Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Yarn Therapy

Yarn Therapy

I blog about my knitting because that makes me happy. I read and comment on other knitters’ blogs because that makes me happy too. If I were to go into the reasons why I wasn’t able to finish my wimple or do any sock knitting this week, why I have 100+ unread messages on my Google Reader, I would become unhappy (actually unhappier as I really wanted to finish the wimple). Therefore, we will look at yarn for future socks. Looking at sock yarn makes me happy.

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Claudia’s Hand Paints in Chocolate Cherry and Lorna’s Laces in Mother Lode.

The 80+ year old lady that asked me to knit her a pair of socks said she likes browns with reds. The Chocolate Cherry from Claudia’s Hand Painted looks the perfect choice to me. Since these socks are all about comfort and ease of wear, I intend to do a very simple 2×2 rib for the cuff and a stockinette foot.

My friend Nancy likes the socks I knit her for her birthday last year (her birthday is in July and I finished the socks in October–I’m hoping to improve on that this year). During cold weather, she wears them every week. This information led me to believe she would welcome a second pair this year. Nancy likes jewel tone colors. Lorna’s Laces in Mother Lode has the colors of amethyst, rubelite and citrine–a trifecta of jewels. Now for a pattern–stretchy but no holes (she’s a native Californian and actually gets cold during the “winter” season).

Now let’s look at sock yarn for me!
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Online Tropic Color 928 and Dream in Color Smooshy Happy Forest (#150).

I always have to have a ball of self-striping sock yarn in stash for yarn therapy emergencies. The Regia Surf I am currently knitting was my penultimate self-striping yarn, so I bought the very happy Tropic Color from Online. In August M and I will fly to Wisconsin to visit family, and this may be the yarn for air travel sock knitting.

Finally, when Simply Sock Yarn Company announced they had Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, I had to check it out. I am a sucker for green, and Happy Forest insisted I buy it. It’s a generous 450 yd skein, so it shall be made into a magical pair of socks. I am contemplating a pattern of my own devising, which I tentatively refer to as “Mullions.” But that’s all I’m going to say about that for now. It is very smooshy yarn. The yarn was right to insist I buy it.

Well, I am feeling a little happier, and I am going to finish my wimple this week come Hell or High Water. I have only half a repeat to go. I hope this post has been therapeutic for you too. Now I shall continue my therapy with an M concocted cocktail. He hasn’t given any hints as to which cocktail he will concoct, but I’m sure it will be tasty.

May we all have a good week!

ETA:  Check out Cocktails with M to see what cocktail M concocted!   I liked it.



23 thoughts on “Yarn Therapy”

  • I agree– looking at pictures of yarn makes me happy. Buying yarn is even better! I like the choices you made 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Oooh, I just love looking at yarns, too. Stroking sock yarn especially makes me feel euphoric. I think it’s the promise of great things, perhaps.

    I just wrote a sock pattern for self striping sock yarn, so know I’m falling in love with self-striping yarn all over again! (http://dutchorchiddesigns.blogspot.com)

    I just LOVE that forest green, though. I clicked over to your link, and they didn’t have any left 🙁 Oh well, I’ll just have to keep stalking their site!

  • Boo, unread messages. Hooray, yarn! (Riffing on Red Stripe ad.)

    Dontcha love da Smooshy? I went a little nuts at Simply Sock Yarn and my LYS but no retail therapy regrets!

  • I love the sock yarn. I tend to buy sock yarn when I travel. It is even better when someone buys it for me! I fell in love with the Dream in Color baby cardis, but I looked at the yarn on their site.

  • Smooshy Happy Forest is probably the best name I have ever heard for yarn. Green is my favorite color, so that is sock yarn zen for me. They all look nice.

    Have a good week. 🙂

  • Brenda- You’re a far nicer person than I am. I used to make socks for other people. Then they’d want more………………

    Looking at your sock yarn made me happy too.

  • The Lorna’s Laces just made me smile – what a pretty colorway! Thanks for the yarn pictures, they brightened up my bleh Monday morning.

  • That Chocolate Covered Cherries is wonderful stuff. You’re too kind, giving that away. 😉 But the smooshy green should be some consolation… 😉

  • The Smooshy green yarn is really pretty! What pattern are you thinking of using for it? I imagine that a textured stitch would be very nice.

  • How strange, I have family is Wisconsin too! I agree that the chocolate cherry seems perfect for someone who likes browns and reds. I can’t wait to see what the self-striping Tropic Color looks like knit up, and the green looks divine. All the sock yarn really does seem like a mood booster. 🙂

  • Sock yarn makes me very very happy. And those are lovely choices. I almost had a breakdown when I realized that my latest self-striping sock yarn was really meant to be Jaywalkers instead of st st. My universe upended!

  • Anything Lorna’s Laces makes me happy. Buying yarn really makes me happy. That Tropical Online Yarn looks much softer and smoother than the Highland I knit a pair of socks with, I will have to give it a try. And the Smooshy yarn is definitely on my list to buy. Good luck on the wimple

  • I really like your drinks, esp the Hemingway Daquiri. Thanks for stopping by my site…I hope to read more of your posts in the future. You make wonderful socks. I’m switching midyear to socks. Jan-June was all about garments…whew.

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