Sometimes, you want the confetti cake batter ice cream, in a waffle cone, with sprinkles.
Other times, a scoop of plain chocolate hits the spot. No chocolate chips, no Marshmallow Fluff. Just cold, milky chocolate, please.
Sock yarns are like that. Hand-dyed sock yarns have no limits.
You’ve got the shimmery shifts of nature-inspired color in Megan Ingman’s Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock.
There’s the painterly wildness of Karida Collins’s Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock. (Some of the shades are named for actual painters.)
And there’s Barnyard Knits Sock/Fingering‘s bucolic speckles and splashes, singing e-i-e-i-o in perfect harmony.
So what’s the exquisitely plain scoop of chocolate in our collection?
In knitting, some things just work better with a nice, solid color.
One of those things, I humbly submit, is stripes. Solid color stripes pop. Single-row stripes, in sharply contrasting solids, darn near vibrate with vibrancy. Variegated stripes can be exciting, no doubt about it, but a knitter will inevitably hit spots where the contrast gets turned down, and the colors melt or fuzz into each other. So for stripes, my choice is chocolate, I mean solid colors.
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This is my fourth pair of socks!
Stripes! But What Kind?
I’ve reverted to a plain stockinette sock, but with a twist that is keeping me fully entertained: I’m working single-row stripes using the helical stripes method we learned from Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video for her series, A Year of Techniques. This was the technique that launched that wonderful series, and it has fascinated me ever since.
So stinkin’ clever. And I swear the stockinette goes faster in single-row stripes. Science!
I had a great time choosing a super-sharp pairing: Calypso and Red Hot.
I dithered for a while over which color I’d use for the toes and heels. Red Hot or Calypso? Calypso or Red Hot?
This is an important decision.
When in doubt: Red Hot.
Watch me go! Join me in knitting some zingy, zippy stripes this summer. Zang!