Challenge update

It’s been just over two weeks since starting the knee high Kalajokis, and there are about two and a half weeks to go until the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. I imagine there have probably been some sleepless nights as people worry about the status of my socks. Fear no more, for here is an update!

The left sock rises

Last week I finished the right sock. The speed with which the first sock was finished caught me completely by surprise, particularly given I’m having so much trouble remembering the ‘river’ ribbing. My inability to remember the pattern is another surprise; with the number of times I have knit and reknit the socks with Bendigo Woollen Mills Allegro, you’d think I’d be able to knit these socks in my sleep…

You put your right leg in...

The Patonyle 8ply I’m using is lovely and soft, but I probably prefer Allegro for this pattern. Allegro’s tight crepe construction just feels sturdier, and the ribbed ‘river’ pops out a bit more. That said, I’m really happy with how the socks are turning out in Patonyle; they’re thick (perhaps even too thick for my boots) and warm, and it’s a really great red.

Progress on the second sock feels slow, but that’s probably because my mind is wandering to the next project. As fun as socks have been, it’s time I made myself a jumper. Or a cardigan. Or a different cardigan. Or a summer top

8 Responses to “Challenge update”

  1. Debs (rav: newdknit) Says:

    You make me laugh!

    Love the socks and love your new projects 😀

  2. drk Says:

    these are so amazing! what a stunning pair of socks thee are going to be. while i completely understand that the only way to get a pair of socks finished is to, you know, knit them, im a big fan of multiple WIPs. i usually have socks, some lace and a garment on the go at once. its all about the balance right?!

  3. Rachel Says:

    Emma, these are just lovely (you know how much I love red). I LOVED the Noro stripey socks too – beautiful. Big fan of the Paulie cardigan…

  4. Lynne Says:

    They’re looking good and they’ll soon be done.

  5. Maya Says:

    These are really amazing! I love the design and they look great in red

  6. Leonie Says:

    Lovely 🙂

    Can’t wait to see them in person.

    Bendi here we come!

  7. Anne (I should be sleeping) Says:

    They do look gorgeous and smooshy!
    I too am a fan of your Noro socks- love your blog 🙂

  8. bells Says:

    oh my lord. Oh wow. Breathtaking. I wasn’t losing sleep over the first one but my goodness I think I might be over the second one. FINISH! FINISH!

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