you'd like to add a link to your progress update, feel free to use the Linky below and please link back to this post for your readers to visit the other participants too.


  1. Non-matching socks?! That's quite a departure for you - I hope you end up liking them! Personally I love it when they don't completely match, they feel more personal to me ;)

    Sorry you had to frog the others, but I think it was the right call.

  2. That yarn is wicked. I quite like my no identical ones and like yourself it is most unlike me but there is something satisfing about watching one work in revers to the other and awaiting the next colour as you knit! :)

  3. I'm not a big fan of non-matching socks either, but it looks nice with the black stripes! :)
    Such a shame you had to rip them out though! X

  4. Nice yarn - have linked to my blog to show my progress ♥

  5. I'm not a big fan of non-matching socks either, but it looks nice with the black stripes! :)
    Such a shame you had to rip them out though! X

  6. Your yarn is one I'd love to have. I'm not completely happy with non-matching socks either. But you never know how the colour changes are designed until you see them. Happy kal! And thanks for hosting it. Regula

  7. I love the new stripey ones you have cast on!! I haven't the patience for matching up my stripes, I like the jauntiness of un-matching socks :)
    Dani x

  8. Ooh, I want to get me some of that yarn!

  9. I'm with @littlebobbins! There's too much knitting I want to do so I don't bother with matchy-matchy socks. I can see why you would though. The new yarn is absolutely beautiful. I've never been able to find a good striping yarn that I actually like so I'm quite envious of yours.

  10. Awww! Sorry you had to frog. That is such a bummer as I know you were super hyped when you had started. This colorway is really cool. You particular about matchy matchy? But you're such a rebel!

  11. Joining in with my blog this week! I had to frog my first sock as well this week!

  12. I've been hating the fact that mine don't match, infect, they look like are from totally different colour ranges! I did try running them through to he same point yo begin, but they are obviously not ordered, ah well....I too will have non-matchy-matchy socks!

    Love your yarn, much better colours than mine (another thing I've stuffed up!) looking forward to what comes next.x

  13. I like the matching-but-not-matching sock yarn :D I'm not a big fan of things not matching either, but this is close enough where it wouldn't drive me batty.

    What do you think of the chiagoos? I have a pair and I like them more than the Addis I usually use. I find them more affordable, have a pointier tip, and the cord doesn't kink like the Addis do.

  14. Gorgeous yarn, I look forward to seeing what pattern you end up choosing. I had to frog all mine too, so frustrating !!! Deb x

  15. They look lovely, I gave up trying to match my ends to match the stripes!!
    I had to frog one of mine back quite a few rows, so am not very happy with myself!! I knew it didn't look right!!

  16. Your yarn is great! I think it would be a challenge for me as well, the non matching socks! But these do look cute!


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