Like most of the East Coast, this past weekend was a rainy drizzly grey one. I bravely left the apartment for teaching classes, but in the evening I snuggled into the couch with my really ugly slippers, a blanket, tea and one of my two current projects. I’m working a technique that I’m hoping to turn into a design proposal, so I can’t show pictures of that right now. The other thing I was working on was repairing a pair of socks.
If you didn’t see by the last post, my Swirl Socks are out. This is pretty exciting, as it marks the beginning of this year’s effort to self-publish between 1 & 2 designs a month. It marks several months of back-end prep-work, as I’ve established relationships with Technical Editors, Sample Makers, and a Layout Designer.
All on top of planning my wedding, which is in 2 1/2 weeks. Ack!
Swirl Socks are a great pattern for someone who needs just a little something to keep them busy. After the first few rows, the pattern hits a rhythm, and next thing you know you are turning the heel. It’s also a great pattern for saying… “just one more row…!”
I love how the cable passes right by the short row heel, and the differences in texture as it moves around the foot. I love how it’s a surprisingly good pattern for very variegated yarns, because I’m prone to buying hand dyed yarns and then going, what now?
This yarn is being used right now in a design I’m working on. It’s a prototype, and rough around the edges, but I think I’m onto something. As with all my new techniques I try, the sample is being worked on a pair of socks, and I think it’s coming out lovely.
Irish Sea is a really subtle colorway, with great blue variations. I like that it doesn’t have a tendency to pool when I’m working socks. A little bit more color punch than a semi-solid, but it isn’t a high contrast yarn.
Mojito is meant to go with the Pansy Green, and a third green I’ll talk about later. For one of my super secret projets.
It’s a paler and yellower green than Pansy Green, but a lovely addition to the collection.
Not much else to write about it… I don’t have very much of a story to go with this one.
The Yarn Spot has a special colorway that is native to the store called Pansy. Pansy is lovely, but not quite the color I’d want to work a big project in. I’m not quite sure I’d be happy with the type of pooling it would do. BUT, Pansy has a friend, Pansy Green, that I really like. It’s a cheerful color, full of pop and verve.
I got a bunchload of it, the first time we had it in stock. The next time we re-ordered Pansy, it was MUCH darker, and while I like the new dye lot also, I think this one suits me more. At the time, I was thinking of working a cardigan, and I still am. However, when I bought the yarn I was nearly 30 lbs heavier, and well, I don’t think I’ll need as much as I got to get around me now. Just sayin’.
Anyway, I have some ideas of combining this with two other greens I have for TIG in Kells to create some type of Irish/Shamrock themed sweater. Details to follow, but I think it is going to have to be steeked, to get my idea the way I want it.
For now, I’ll just admire it every time I pull it out.