I have knit many pairs of socks, both plain stockinette and patterned, but this pair that I finished in July is definitely one of my favorites and I am looking forward to the cooler weather so I can wear them. Yesterday, the first day of fall, hit 87ºF here in Michigan, so it might be a while. At the same time, Michigan does sometimes drop off from 80s to winter temperatures with no real fall in between, so I might get “lucky.” By lucky, I mean not lucky. But you know.
I watched an episode of The Dyer’s Notebook video podcast back in June where host Laura of Gynx Yarns and Kristin from Voolenvine Yarns met up in New York and collaborated on dyeing some yarn. I was really interested in the variegated and speckling technique they used in the video, so I decided to try it out myself. I fell in love with the result and it is one of my new favorite ways to dye yarn.
Here is a little sneak peak behind the scenes of my Arbor Twist yarn dyeing operation:
I absolutely loved how it came out and had to cast it on for a new pair of socks for me immediately. I have a tradition of always bringing a pair of plain vanilla socks with me to knit when I travel, and I traveled for work to a conference called WPCampus in July. So, I wound up some of this new colorway, which I named Fairy Floss with the help of some friends, on my Sycamore Sock base, packed it up with my US1 Chiaogoo Red Lace needles and was on my way!
I finished the first sock during the closing remarks of the two-day conference and started the second one for the flight home.
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Sitting down to a coffee and a few rounds of knitting on the plain sock I started on the plane (this won't be a good week for TdS and that's okay!) before getting ready for Day One of #WPCampus. #knitting #socks #sockyarn #sockknitting #yarn #yarnporn #handdyed #indiedyer #dyersofinstagram
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My sock and I are ready for day two of #WPCampus! (Also I find it hilarious that my #knitting post from yesterday is one of the top posts using the conference hashtag. The attendees really prefer Twitter!) Yarn is my own, colorway name yet to come. #yarn #handdyed #indiedyer #dyersofinstagram #sock #sockknitting #knitsocks
I didn’t finish the second sock for another ten days, but such is life. I am so thrilled by how this colorway knit up.
- Ravelry project page: WPCampus Socks
- Yarn: Arbor Twist Sycamore Sock in the Fairy Floss colorway
- Pattern: none, but I knit these toe-up using Judy’s Magic Cast On, a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and a suspended bind off. I used 64 stitches and a 2×2 rib for the cuff.
- Needle size: US1
- Gauge: I’m usually around 8 stitches per inch for socks, but I’m not sure exactly for this pair
I’m planning a shawl with this yarn and my Stylish Yet Affordable Boots colorway, too! I can’t get enough.