It's the little things!
I was already pretty pleased with the Berroco Ultra Wool as Yarn Folk’s new superwash wool basic. And you’ve liked it, too—I’ve already sent in a restocking order. But here, I introduce you to an amazing feature of this yarn, one I only discovered last Thursday. What is it, you say? Well, do you see that strand coming out of the center of the ball? It is actually the center of the skein. No rooting around for the innermost bits, and ending up with a blob of yarn barf. This is just such a pleasant and unexpected surprise! Sometimes it really is the little things!
Julia of Knitterly Things brews up hand-dyed self-striping sock yarn in 5-8 colors, and I am so thrilled to bring in her Vesper Sock for an option that will yield those nice, crisp stripes. See below for my sock in progress!
It’s also time for October’s Knitted Wit HerStory colorway. “Unbowed” is a richly variegated green created to honor Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, who was awarded the Peace Prize for her work to link sustainable development, democracy, and peace. Read more of her story here.
Sam Barsky is a knitter with a very particular vision. He specializes in picture knitting (another name for intarsia), and creates sweaters for himself that depict landmarks and landscapes, which he then documents with selfies at the relevant sites. You can find 18 years of this project cataloged on his website, Sam Barksky’s Artistic Sweaters, on his Facebook page, or on his Instagram feed. Sam has also been featured at Time.com, in the BBC’s culture reporting (where his venture is placed in the context of other self-portraitists), and on NPR.
Vanilla is the New Black
Vanilla Is the New Black is a sock pattern with a unique heel construction method, and I decided to try it out in service of showing you how the Vesper sock yarn stripes. The colorway pictured here is Happy Accident, and I’ve finished the heel construction (which also serves to create the gusset) and the heel turn.
For this sock, I started with a 68 stitch sock (the pattern gives you multiple stitch count possibilities), and have decreased to 64 stitches for the foot. I am using 2.25mm Karbonz double points, and at the cuff and the “heel flap” where there is ribbing, I knit all stitches for one round whenever the color changed. This eliminates the purl blips, and maintains the smoothest look for the striping. See above for the range of colors in stock—all of them stripe!
Boden Girl is a color work poncho in children’s sizes 2 to 7-9 years. Berroco’s Ultra Wool is a cozy and easy care option, and the pattern offers both a five color yoke and a three color version. Here, I’ve used four brights with a neutral main color. The contrast colors don’t require a tremendous amount of yardage, so if you were knitting for siblings, you would need to purchase separate yardage for the main color, but the contrast colors could be shared between projects. Alternately, you could make coordinating accessories, like The World’s Simplest Mittens and Barley Hat or Bon Bon Toque and Bon Bon Mittens, all from Tin Can Knits.