March 1st, aka the Official Start Date of the KAL, saw me cast-on Jane Murison's "Manhole Socks" which were a delight to knit in the Countess Ablaze "Grey Skies in Manchester". Both these were a gift from Jane herself, my most generous and talented sister-in-law, and had constituted the most recent additions to my un-knit sock collection. The KAL timetable allowed two months per pair of socks and I was thrilled to bits to have completed these ahead of schedule, by mid-April, and looked forward with glee to casting on the next pair.
"Leila's Socks" is a pattern originally written to accompany a children's story book written by my sister: "Hector Hectricity and the Missing Sock" by Elizabeth Lymer. It was my first sock pattern, written to fit Elizabeth's own feet and has not been graded for different sizes – at least, not yet. The original socks are knitted in rainbow colours so it wasn't too difficult to substitute these for a more allsort appropriate range. However, it was a little tricky finding pleasing places to add some black liquorice stripes – although this was nowhere near as hard as staying away from the actual sweeties! Oh my! I dread to think how many bags I've consumed – and suspect that any next KAL should incorporate a run-along too.
After the pressure of designing and knitting the "Ebb and Flow" socks for my retreat day, I was a little "socked out" and, with the large number of sock-projects on the needles, feeling rather over-whelmed: Liquorice Allsort socks, Shelby, Pumpkin Spice, Purl Soho Perfect Fit... This was more than a little disappointing as one of the main aims of the KAL was to prevent such negativity – but this is not an unusual side-effect from my reactive and un-planned cast-ons. Will I ever learn? A little, it seems, for I have (yet) to succumb to the temptation of any new sock yarn, despite the gallant efforts of the "Yarn Tart" (OMG. I might just have to unfollow her IG feed), Pandia's Jewels (have you seen her Pride and Prejudice collection?) and many, many others.