I rediscovered my sock knitting mojo on a recent trip out east. Over the years I have found socks to be the perfect project to bring along when flying long distances. A ball of sock yarn and a pair of needles can easily be tucked away in your purse. And they're pretty small so you don't have to worry about your project over taking your row of fellow passengers, or your ball of yarn getting (too) out of hand in the aisle.
I cast on the hot pink and tropical blue combo as I was leaving for The Knitter's Frolic in Toronto last month. The new Fluormania Color collection features six fun and amazing neon combinations to get you ready for summer. I had the ladies at 88 Stitches set me aside the other colourways while I was away, I really didn't want to risk there not being any left by the time I got home. Having been in the yarn buying business for 7 years now, I know to stock up when you find a line you love, because it won't always be there (especially with sock yarns)!
While in Toronto I picked up a couple balls of Fortissima Mexiko self striping sock yarn. Having packed only one ball of yarn for one knitting project I was definitely in need of some more before embarking on the next leg of my trip. I always find it sort of comical that I find myself with little to no yarn to actually knit with while traveling to various fibre shows. I spend so much time stressing over and packing yarn to sell at the shows that yarn for me to knit usually finds itself on the bottom of the "to pack" list. Of course, I really don't mind exploring the local yarn shops and and I really don't mind adding to my stash.
Lately I have been strangely drawn to the combination of grey, lime green and deep yellow and I really love the way this mix worked up. It reminds me of hand dyed yarn, with the colour overlays and the imperfect progression of colour. I finished this sock touring around and flying home from a short trip to Nova Scotia after the Frolic, making for two socks in two weeks!
Currently I am working on my third sock, this time for Jason. I was excited when I found the ball of blue and white self striping sock yarn - it reminds me of the first pair of socks I knit years ago with a similar colour / stripe combo. I think this cozy Mexican blanket motif will be perfect for next fall.
By this time you're probably wondering why I've only knit one sock in each yarn. Don't worry, it's not second sock syndrome - I have a plan! After I finish up with the blue/white sock (and a couple more after that), I plan to recycle through the socks and completing their mates. This way I am able to trick myself into forgetting I'm knitting two of the exact same thing, warding off all possible chances of second sock boredom. At least I hope so.
And for a bit of a bonus, below is a little something I've been experimenting with in the dye studio. I really cannot get enough of the lime green, grellow and grey combo! It requires a more intensive dyeing technique than I'm use to, but I'm excited too see how it works up. More on that later.