I just realized yesterday that I haven't posted anything about these socks yet, even though they are moving along. I started these on January 1, a new project for a new year. They're the Ravelry Sockdown Mystery Socks (Rav link) by Fyberduck, and since I'm two clues behind I am not going "spoil screen" them. I'm looking forward to getting to clues 2 & 3, because the results, which I cannot help but seek out before I get to them, are going to look really cute with a pair of backless clogs. I'll give you a hint--it's a Valentine's Day related theme. The black yarn is Louet Gems Fingering weight, and the dark purple is Sundara Sock Yarn in Poppy, leftover from the Poppy Socks that I gave to E___ for Christmas, even though I really, really love them. I chose these colors because Fyberduck let on beforehand that the socks might be related to Valentine's Day, and I wanted low contrast instead of colors that were super themey. As attractive as it is for a single woman in her (very) late 30's to wear hearts, I decided to go with something subtle, and possibly goth-y. 'Cause I'm hardcore goth, you know. (note to self: find out if the phrase "hardcore goth" is something that the kids are saying these days).
I'm knitting these socks on size 1 needles, and the lace is really stretchy so I'm concerned that they might end up a little too loose on top. The concern is compounded by this pair (Rav link) that a friend is knitting that look so tidy and neat because she's a tighter knitter. I know that socks should be tighter for better wear, and I'm not sure when I became such a loose knitter--I think I could use some better tensioning skillz when working with smaller needles. In any case, the black part of the leg feels firmer to me, so I will live with the stretchiness of the lace, and add elastic to the cuff if necessary. Unless I make some other kind of mistake, and rip them all out, in which case I will break down and chart the clues before re-knitting.
I like where the sock is going overall, and I'd like to complete them in time to wear them to Madrona on Valentine's Day. There are (at least) three things to blame for the un-speediness of my knitting, none of which should prevent me from finishing them by mid-Feb:
1. Knitting the socks two at once, which doubles the time to complete clue #1:
2. Starting the Hawk Sawk at the same time
3. Working on my "try to exercise a little" plan. Note that progress towards my monthly Nike+ goal will appear in the sidebar, so far it's going pretty well. I'm using the "Couch to 5K" podcasts, because in May I might be in the right place at the right time to run a 4.2K. I'm looking forward to the tiny children of Prague taunting me as they fly by me, and I'm looking forward to the "Free Czech Beer" after the race. 'Cause nothing says "family run" like Free Czech Beer.