We are having a wonderful Christmas, and I hope you and yours are having a delicious holiday too. Our has been full of various trucks, trains, and doogoos (that would be diggers).
But more on that later. Because I really want to give you a new pattern as a little Christmas wish, and I'm wondering...Want to knit some socks?
Martin & I need knitters who are interested in test knitting for our book again, this time to work on a pair of warm, luxurious ankle socks that work up quickly on size 10 dpns and get slightly fulled in a hot toasty dryer. Since this pattern is more complex than the meathead hat and has not been tested, we would need you to use the yarn specified. But that shouldn't cause you too much suffering, since it's Manos del Uruguay wool. :-)
And we need you to follow the pattern as written instead of riffing on it, at least for your first pair - the pair that you enter on flickr. But like the meathead hats, these socks are like candy, so quick you'll probably make more than one pair!
A small women's pair (about size 6.5 foot) should take only 1 skein of Manos wool, though as I mentioned this has not been tested so you might want to have a second just in case and return it if you don't use it. Other sizes take 2 skeins with yarn left to spare. Any color you want is great. And as with the hat knitalong, there is a flickr gallery.
The main difference is YOU DO NOT SIGN UP HERE. Please do not sign up in the comments here. You will not get included in the knitalong.
It was a ridiculous amount of work signing everyone up last time, so Martin has automated the process. You simply go to knitalong.net/testalong, hit Register, and create a login account. That will get you access to the pattern page, which is only available to registered users.
We are capping the knitalong at 101 knitters. If we reach that number that would be awesome! But we would then close registration. If you go to the knitalong.net/testalong site and do not see REGISTER at the upper right then that means the knitalong has closed and the pattern is no longer available until the book comes out.
Our thanks - and more details - are here at the "socks 101" knitalong home page.