Monkeys and more

My Monkey socks are finished!

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They took way too long! I do better when socks are KALs and therefore have deadlines!
Having finished the socks, I finally had (my own) permission to start a secret project which will reach the recipient late, due to its late start!!

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For the super secret project, I casted on 396 stitches. I hope. It took quite a while, and while I knitted the first few rows, I quickly realized that a 24 inch circular needle isn’t enough to accommodate these stitches. Time to upgrade!

And an unofficial knitting challenge

In addition to the ‘official’ stash exchange challenge, I’ve also challenged myself to knit up some lonely sock yarn that has appeared at our stash exchange for about 3 years in a row!  I decided to knit it up right away so there will be no chance of it returning.

I would it up the day after the exchange, and casted on two days later.  I decided on the sock pattern “Monkey” by Cookie A., as I’d knitted it before and found it a fun and quick knit.  It also looks cute in variegated yarn, which is what I scored at the stash exchange.

I casted on at knit night last night, and at the end of the evening it looked like this:

Shlogging through the ribbing...

Shlogging through the ribbing…

After spending most of today in bed watching Harry Potter and knitting on and off (I think my on/off cold has turned into a sinus infection), I have this:

The fun part!

The fun part!

The pattern is fun to knit– it’s interesting enough not to bore me, but it’s not so difficult that I have to look at the pattern too much to make fast progress.

PS- the yarn is Lorna’s Laces Sock (striped or multi?  I don’t know) in the colorway Daffodil.