Last week’s post about Megan Ingman’s Lichen and Lace yarn generated a comment from Gretchen: “Beach Glass and Linen. Say no more.”
Well, that hit me like a thunderclap.
Off I went for some of that sweet, sweet Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock. I rooted out skeins of Beach Glass and Linen to see what she was talking about. And I said no more.
Having a swell time with this cuff-down stockinette sock from Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, beach glassin’ and linenizing all the way.
I made the cuff 24 rounds rather than my typical 12, so as to enjoy more Beach Glass.
The vibe is so different. It’s so soft. These are going to be socks to wear when my foot zone needs calming down.
Up top I put all the colors of Megan’s Lichen and Lace Sock 80/20 because it’s fun to imagine combinations of all those colors drawn from nature.
Thank you, Gretchen, for pointing me in a new direction.
Technical Heel and Toe Tidbit
I’ve always liked the look of contrasting heels and toes on socks. And now that I’m accumulating a bunch of leftover sock yarns, I can see more of this idea in the future.
I do need to figure out how to close up that little hole at the top of the short row. It’s bugging me!
In Other Sock-related News
I finished my MDK Knitting Getaway Shakerag sock blank socks.
(How’s that for a sentence? It’s right up there with “I unfollowed her on Twitter because she kept subtweeting me.” In 2005, that sentence would have made no sense.)
This is the Alternating Slip Stitch pattern from Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust. I’m still loving working the cuff-down pattern, and at this point the sock pattern flows like some deep-seated memory.
For those just tuning in, we had a big time in June at the MDK Knitting Getaway with Donna Brown, whose natural dyeing class we all loved because we could fool around with a ton of color derived from natural extracts. You can read all about it right here.
We all dumped color onto sock yarn blanks—lengths of stockinette knitted double, so that we could make two socks with the same coloring on both socks.
It totally worked! Who knew? This group experiment is starting to show fascinating results—have a look at #shakeragsockblank to see what is coming of everybody’s sock blanks.
The Lounge is awash with socks of every description—the Wandering Socks KAL conversation includes sock veterans as well as folks finishing their very first pair. Lots of great sock talk—go post your sock pix there (or on Instagram with the tag #MDKwanderingsocks) and you might win one of our weekly Wandering Socks KAL prizes.
Getting Ready to Go
Heading out on an adventure starting Friday. Guess what I’m packing.
Socks. For some island wandering. Which island? Please come with me!