I went on a yarn binge earlier this year. It’s happened before, generally during a knitting dry spell when work and life get the most of me. This time, Coltrane was teething and that meant very little time to knit and lots of time nursing him. And so I bought yarn. Any knitter would understand. This time, the biggest difference was that I wasn’t gravitating towards my usual greys, blacks and whites. I wanted color, the more color the better.
I needed some color in my life. Babies and children love color and I started to feel as if I were in some way depriving Coltrane of experiencing color because of my own design and fashion preferences. My grey yarn stash is impressive. 95% of my clothing is black or grey, 95% of his clothing falls within the grayscale as well. So, I bought some very colorful yarn. Then some colorful play silks for our Waldorf/Montessori learning and threw him a very colorful first birthday which I have yet to write and share. The color trend is haphazard, but coming along.
Back to the yarn. I found this amazing color way from Blissful Knits and started on some socks, the very first thing I’ve knit for myself. I’ve knit a few pairs of socks in the past, but elaborate socks. Socks that made me not want to knit another pair ever again. This time I wanted a simple, timeless sock that showcased the color. Something that would make me fall in love with sock knitting like so many I watch in envy of on Instagram, like this lovely lady or this other lovely lady. I went with the Afterthought sock pattern because the heel is so clean and uniform. I call them my happy socks. My first wool socks, and just for me!