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FO Friday - sOctober is done!

I finished my second pair of socks for sOctober this week. I used the  Tree Tram Tro  cable pattern from Kate Davies Ten Years in the Making Club. She used the X O cable pttern on a slipover, which I knew I would not make, so I put it on socks.I also dyed the yarn myself and LOVE how it came out. It turns out if you use small amount of dark colours, you get light colours, and they don't look washed out, they look perfect.
I'm also happy with how the sock came out. I continued the ribbing onto the heel and the toe, just for the fun of it. Princess Daisy wanted to be in the photo shoot, and who am I to argue with my favourite cat?


So that's a wrap on sOctober this year. Just two pairs, but I've also knit most of a giant Stephen West MKAL shawl. The last clue is due to drop tonight, and I'm really looking forward to seeing where that ends.Have a good weekend!
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