On October 1st, I was finally able to cast on my Hermione's Everyday Socks for the first main challenge of the Oh Loops Harry Potter KAL!
So far, so good. This is my first pair of "fancier" socks than plain vanilla, though it's really not that fancy; the pattern is much easier than the final product might have you believe, which makes me a happy camper.
I've altered the original pattern just enough to do a Fish Lips Kiss heel, my new go-to heel for sock knitting. Again, that pattern looks more intimidating than it is. Now that I'm used to the technique, the mere thought of needing to pick up heel stitches and decrease for the gusset makes me cringe, so I'm loving having options. Since this photo was taken, I've finished the heel of my first sock and moved on to the foot. Not bad progress for less than a week when I've had other projects and events going on.
Oh, and I'm using this to double-dip into a PINK-along KAL for the Knit and Pearl podcast, where the only requirement is your project is pink. Easy enough, especially considering the type of colors I keep in my stash :)
The yarn I'm using is Knit Picks Stroll Hand-painted in Summer Blooms Tonal and I'm knitting with five size US1 DPNs (and learning that I much prefer magic loop).