I dug through my sock yarn stash to decide on sock projects to bring along on vacation.
The first choice is some Mountain Colors Bearfoot,
colorway Juniper, that I won in Lisa's snow melt contest last year. This yarn cried out to be knit concurrently with the Noro striped sweater for which you saw the yarn yesterday. Don't you agree that a pair of socks from this lovely stuff would be the perfect accessory for that sweater? Yes, I thought you would.
I wound it into a ball on Saturday, but decided I should
swatch and throw the it into the laundry just to be sure it would
stand up to my rather careless care of socks. (I don't refuse to hand wash
socks.) If it proves to require more tender care than I can provide I'll save it for a
lacy scarf, and instead bring along this, purchased here, which would also be great with that sweater and which I swatched and washed last year:
Both of those yarns are dark and thus suitable for daylight knitting. When the light is dim, say, in the car after dark when I am using my headlamp, these aging eyes prefer that I work with light-colored yarn.
That is Opal Starken Zarkus, colorway 2006, bought somewhere in the past year. This yarn marks my efforts to purchase sock yarns that will produce socks whose colors blend in my wardrobe rather than scream COLOR! FUN! I love Opal yarn for socks; it feels like no nonsense, like it will last forever.
Just in case the Opal socks knit up so quickly that I need a second light-colored sock project, here we have Trekking XXL, colorway "Clown Barf" 156, purchased here and which color marks my inconsistent approach to the color theory mentioned above. Trekking has much the same feel to me as Opal. "This is sock yarn."