On visiting the Socktopus Sock Club blog, it has made me smile to read that many people said how yellow is indeed one of their least favourite colours but had really enjoyed using this one. Obviously, it had to be the right sort of yellow and Daphne at the Knittery did do us proud. One of the best bits of being in a sock club is to allow yourself to be taken out of your comfort zone isn't it?
So, I would like to continue my campaign, to bring yellow in from the cold. It can be a warm, vibrant colour, can give a rich depth to other colours and, particularly at this dark and chilly time of year, remind us that sunnier days will soon be here.
Just to inspire you I had a rummage in my stash and came up with these examples of how interesting and diverse yellow can be.
Here is, from the top, Gypsy Girl Creations in Brindle, Smooshy, by Dream in Colour in Strange Fruit, (I used some of this yarn in my first pair of Marvelous Mittens), and finally Woolen Rabbit sock yarn in Tupelo Honey. How can you resist that name?
Next is some naturally dyed sock yarn and four ply yarn, both Blue Faced Leicester from Oxford Kitchen Yarns surrounding some Rauma Finullgarn.
And here we have more Oxford Kitchen and some Apple Pie by Apple Laine.
I have also done some knitting. Below is the first sock in the Yarn Yard Sock Club January Yarn. I needed to work quite a large swatch before I was happy with the effect as some of the shades in the painted yarn merge a little into the solid but over a broader expanse of pattern gives the effect that I was looking for, a faded and well used carpet. The false flame stitch is easy to work and gives an interesting, almost woven texture to the fabric.
I am grateful to members of the Socktopus sock club for tips on techniques to improve my socks. With this one I have knitted down the inside of the picot rather than sewing it and worked the colour change at the side of the foot rather than the back to better conceal the jog. I enjoy the way we are always learning from each other.
Lastly, thank you to everyone for their get well wishes - I know I'm better now as I'm enjoying my knitting again.