Two years ago, I knitted a pair of fingerless mittens in a Mystery Knit Along, run by my friends Sarah Alderson and Ann Kingstone. You can see my (almost) finished mittens here. (I did finish them, and posted some photos here, but the colours in that post look a bit murky - they are in fact much nicer than that.) Now, Sarah and Ann are running another MKAL (Mystery Knit ALong) - this time a pair of socks. I signed up for it, and looked for some suitable sock yarn. I haven't found an actual bricks-and-mortar shop near here that sells sock yarn, except the stall in Huddersfield Market Hall, which has some in very basic, utilitarian colours like dark grey. And a lot of sock yarn is self-striping, which won't do for this project. But I have now got some very lovely yarn online from Eden Cottage Yarns.
It's their Titus yarn, in a mottled brown called Compost. (I'm new to hand-knitted socks, and almost all my everyday, shop-bought socks are black. Occasionally black with stripes of another colour on the toes and ankles. A few thick pairs in grey or fawn. So I can't suddenly start knitting brightly-coloured socks and expect to feel comfortable wearing them. Baby steps.)
The MKAL has several stages (five?) and two options at each stage. (One designed by Sarah, the other by Ann, but we don't know which is which.) The first stage (last week) was the toe, with a choice of two unusual construction methods. I chose the spiral toe, which has four evenly-spaced sets of increases spiralling out from the starting point.
We were told at the outset that there would be colour-work options, but that it would be possible to knit the socks all in one colour. I do have another colour available, but I haven't decided yet whether to use it. We are currently on stage 2 (the foot part), and yes, one of the options uses stranded knitting with two or three colours, but I've chosen the other option, which is a lace and cables pattern. I think there will still be a possibility of using two colours for the ankle, but I'll wait and see what the options are before deciding.
There's still quite a bit more of the foot to do, but it should be finished by next Friday when the instructions for stage 3 will be published.