There's absolutely no surprise here what I'm knitting, not after that last post I made. But here we are and there it is, the newest project to grace my needles: Concrete & Tulips. Aptly named after the colourway of the yarn, which is dyed by the lovely Cat of CaterpillarGreen Yarns. Even though I'm using my go-to toe-up plain vanilla sock recipe with afterthought heel, these socks have been such a pleasure to work on. Aside from the excitement that a self-striping yarn brings to a project (let me reiterate again from the last post - this skein contains TEN different colours with a stripe of concrete grey between each colour), the yarn itself is pure heaven as it glides between my fingers. Seriously, who can resist MCN?? I know I can't, that's for sure! Because of the yumminess of the MCN these socks are flying off the needles. I'm trying to pace myself by swatching for a cardigan and by knitting on the Unikitty socks. It's kind of not working. I just keep deviating back to these bad boys. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that it'll be a sad day when I have to bind off the final stitch and my time of working with this luscious yarn and fun colourway is over. You know it's a great project when...
Oh well, I guess that just means I'll have to get my hands on some more CaterpillarGreen Yarns. Cat has recently released a handful of new colourways to her line up and a few of them have really caught my eye (as well as some of the older ones). It's just a matter of narrowing down the selection. Oh, and finding the time to turn all those skeins into socks! Times like these make me really wish I had a CSM (circular sock machine) to churn out all my plain vanilla socks for me, as I'm pretty sure you're all sick and tired of reading about nothing but plain vanilla socks from me!
Don't worry. I vow that the next pair of socks I cast on will not be plain vanilla. Or at least I'm not planning on it. When I joined the Socks With Sarah KAL I had written out a list of sock patterns that I would like to knit up this year, along with the sock yarn/colourway that I had in mind for it. I had somewhat planned to knit a pair of socks a month, maybe two pairs if they were of the plain vanilla variety. Of that list I've only knit two of the patterns (Sunday Swing and Jeck) before switching gears over to plain vanilla. This is not really by conscious choice though. I totally blame the yarns that have been sitting on my night table, they're all self-striping and they're all just begging me to knit them up. And with colourways like this Concrete & Tulips, can you blame me?
I didn't think so.
Stay tuned. I have a feeling that these socks will be finished lickety split. And I just might have a fun little something something planned that you might want to get in on...