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New November socks in progress! They’re just the most cheerful shade of golden yellow ever.

The pattern is called Penuche Twist Socks but I’m calling my pair Bachateo Twist. It’s a fun pattern so far. In case you’re wondering, the yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids in the color wheat.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, pumpkin pie, and of course, The Creature from the Black Lagoon!

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Pattern: Oktoberfest Socken (my own design)
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) in colorway Midnight Blue
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm
Rating: Love love love!

My October synesthesia socks turned out great! You may recognize these socks as the Brezel Socken design from this past May. My original pair used a medium weight sock yarn which as it turns out I’m not super keen on. However I liked the cable detail so much I thought I’d try again using a lighter weight yarn.

This yarn is absolutely decadent! It’s extremely soft and cozy, and the colorway “Midnight Blue” reminds me of my favorite pair of blue jeans. So yeah, I’m pretty happy with my October synesthesia socks. Too bad I can’t keep them, though I do foresee a pair for ME in the future…

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Lovumba remix!

I’m not entirely sure how this happened but I finished my September socks in record time. I have no explanation other than it was aliens.

Pattern: Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila.
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in the colorway Rouge BATIK.
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm

I named this project Lovumba Remix after the song by Daddy Yankee. But of course, you say!

I loved knitting these socks. Heck, I may even knit a third pair some day… Stranger things have happened.

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My August socks are finally done! I lost all motivation for these socks partway through, not to mention that I put them down for a few weeks to knit some computer monsters (which were a big hit). So it is my pleasure to finally show off the socks that took waaaaay too long to knit.

Pattern: Freshet, my own design, this pair named Freshet: El Regreso
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes, colorway Sage Batik
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)

I’m currently working on another pair of Paraphernalia socks in red for September, and I’m almost done! These socks are fast and fun, I recommend the pattern.

Last night I picked up a project that has been hibernating for a few years. It’s a blanket I designed eons ago called Hanket. The problem with blankets knit from the center out is that when there are 396 stitches on the needles, it takes forever to knit one round. I’m using Cascade Ecowool and the plan is to knit on the blanket until I run out of yarn or stamina, whichever happens first. (My bet is on stamina…)

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Oh sure, these guys may look sweet and innocent with those big eyes and snaggle tooth, but I tell you, they’re always up to no good. They crash my computer, delete important files, and unplug all my cables. And every chance they get, they steal my iPod and listen to reggaeton. Gee, I wonder where they picked up such a questionable taste in music? Ahem, well don’t look at me…

Pattern: Cecil the Computer Monster by Rebecca Danger from her book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool) in maroon, orange, lime, and Puget Sound.
Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm
Notes/mods:
I changed up the striping on the legs and arms. I also decided against plastic safety eyes because I’m giving these monsters away to my friend’s kids. The eyes and teeth are just pieces of felt that I sewed on with thread and a sewing needle. Surprisingly, assembling these monsters was much easier than I thought it would be.

I think I’m all monstered out for now, but I do hope to make some other little creatures from Ms. Danger’s book in the future.

p.s. The title of this post, The Gigo Effect, refers to a musical about computers that I was in during the 4th grade. Best musical EVER! I sang in the chorus and also had one line to recite. My friend was a computer glitch and ran amok on the stage shaking pom-pons. Ahhh, yes… this is the age of computers.

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socks? what socks?

Yes, I realize that my August socks are far from being finished. But I can explain. See, I got sidetracked by two adorable Cecil the Computer Monsters which will be gifts for my friend’s kids. All that’s left to do is stuff them, sew on the appendages, the eyes and the teeth (err, tooth). Then I’ll do a proper photo shoot.

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Pattern: Maurice Moss socks (my own design for the month of July)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway espresso batik (80% Merino, 20% Nylon)
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)
Rating: I am so happy to be finished with these socks. That’s a rating, right?

Notes: I’m quite happy to be done knitting these socks. The espresso batik colorway is gorgeous but extremely dark. I had sit under just the right lighting in order to see the stitches properly. And man-sized socks take forever to knit, yo.

In contrast, I seem to be sailing through my August Freshet: El Regreso socks.

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