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Today’s color, Cupid, is a slightly darker version of yesterday’s color.

There are stripes after the heel, but they aren’t really visible, although they do show up a bit better in the picture. They still need to have the ends woven in and be washed, but they are off the needles, which always feels like a victory.

As I type after the fact, I could have waited for tomorrow’s color, and if it had higher contrast I could have treated Empusa and Cupid as the same color and continued the stripes that way. I suppose that I still could. If that seems like the right choice tomorrow, I can always pull out today’s work, but since I cast off one pair of socks and knit the toes for the next pair, it seems unlikely.

My sweater swatch is dry, and I think I have my sizes selected. For gauge purposes, I should probably go up a needle size for one of the sweaters, but I like the fabric produced by the needle I used for the swatch, so I will stick with it and measure frequently. I also discovered that one sweater has a body length of 19 inches. I usually stop in the range of 16 inches. Three inches of fabric definitely decreases the amount of yarn I need, so I am feeling more confident about my odds of winning at yarn chicken.

I am hoping that the weather improves tomorrow so that I can get some better pictures in natural light, but I think there is at least one more gray, rainy day in the forecast.

At least it is good knitting weather.

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By the time I had finished the knitting for Soctober, Day 3, it was really too dark to take pictures. Who ordered full dark by 6:30 p.m.? I know, I know. It’s only going to get worse, especially after the clock change in November.

The irony, however, is that it is even more gray and rainy today than yesterday, so photography conditions aren’t much improved. Working with what I’ve got, I present progress from yesterday.

Day 3’s color is Empusa. I had to go look up who she is in mythology, and I invite you to do the same if you don’t know who she is. (I should have mentioned at the beginning that the theme of this “advent” box is Greek mythology, but the color names may have already tipped you off.)

I continued the striping sequence and decided to go ahead and use Empusa for the heel rather than waiting for today’s color (which I think is a good plan because, spoiler alert, there isn’t much contrast between the colors for day three and day four). On the second sock I ran out of Medusa one round short of finishing a stripe, but I found a reasonable supplement in my stash — so reasonable, in fact, that you can’t even see the difference.

Two socks, almost alike

There is enough Empusa left for one more stripe after I introduce the color for day four, so today’s decision will be whether to finish this pair as ankle socks or wait and see what day five brings. At the moment I am leaning toward ankle socks. (I know. There’s that suspense again.)

As of the end of day three

Meanwhile, in sweater news, I do have a yarn option which might work for ghosts, but I have this marvelous orange yarn I really want to use, and it is more suited to leaves than ghosts. The leaf option also gives me the opportunity to use some yarn which was purchases for a different project which is never going to happen. I knit a swatch which looks promising. I like the fabric, and I think that the gauge will be close enough. Yardage might be a bit of an issue. Based on the pattern’s numbers, I don’t have enough. Based on my personal sweater knitting experience, I should have enough. I may have to get creative with color usage, but I accept the yarn chicken challenge.

Oh, and I might actually tackle two sweaters. The second one is Witchling from Dragon Hoad Designs (the dyer of the “advent” sets also designs patterns which I love). It’s another yarn chicken challenge based on the numbers on the pattern, but (a) I think I see a part of the pattern which I would make shorter than called for and (b) I found a supplemental skein. Patterns are just guidelines, right? Right.

I’ll be back later to report on Socktober, Day 4.

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Two days in a row! I am not sure if that is a victory, exactly, but it feels like a good start.

Today’s color, Medusa, is similar to yesterday’s … almost too similar. I am knitting 3-row stripes of each color, and at some points it is a little difficult to tell. Shadow stripes work for me, so I am going with it.

Look at me all fancy with the collage.

I knit until I ran out of the Hades color from yesterday, and I was able to complete the fifth stripe with enough yarn to easily weave in the tail but not so much that I feel like I am wasting it — an easy yet satisfying yarn chicken victory.

I may try for a picture with better light tomorrow.

Adding tomorrow’s color will get me to the heel, at which point I will have to decide whether to knit the heel with the third color or wait for color four. The suspense is almost unbearable, right?

The dyer at Dragon Hoard Yarn Company is by far the most enthusiastic fan of Halloween I have ever seen, encountered, or met. She is hard core. The house is festooned with decorations inside and out. It takes several days to get everything done. If you want to check it out, in this video she says that the process is a quarter to a third done. Decoration shots start at the 2-minute mark.

She’s so creative. I follow everything she does. Well, what I can see on her web site and Instagram. I suspect more happens on Facebook, but I do not Facebook. Her yarn colors are complex, and her patterns are fun to make. Okay, enough fangirling. The point is that as a result of following her work, my Halloween exposure is several orders of magnitude higher than usual, and I started thinking Halloween sweater thoughts.

Now, I already had this crazy notion of including sweater knitting in my list of October goals and tasks, but it really should either be finishing a sweater already in progress or knitting a sweater for someone else. The problem with the someone else sweater is that I am having a hard time finding a pattern I like which matches the gauge of the yarn I am going to use, so it has thus far been a frustrating rather than an enjoyable experience. Knitting should not be stressful, especially when knitting for someone else. You want those stitches filled with love rather than aggravation.

What I really don’t want to have happen is that it gets late in October before I actually make a decision and take action. As of this writing, I have not made a final decision, but I came across these adorable ghosts, and they pretty much said, “Knit me!”

Fall Favorites by BadWolfGirlStudios

(Unfortunately, you have to click the link. I can’t enable the link preview without breaking something else. There must be a way.)

The pattern is actually a collection. In addition to the ghosts, there are cats and pumpkins and leaves. They all look like fun. I will see what I can come up with for yarn and find the time to do a gauge swatch and go from there!

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