Surprise, Surprise: A Completed Pair of Mystery Socks

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s very true that I love trying new things. New dyers, new bases, new colors — if it’s new-to-me I’ll usually try anything at least once in my crafting. In fact, I think my drive to try new things in my craft-life is part of what makes me as prolific as I am because I never get bored. Also, because I’m never afraid to try new things, I often find some of the loveliest yarns and colors out there. That said, my budget and time isn’t limitless and there is a fair bit of picking and choosing behind the scenes here. I follow a lot of artisans on social media and usually I’m pretty calculating as to when I decide to take something home. And sometimes, my priorities go out the window and I do something on a whim, just for fun.

A few weeks ago, I entertained one such whim. I noticed an indie dyer I’d had my eye on for quite some time, Narwhal Needlework, was hosting a fun little knitalong. The Mystery Skein Sock Knitalong required that you order a skein of yarn using the Mystery Skein listing (sold at a 10% discount for the event) and knit a pair of socks before October 1. Now I’d been dreaming of a skein of Planet Earth or Dr Watson’s Pullover for a while, but the idea of a surprise skein totally overwhelmed all sensibilities and I decided to order my mystery skein and join the KAL. I just love yarn surprises.

What I got was neither of the skeins I’ve been drooling over, but this one…

IMG_0613Chocolate Raspberries in the Squishy Sock base. This base is a 75/25 Superwash Merino Wool/Nylon yarn that is exactly what it says it is — squishy! And it comes in generous 462yd hanks.

Now I’ll admit that I kind of was hoping & half convinced that fate would deliver my mystery skein in the form of Planet Earth or Dr Watson’s Pullover, but — surprise, surprise — that didn’t happen. The reality though did not disappoint. In fact, it was awesome and inspiring to get a colorway I totally didn’t expect. It’s not the type of color I’d usually pick for myself and that’s really the root of why I love surprise skeins — they allow me to expand my palette and teach me to fall in love with a lot of things I wouldn’t normally even take the time to try. This skein of Chocolate Raspberries really kind of blew my mind — in a good way!

As a new-to-me dyer, I really didn’t know how this skein would knit up, but I knew straight away that I wanted to do a pattern with slipped stitches. I have no idea why exactly, I just had a feeling it would be a good match. After a little research, I picked the Atlantic Current Socks pattern by Melissa Sibley.

IMG_0636I was instantly pretty happy both with how easy the pattern was and how it looked.

weekend knittingI did skip the pattern instructions for the heel and just subbed in my favorite slipped stitch heel flap…

heel And I just did my standard toe decreases as well…

toeIt turns out that little slipped stitch detail…

legWell, it did turn out to be a pretty darn good match for this yarn.

choc & raspberriesI just love how these turned out. And isn’t the dyeing lovely?! Three cheers for trying new things!

I will admit that with a full sock drawer at my disposal, I’m thinking I will tuck these away in my cedar chest for the foreseeable future. I love, love, love how these turned out, but these brownish greys and pinks are so my daughter’s colors. I may just set them aside for when my daughter’s feet grow into them. We shall see.

Whether I wear them tomorrow or save them for my girl to grow into them, I’m so glad I participated in this little Mystery KAL and I so love the socks I have to show for it. Plus, I found a new yarn base & a new dyer to love. What a wonderful experience this whole little whim of a knitalong was — it really does pay to try new things!

11 responses to “Surprise, Surprise: A Completed Pair of Mystery Socks

    • You are totally *not* the only one with that problem! I should write a blog post explaining the tricks I employ for avoiding those little holes! I will add that to my list!

    • This shop is very new from what I can tell, but she’s been adding colorways steadily. If you’re on Instagram, I highly recommend following her — it’s a fun way to stay up-to-date on her colorways!

  1. Nice! I know what you mean about there being so much to choose from, and a rather limited quantity of dollars with which to indulge. šŸ™‚ My niece just tried to convince me that it would be quite a savings if I got a bunch of angora rabbits and spun my own yarn. Sooo tempting, but it would lead to so much more, soon there would be sheep running around, and cashmere goats…

    • LOL! Thank goodness I live in town and I’m not allowed to have these kinds of animals for multiple reasons! Mostly, though, because if anything my husband is more rancher than farmer at heart and would never stand to be tied to one spot to care for farm animals. šŸ™‚

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