Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Knit In Progress: Vanilla Is The New Black

Spring Break is over. The Kiddo is back in school. It has been over a week and trying to get into a routine has been hard. Well...for me, it has been. The Kiddo needs and thrives on routine, like most kids do, and so he was able to jump back into it pretty darn quickly. I, on the other hand, have been struggling. Despite my perpetual list making, I've been feeling like a chicken with my head chopped off. There's so much that I need and want to do, but just can't seem to get down to it and at the end of the day I'm left disappointed in myself and wondering what in the world am I doing with my time. 


Luckily I'm able to knit my frustrations away. Sort of. But I did start a new sock. I had no idea what I was going to knit, I just knew that I wanted to knit with my skein of Prairie Dye Studio Wild Rose sock yarn (in the Prairie Sage colourway, in case you're wondering!). Without thinking, I cast on my usual amount of stitches (64 sts) and started knitting a 2x2 ribbed cuff.  I guess I was going to knit something top-down. While scrolling through my Instagram feed I noticed that a few people were knitting a very interesting heel on what appeared to be an otherwise plain vanilla sock. I also noticed the phrase/name Vanilla is the New Black kept popping up. So I decided to check it out.   

I immediately fell in love with the heel and before I knew it I was already completing the check out process on Ravelry with the pattern! Guess what sock pattern I'm now knitting?

Fortunately for me, 64 stitches was one of the size options in the pattern so I don't have to do any increasing or decreasing once I get to the heel. Since it's a plain vanilla sock the pattern is pretty basic with 90% of the instructions dedicated to the heel. I don't foresee myself finishing these socks quickly or any time soon as they've been designated as my official purse knitting project. As of this post my first sock measures three inches tall - two inches for the cuff and one inch of stockinette.

So far I'm thoroughly enjoying knitting with the Prairie Dye Studio yarn, it's so incredibly soft and sometimes I forget that it's not an MCN base - yes, it's that soft!! I'm also enjoying watching the colours build up and have concluded that my favourite bits are when I hit the stretches of the deep, vibrant green. I'm really looking forward to knitting up the heel and think the best part of all that the finished sock will be reversible!! Yes, reversible!! Sounds cool, right? I absolutely love the idea of this and can't wait to see it in person for myself. You'd think this alone would be enough for me to knit the sock up on the quick but alas, no. With the weather warming up the need to wear socks is dissipating and so my knitting priorities lie elsewhere. Like lightweight tunics. Baby knits. And charity knits.

But you know me, I can not have socks on the needles. How about you?



  1. I love how you wear fun leggings. I hope to build up my supply soon. I haven't knitted many pairs of socks, only eight pairs where only half were for me, two for babies, one for the hub who lost them, and a pair for a homeless shelter. This year, I am getting my sock fix as it's Stefanie's Christmas sock version of Mrs. Weasley's sweaters. Next year I hope to knit socks just for myself.

    1. I hope you get the chance to knit more socks for you!! Although, it's hard to resist knitting baby quick and just so darn cute!! :)

      I need to update my leggings collection, I've realized that the prints are very wintery. I think I need to look into getting some that are more lighter and summery!

  2. Those leggings are the best! And your sock in progress is looking great. I've sent you a couple of emails, no doubt you've been too busy! Sometimes life is just clobbering us with all the things.


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