S-O-C-K-S!! HAPPY DANCE!! My first real socks!! Pink Beginner Socks. And they actually fit me!! Weeehooo... :)))
They are sooo comfortable and fit so well... I still can't believe I made these! They are knit in wool, and I have knit the legs rather short, so they can be worn as year-round socks. I will knit some socks with a longer leg for winter later.
In case you aren't on Ravelry to be able to see my project notes, the pattern I used for these socks is the Beginner Socks Magic Loop Variation. I can highly recommend this pattern for the novice sock knitter--it is a great one to start with.
In between all the sock knitting ecstasy, I recently indulged in a few purchases to help with the knitting--socks, or any other knitting. I bought this SUPER CUTE large zippered project bag from The Wooly Tangle--a UK-based seller on Etsy. How adorable are those llamas??!! Llamas!! The bag is ideal for holding socks in progress, or any other small project, and nice for taking on the go. From the Wooly Tangle I also bought two stitch marker sets.
And from another shop on Etsy, Gretel Creates, I purchased these very fun cat and tea-themed stitch marker sets. A cup of TEA solves everything... It sure does help! ;)
Oooo... but I feel a sock addiction (obsession?!) coming on!! Next up... I'm knitting another pair of socks using the pattern linked above--it's great practice. This time I'm using this scrumptious variegated yarn Nordlys from the yarn producer Viking of Norway, which has been in my stash.
And I have some more Nordlys in this grey colorway along with some black SISU wool from Norwegian yarn producer Sandnes Garn. These are for some socks for TJ!! Black for the cuffs, heels and toes, and then the grey mix for the leg and foot of the socks.
Ooo... and I've saved the best for last! Look at this gorgeous sock yarn!! This was hand dyed by Kathryn Senior, founder of the blog, Ravelry group, podcast, and Etsy shop of the same name-- CrafternoonTreats. I'd been wanting to try some of Kathryn's yarn for ages now, and I was so glad to be able to snag this wonderful skein in the Apple Blossom colorway when she recently updated her shop. These are sooo MY colors--pinks, purples, greys and white. And so sweet--she generously sent me one of the stitch markers she makes too, as well as a Yorkshire Gold teabag. Kathryn lives in Yorkshire, England. She has a focus on providing high quality, beautifully hand dyed British wool. She designs some fantastic colorways--like this one! This yarn is so scrumptiously soft... I can't wait to make this into a pair of socks!
Yes, these yarns are superwash wool, unfortunately... And you know I have mixed feelings about superwash wool. I'm looking around for yarn for sock knitting that involves less chemicals in its production. My socks and the sock yarn journey is just beginning...