When I was a kid, I never went to summer camp. I would always read stories about kids who went, or watch movies where it was such a universal experience, but I never got to go, myself. Fast forward a couple of decades (okay, a few) and a favourite online yarn shop of mine, The Loopy Ewe, is making me feel better about the whole thing. Every summer they put on a virtual summer camp for knitters, which means no mosquitos, no bears, and lots of wool!
There will be a challenge for each of the three months of camp - June's challenge was to knit a project using one skein, in a yarn you haven't used before. After searching through their yarns for a while, I chose some String Theory Bluestocking, which is a beautifully dyed BFL wool. I've knit with BFL once before, in Sweet Georgia's yarns, and I loved the slightly haloey glossy wool, so I was looking forward to doing it again. String Theory has some amazing colours, and the one I chose is called Nectar, a blend of pinks with a bit of coral and lavender mixed in.
The pattern I matched it up with was a pair of socks that I've had in my queue for quite a while, Hunter Hammersen's Mood socks (ravelry) from her book Silk Road Socks. I was surprised to see that the pattern was only written in one size, so I altered it a bit, adding 8 stitches to the circumference to upsize it, and then casting on and knitting the leg with a larger needle than the foot.
In the end, the socks are amazingly beautiful, and I am really happy with this project. Next month, a spectacular lace shawl in some dazzling Madelinetosh!
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