Occasionally I have the overwhelming need to knit a pair of socks. It just happens, I'll happily knit a bucket-load of shawls and sweaters and then boom, I MUST KNIT SOCKS. On top of this need to knit socks, I have a weakness for the wealth of gorgeous gradient yarns cropping up from indie dyers, tempting me at every turn. So when Susan B Anderson posted about Jaala Spiro's Knitcircus Matching Sock Gradient yarns, I was helpless.
Jaala winds her Knitcircus Matching Sock Gradients into tidy little identical yarn cakes that are absolutely perfect for socks. Wait just a minute, a gradient yarn for socks? Wound so that they match? I had no choice but to load up my shopping cart and click that delightful "check out" button.
You might remember Reynard from several months back. They were the first pair I made with Knitcirucs yarn. But one pair wasn't enough. No siree. Moments after Kitchenering Reynard I cast on for a new pair. This time I wanted to experiment with other ways to use gradients. A little stranded colorwork perhaps? Maybe some stripes? Before I knew it I had knit another pair of socks in Knitcircus yarn, and had another new design.
Puschkinia starts at the top with a pretty, little colorwork flower motif. After that it's pretty much smooth sailing with a two-color, stockinette stripe broken up by the occasional row of stranding just to keep you on your toes. To make these socks you begin with the dark end of one ball, and the light end of the other. The colors contrast at the cuff for crisp colorwork, and then begin to fade and merge as you get to the toes. In the Pigeon colorway that I used for the sample they remind me of a favorite pair of well worn jeans.
When I showed the new design to Jaala, she was very excited, and suggested we work together to give knitters a way to purchase the pattern and yarn as kits. We decided that the best way to do this was to offer free shipping on Knitcircus yarns with the purchase of the Puschkinia pattern. When you buy the pattern you will be given a coupon code to use at checkout in the Knitcircus store.
I have one more set of Knitcircus Matching Socks Gradients, the colorway is Cranberry Relish. I'm going to send this yarn to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight on June 10th (which also happens to be my 25th wedding anniversary), and I'll select a winner using a random number generator. Extra points (okay, an extra entry) if you say something funny, leave a knitting tip, write a haiku, or help spread the word by linking to this post.
Head over to the Puschkinia Ravelry page for all the details about the pattern. Or you can just impulse by the pattern by clicking the button below. When you do you'll get the coupon code for free shiping on Knitcirucs Yarn.
Thanks for reading. I leave you with a photo of Sofie at our photoshoot, throwing a few yoga poses into the action.