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FO Friday - the only sOcotober socks?

Half-way through sOctober and I've finished my first pair of socks, a broken rib with an interesting heel construction for Leon (the pattern is Reverso , free from Knitty). The most interesting thing about these socks is that they are knit in Blacker Yarns , a 50 percent mohair / wool blend that is woolen spun. They were the oldest yarn in my stash -  I bought it at Edinburgh yarn fest in 2018, so it was time to use it. The colour is more beautiful than it looks here, they dyed it on white and coloured wool, so it has a lot of variation and depth of a commercial yarn. Yes, Juniper REALLY wanted to star in these photos!  So why might these be my only pair of sOctober socks? Well, I'm focussed on the Shawlography MKAL (new clue tonight!) and I'm also embroidering and spinning, so between all that there isn't as much time as I would like. I'm going to cast on a pair of knee highs, and I think that will take me well into next month. It's still a celebration of my fa
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