Finished objects: Happy socks!

April 22, 2014
blissful knits colorful yarn

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!

As for the other yarn I binged on, MadelinetoshLynaiWren House YarnSpun Right RoundBrooklyn Tweed, well they all have a purpose. And soon you shall see.


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  • Reply Knitwee April 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the new-to-me sock yarn sources! I just ordered a skein from Spun Right Round and I cannot wait to cast on. Your pictures on IG are awesome and I enjoy seeing your beautiful knitting projects!


    • Reply Ashley April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Oh I’m so glad! I love Spun Right Round, wonderful pick! Look forward to seeing and hearing more from you! -Ashley

  • Reply Bethany May 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hi Ashley! Thanks for linking to me in this post, I found your beautiful blog this way. I love your layout and lovely large-scale photos.

    I was also reading your “organic in 2014” post – love it!

  • Reply Future most-worn handknit | Fringe Association July 2, 2014 at 5:02 am

    […] I again started with small projects, but this time chose increasingly more difficult and time consuming patterns. Much of my renewed dedication to knitting was owed to my growing knowledge of fibers and technique. A few months back I realized I had never actually knit anything for myself. Someone tagged me on Instagram asking, “What is your most-worn hand knit?” I didn’t have one! The next day I started on my first personal knit, a pair of very colorful socks. […]

  • Reply Rebekka July 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Yay for color! I honestly have to force myself to use color too, I’m such a neutrals person. Those socks are gorgeous!!!!

    • Reply Ashley July 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much Rebekka! Color has its place I’m finding more and more. I always gravitate towards neutrals, but finding as I age, color creeps it’s way in more and more 😉

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