I had ordered a yarn off of the Must Stash site that I loved. It was that rare kind of love that had me hitting the “buy” button without pause. You know how it is. Some things just speak to you and this one spoke to me.
And the name – Land of Submarines, in honor of the Beatles – was just too adorable. For the first time ever, I added a mini skein to my order. Because how could you not add more yellow to this stripe pattern?!
I needn’t say more – it was love at first sight.
Second Time Around
Yes, it was my third pair of socks, but my second time around with Must Stash. Once again, I chose a pattern out of Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. Why did I do this? I have no idea. I guess I was afraid to knit vanilla socks – which is a very normal thing to do when using self-striping yarn.
The pattern was easy but I made a mistake at the cuff – and this mistake was choosing to do a 1×1 rib. I hate, HATE, knitting knit, purl, knit, purl, kint, purl. After this pair of socks, I learned to always do 2×2 instead. (Some knitting gods may frown on this, but I knit for me, not for them, and my knitting needs to make me happy.)
Pattern: Four-Stitch Ribbing Patterns (Twin Rib) by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn & Fiber – Perfect Self Striping Sock
Colorway: Land of Submarines + yellow mini
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) dpn
Made for: Matt’s mom
Time to completion: 7 weeks
You’ll notice that these took me 7 weeks to knit – as opposed to 4 months on the last pair. Just like with the last pair, I loved watching the colors of these stripes come together. You may notice from the pictures that I didn’t use the yellow at the toes – this is because I was terrified of running out of yarn. It was my first time using a mini skein and I was kind of making it up as I went along.
Given my love of this colorway, you may wonder why I chose to give these socks away. As I was knitting them, I kept thinking that they reminded me of Matt’s mom. They’re her colors and are named for one of her favorite bands. So, I really had no problem giving them to her; they seemed perfect for her.
In general, no matter my love for the yarn, I have no problem giving my knitted goods away. I love that someone else will, hopefully, treasure something that I’ve worked on, daily, for weeks and weeks.