Once upon a sock in March 18 – sooo many ankle socks

I have been knitting my little socks off this month (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE, KIDS) – once the Borage socks were done it has all been about getting those two pairs of ankle socks knitted up as samples in time for Travelknitter to take to Edinburgh later this month.

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And… I am done! Thank god. It was lovely working with Larissa’s ultra-gorgeous yarn (I highly recommend it), and the pattern kept my interest for, ooh, at least the first two and a half socks (or three and a half, if you count the test one I knit first). By the time I was on the last one though I was definitely running out of steam, so it was a relief to sew in that final end and get them blocking away. But the good thing is that they’re all ankle socks so overall they knitted up nice and fast.

HOWEVER, I can’t show you all of them yet because the second pair is in that brand-new colourway which is still under wraps. Here’s a preview of the finished red and charcoal ones though (I’m still in love with that red) – and watch this space for a proper FO post as soon as I’m allowed to make all the pictures public.

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The question is now: what socks to knit next? The logical thing is to return to my Twisted Soul socks. For various reasons I’m not sure I can face them right now though, and also there is something percolating in the back of my mind around a fair-isle sock – one in shades of grey but maybe with a pop of colour just beneath the cuff. Hmm. I need to spend some time thinking about what happens next, sock-wise.

Excitingly, this month we have two three four new knitters joining our monthly sockalong posts (and another joining us next month!). So you have MANY other excellent knitting blogs to have a look at for all things sock-knitting-related today. Links below – and I’ll update them to go to specific blog posts once everyone else’s is live.

In other news, it has been a very exciting week since I last posted. After listing my Freedom and cables hat pattern on Ravelry last week, I couldn’t help watching to see how many people were liking and queuing the pattern (such a buzz!). And on Saturday afternoon, emboldened by having already listed one pattern, I thought back to other things I’ve made in the past and remembered my Ombre textured cowl. It is one of the easiest things in the world that I’ve ever knitted, but I wear it a lot and the ombre colours work so well over those textured stitches that I thought other people might like it too. So up it went (you can see ‘all’ both of my pattern listings together here, look!).

Then on Sunday I was doing a bit of admin on the blog, and noticed that the visitor stats for little old felinity knits were up a surprising amount. There’d been a spike thanks to the hat pattern, but suddenly they were going unusually, vertiginously high (like, several times higher than any busy day I’d ever had before in the whole lifetime of this blog). I had a look at Ravelry, and saw that the ombre cowl was getting a lot of likes and queues (and a couple of cast-ons – woohoo!). So then I looked at the pattern homepage on the site and Oh. My. God. I’d hit the ‘hot right now’ top 20! At one point I was in 12th place!

I can’t tell you how much fun Sunday afternoon was (Gareth was dutifully excited for me too, though I don’t think I was able to quite convey exactly a) what Ravelry is, and b) what a big deal it was). Things have calmed down now and my stats are approaching normal levels again, but it was all very exciting for a day or two there.

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12th place baby! Woooooohooo!

I have to admit that the whole process has sparked all manner of creative design thoughts in my head, too. Watch this space!

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats on 12th place! How exciting!

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    1. Thanks! I am still all happy and beaming about it 🙂

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      1. I would be too! Huge achievement. Practically famous!

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      2. I would answer this comment, but I’m afraid you’ll need to speak to my assistant.

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  2. Meg Jones says:

    It’s so exciting re: pattern hits. Well done, you! 😀

    Also, I might have started blogging again myself! https://intergalaticnu.wordpress.com/ There is sock content today but not sure if it is enough sock content for Once Upon a Sock.

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    1. Haha, thank you!

      And there are no rules on volume of sock content for Once Upon a Sock 🙂 Even one extra row suffices. Would you like to join us next month? (so nice to see you blogging again!)

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      1. Meg Jones says:

        Yes, I would very much like to do so. It will be a good reminder to blog/take photos.

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      2. Woohoo! Hopefully the others will see this comment anyway, but I will be sure to let people know before next month 🙂

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  3. Liz M says:

    I’m not sure how to join in with the Once Upon a Sock properly, but I’ve done a post for today, and would like to join in, please?
    Thanks, Liz

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    1. Hey, great! I will add you to my list 🙂

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    2. You are linked! You’ve done all the rest already – just update your links to the others when their posts go live (and, if you want to, include the post header which I’ve got as an image further up the post).

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  4. Stefanie says:

    Ho’omaka’i on the successful launch of your hat pattern and making the top 20! That is fantastic. Yay for two more to our circle. I look forward to seeing their posts. Charcoal looks damn good with that red, sister. Can’t wait to see all the secret stuff.

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Correction in looking back, three to our circle!

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    2. Thank you! I am still buzzing a bit 😀 And the secret socks should at the latest be unveiled by mid-March.

      I am crazy about the charcoal/red combo. It’s making me want to knit everything in those colours.

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  5. Lovely ankle socks and looking forward to seeing what you cast on next! And congrats on all the pattern excitement — so awesome!!!

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    1. It feels very weird not having an active sock project on the go so I am going to have to sort that out pretty swiftly, I think. And thank you 😀

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  6. Oooooh! I love the red and black socks. It makes me want to knit some shorties the next time and use a contrasting heel and toe! Congratulations once again on the Top 20. That is so super awesome 🙂 I know lots of people who want to knit your hat pattern too. I’m so excited for all the new sock knitters joining us 🙂 I saw Meg’s comment and will set a reminder for next month. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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    1. The absolute best thing about ankle socks is that they are so quick! You turn the heel and then boom, you’re done – I definitely recommend.

      Loving have all these people join us this month, hooray! Online knitting pals are the best 😀

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