I did it! Socks for Socktober are finished! Smith is one happy man. It was touch and go, right down to the last minute, so to speak, but the socks are ready to wear. They look great, feel great, but were not great to knit. The main reason was the metal DPNs and my habit of keeping a tight grip on the needles. My arms ached for hours after the finish line, but a good stretch put them back in the pink. (I love that website!) I'll also be destashing my set of metal DPNs and buying another set or two of bamboo...bamboo, I love you.
In a delusional state I had hoped to finish the Pretty in Pink Portrait Scarf by November 1st. From the way things are going, it's unlikely it will be finished by the end of the year. Slippery yarn on metal needles (circular) makes a fiddly process. Originally, I thought the smaller sections of the scarf needed to be knit on DPNs, but Jocelyn, in a comment, thought the whole project would work on circs...she was right. The lace has enough give to fit around the circular, however, the only 16" circulars I have are Addis...and it's working, just slow.slow.slow.
Speaking of the end of the year...after NaKniSweMo and the finish of Scoop du Jour, there are a few items in my queue I'd like to work on in December. Mostly lace shawls (yes plural) and a sock. But, to start next year off fresh I'd like to finish up anything hanging around. Now, I'm of the mind that if I stop knitting, and don't get back to it, the project should be frogged or finished and not languish for longer than a few months. That means the second Strawberry Fields handspun sock must be finished...off the needles, right away. It is the only thing left hanging, its time has come!