Knitting a Rainbow

Three things I learned from knitting this pair of socks.

1. You can’t stay blue when you’re knitting a rainbow. Try it. I dare you. Just staring at this riot of color is an amazing mood enhancer. And they make me happy when I wear them, too. Feeling blue? Knit a rainbow.

2. Don’t let too much time pass before knitting the second sock. Especially if the pattern is all improv and you aren’t taking good notes. It’s a bad idea. Ask me how I know. How do I know? Oh, I am so glad you asked. I was knitting the simplest of sock recipes with a very basic stitch pattern and I had to rip the second sock out twice because it wasn’t looking quite right. But now they are identical. Mostly.

3. When you have fat feet, 50 grams of sock yarn isn’t enough, even if you are only doing short-legged socks. Hence the yellow toes.

 

Another pair of socks for the sock drawer. It is still funny to me that I am knitting socks now. I never thought I would. I am so glad that I do.

Socks of my own design in Shibui Knits Sock Spectrum. Rav project page here (where I did eventually write down what I was doing).

 

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The Stash Dwindleth, Yet Hope Remains

Despite my itchings and cravings and yearnings for new yarn, I have been very good about not buying new yarns. It has not been easy, my friends. The stash is shrinking alarmingly and my knitting has changed because of it. I no longer browse patterns for inspiration and then go stash diving to find a suitable yarn. No, my Dearies, I have to first go stash diving to see what is there and then look for a pattern that inspires. Granted, there is still a little of everything. I have sock weight and lace. I have bulky and worsted. The sport weight and DK are all used up except a few cottons, but that is okay. I have wool and alpaca. I have superwash and cotton blends. It is just that they are all old news, uninspiring, boring if you will.

And that is why when I was given a $25.00 gift certificate to eatsleepknit, I went a little crazy.

Okay. A lot crazy.

Can you say cashmere?

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Midnight*

And, while I was there, I got some sock yarn for a gift of socks for The Man (gift yarn=still legal).

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Ebony*
Also cashmere.

Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.

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Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*

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Sanguine Gryphon Traveler *Gaudi House* (already cast on, but we will leave that story for another day)

Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!

Ahem.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.