Got started at the beginning of the month with the KAL in the Knit Picks Lovers group on Ravely. I am using the Toe-Up Socks With a Difference pattern by Wendy Johnson and am adding in the motif from Pillars by Lisa Stichweh. For my yarn I am using some Knit Picks stroll tonal in the blue yonder colorway, I am absolutely loving how the colors are blending, such gorgeous blues, teals, and aquas. It was a pretty easy start once I figures out the cast on. One of the Ravelers posted this link for a video explanation of how to get TAAT started on magic loop, after watching it through twice I gave it a go and got my socks cast on with my first try.
I followed the instructions for the increases and then did an additional 4 rounds before starting the lacy motif on the instep. I am really liking how they are coming along so far, but am worried about how to increase the gusset to make for a taller heel flap. I was clued into this post from Wendy's blog (a great read if you love knitting!) where she describes altering her pattern (yes the one I am using, hooray!) to make room for a taller heel flap. I think her adjustment may be a bit much for me, but it definitely gives me a starting off point to adjust the pattern to fit my feet. Thank goodness for helpful knitters on Ravelry! I wouldn't have had the guts to try toe up socks without knowing I could get their help.
I am actually a bit past where I was when I took the pictures, I am just about ready to start my increases for the gusset. Wish me luck as I try to figure this next step out!