Painted Trillium Socks


August’s edition of #operationsockdrawer are all about the yarn. Woolberry Fiber Co. Simple Sock in the Painted Trillium is an exclusive colorway made for Wool & Honey’s Sleep Bear Yarn Club.

 The photo doesn’t do this hand painted yarn justice. Fades from creamy white to blush with flecks ranging from fushia to a deep berry, I wanted a simple pattern to let the colors sing. I chose Vanilla Latte Socks, a simple 6×2 rib that gave it just enough interest while still being mindless enough for watching TV or while waiting at Joe’s music lessons. 

A Silver Anniversary and celebrating a Golden Age

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I’ve been mulling over the events of last Saturday in an effort to find words that can convey the joy that filled my heart that day. It was a  day of time travel, tears of laughter, the warmest of hugs, and analog video.

So, some back ground information its needed to fully comprehend the significance of this day. First, our class never has had an official high-school reunion. This, along with a myriad of reasons, caused many of us to lose touch. Thankfully, Facebook was borne into this world and I was able to re-connect (however odd that social media connection might be) to many of the class of ’93. Second, one particular group of friends were wonderfully  creative  and made movies on what is now looked on as archaic video equipment that Hipsters of today would chop off their man-buns to get their hands on. Yes, in 1993 we were the geeky group making videos, but I prefer to believe that we were just ahead of our time. (cough, cough)

Fast forward 25 years and it was decided to celebrate this wonderful cinematic silver anniversary and have a viewing party. All original players were invited, a viewing would take place, and there would be much rejoicing.

I’m not going to lie, I was a nervous wreck heading there. Driving from Grand Rapids, I had three hours to obsess over seeing people I haven’t seen in literally a quarter of a century. Insecurities ticked away with the miles . . . reminding me that I no longer look like my 18 self. But when that door opened and I walked to that room, all of that completely left me. There was no room in my brain. All I could take in was the warm comforting love from so many people that, although I have not been with in many years, my heart remembered and cherished. We were reunited, and it felt so good. There were a few people present that I knew for all of my childhood. One going back as far as second grade. It is a blessing to be able to see them, hear their laughs, reminisce and remember. I am truly grateful for that day, and hope that we keep our promises the we will not wait until our Golden Anniversary to see each other again.

 

 

Eeyore’s Rainbow 

I finished these a couple months ago, but just realized I never posted about them. Shawn requested a pair of socks for his birthday and I thought this grayscale stripe, with the amazing name Eeyore’s rainbow,  from Must Stash Yarns would be perfect. I love the pop of hot pink for the contrast cuff/heel/toe. It reminds my of Eeyore’s ribbon on his tail. I used this pattern again. 

I had enough leftover to make a pair of Eeyore’s Rollers for myself using this quick and easy pattern. It’s perfect for using up that leftover yardage and I’m already planning my next pair. These were so fast to work up that I finished the pair while on our vacation in Hilton Head last month. They’re perfect for warm weather or wearing to bed! 

Gable Stripes


July’s entry for #operationsockdrawer was technically done at the end of June, but I wasn’t able to finish washing and blocking them until after our vacation. 

This self-striping yarn is from Nomadic Yarns, an indie dyer on Etsy, and the colorway is “Anne with an E” – inspired by Anne of Green Gables. It was rather addicting to knit and was perfectly soft and cozy for socks. They’ll feel wonderful warm this fall. I had some Anzula Squishy leftover from this pair, and it was just enough for the contrasting heel/toe. It definitely added another level of coziness – I’m tempted to make an entire sweater using that gorgeously soft Anzula. 

Pattern was another mash-up of Silver’s Sock and Smooth Operater. As always, more details can been found on Ravelry

Seven Year Socks

I started these socks on June 24, 2010. I completed them on June 25, 2017. During that times we’d moved around the Midwest, had a family, celebrated life, mourned losses, and generally had a busy, happy life. 

I finished the first sock fairly quickly, but hated the pattern and the yarn I was using. Banished to “second-sock island,” I would occasionally dig this project out and cast on the second sock, only to quickly stuff it away again and cast on something more pleasurable to knit.  

There was nothing inherently wrong with the pattern. Hedgerow Socks is not overtly difficult, I think it was more the fact that it was not completely mindless like ribbing/stockinette, but wasn’t challenging enough to hold real interest. Result: annoying. Add that they were on Size 1 needles (think toothpicks) and I was doubly annoyed.  (I lost the original set of DPNs I used and knit the second sock on Addi turbos using the magic loop method -slightly less irritating.)

The yarn, Berroco Comfort Sock, was a poor choice. It’s a nylon/acrylic blend that felt dead in my fingers as I knit it. It was a rookie knitter mistake to buy it. It made a beautiful, soft and squishy, durable pair of socks but the process of knitting them was gross. 

So, the project languished on as half-finished until this Spring. Determined to clear out my last few forlorn UFOs (unfinished objects), I resigned myself to knitting the equivalent of going to the DMV: not pleasurable, seemingly lasts forever, but a feeling of great satisfaction when completed. These will not count towards #operationsockdrawer, instead I’ll be gifting these to my mom, she’ll love them and I won’t have to look at them again. 

More details can be found on Ravelry

***The above photo reads much darker than in real life. The true color is more of a silvery gray-blue with sparse hints of light gray and muted cornflower. (See below)

Pixy Stix

June’s edition of #operationsockdrawer is pretty early due to some marathon car knitting over Memorial Day weekend. 

I have to admit that these my be my favorite so far this year. The yarn is from the very talented The Lemonade Shop (she also dyed the yarn for my Alternative Facts) in the Pixy Stix colorway. This yarn is soft and squishy while still having great stitch definition and strength. I love the subtle rainbow speckling on the creamy white background. Perfect to accent, but not overpower, the simple lace patterning. The pattern is Tadpoles by Jenna Swanson. It was the perfect traveling knit, easy enough to memorize while still holding interest, and it was a bit addicting seeing each twist take shape. I’ll definitely use it again. As always, full details are on Ravelry

Scarlet & Gray Crews


May’s installment for #operationsockdrawer was inspired by a stash dive. I have a relatively small amount of stashed yarn, but some of it is ancient. I had two skeins of Koigu Premium Merino, one scarlet and one gray, that I bought at Purl Soho back in 2010, I think. In honor of that trip, I decided to use their Striped Crew Sock pattern. I modified it by shortening the cuff to 4″ ( I just couldn’t handle the 1×1 ribbing with alternating yarn for much longer) and alternating the main color for the toes/heels. As always, full details are on Ravelry

After finishing and blocking, they are tucked into my sock drawer, awaiting college football season.