Or, more correctly, a day to support yarn stores. Today is the brick-and-mortar shop appreciation day designed to bring together fiber lovers of all types whether they knit (my personal passion), crochet, weave or spin as we celebrate our craft and give a most appreciative nod to local entrepreneurs.
Small businesses have it tough in any era slugging it out against big-box stores and online ordering but COVID has dramatically increased those challenges. Kudos to my (almost local) local yarn store, Northfield Yarn, for carefully following COVD guidelines to help keep me healthy and for their marketing flexibility. My online and phone orders arrived pronto via priority mail and, once in store shopping resumed, Cynthia and her trusted sales crew tucked away my special orders until I could find a bright sunny day to travel the rural Minnesota countryside.
Happy Local Yarn Store Day!
Fox Socks Box Knox Knox in box. Fox in socks.
After my toe-up Ruisseau Socks, I swore off knitting this particular clothes item. Too fussy. All that work to complete just one and, of course, one is not enough so you are done but not done. Then the September Knit Camp project was (you guessed it) SOCKS. So, ever the practical person (after all why pay for classes and then skip them) I tackled another pair. Designed by Marie Greene and dubbed Milkshake Socks because this is “An old-fashion recipe for plain socks that you can shake up with your choice of colorful yarns. … Think of your yarn choice like adding flavor to your milkshake.”
Gauge for Ruisseau required US #1 needles. My first time working with something that small and my sock learning experience was to continue as Milkshake necessitated a #0 based on my tension and this yarn. To get a sense of size – pull out a ruler with metric measurements. A #1 needle is 2.25mm in diameter and the #0 a fraction smaller at 2mm.
New socks. Two socks. Whose socks? Sue’s socks. Who sews whose socks? Sue sews Sue’s socks.
No new yarn was purchased for this project as I did a stash dive for this orange-turquoise-gray self-striping skein called Enceladus (one of Saturn’s ice moons). The color combo was unique to Northfield Yarns and purchased during the 2015 YarnVenture shop hop. At the time I had yet to knit a pair of socks or even add them to my project queue. I picked up the exclusive hand dyed skein solely because as it was featured by what I now dub my local yarn store (LYS).
With my Milkshake Socks complete, I think I may really be done with socks – – – Thank you Dr. Suess and Fox in Socks [or not!]