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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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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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I give up. I spent 2 weeks furiously charting stitch patterns and dreaming up sock designs only to scrap everything and start the Freshet socks again. sigh

I’m calling my August socks “Freshet: El Regreso”. Here is sock #1 in a lovely sage batik colorway by Fiber Optic. This is the 4th pair of socks I’ve knit this year in Fiber Optic yarn and I can’t say enough lovelies about this stuff.

I never did finish Markus’ July socks. It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk today so I reckon he won’t be needing wool socks anytime soon.

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