I'm baaaaaccckkk! Happily joining Ginny's Yarn Along this week after missing way too many this month.
Just writing this post feels like I've accomplished something. You don't know how I dislike it when life gets in my way and I can't do what seems to me like a simple thing (such as take a picture and write a short post to go along with it). Honestly, November has brought so many strange (and formerly unacknowledged?) emotions to light for me. Perhaps I will write about it in December. . . not sure, will have to give that more thought as it is fairly personal but yet probably totally relevant to a lot of readers. So, hmmm. . .
But today, today is about yarn and knitting!
I've been working slowly on a sock (sock number one) that is supposed to be a pair finished by the middle of December. That might, at this point, be an unrealistic goal. I am to the gusset finally, and the slowness is all mine with absolutely nothing to do with the pattern, which is Tendril. This is a great pattern, easy to memorize, no tricky bits, and it makes such an amazingly cool sock. I was only two inches into this one when I knew it was probably going to replace Vanilla Latte as my favorite go-to sock pattern. The spiral ribs are just way too cool. Unfortunately they also seem to be hard for the camera to pick up.
I chose a skein of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal in Blue Yonder from my stash for these socks, and I couldn't be happier with the combo of yarn and pattern. Because although this is not a self-striping yarn, the combo of spiral ribs and the color changes in the yarn is creating a subtle stripe. I love it so much that I actually went online and ordered another skein of the exact same yarn (because I know DD2 will love these socks, that are actually supposed to be for a college friend of hers--DD2 asked in Oct if she could 'commission' me to make her friend a pair of socks in 'some sort of blue' because the friend so adored DD2's couple of pair of Mom-made socks). So 2017 will probably find me making an identical pair for DD2's feet.
And, of course, while I was ordering that yarn, Knit Picks was having a big yarn sale, so I just couldn't resist adding a few more skeins of blue-themed yarn to my cart. What can I say, I like blues too.
From left to right: 2 skeins Comfy fingering in Celestial, the 'replacement' skein of Blue Yonder, Blue Yonder being made into a Tendril sock, a skein of Stroll Fingering Hand Painted in Northern Lights (intended for me or possibly DD1 who likes purples) and a skein of Stroll Fingering Tonal in Cold Stream (most definitely for me).