2019 definitely was a year of inflated expectations.
I began with a roadmap for personal creative goals, a development plan for my day job, as well as a Ravelry project queue packed with deadlines for Christmas. My big plan was to make every single person in my immediate circle (and then some) feel absolutely special during the holidays, and I knew that starting in advance was doing to be the way to do it. There were 5 projects in my Ravelry queue with Christmas deadlines. Nearly all of them made with fingering weight yarn, and every one of them socks.
Oh right, Operation: Christmas 2019. That. Better late than never I guess. Nick formally received that Christmas gift this spring. He loves them. They mostly fit perfectly too (and no I’m not planning to fix them). Sorted.
In late 2016, we took our yearly trip to Pike Place for our holiday shopping and sightseeing. Nick let me know that there’s a small yarn shop upstairs. I didn’t have too many projects in need of yarn, but will not resist a chance to visit a new LYS.
The warm, welcoming atmosphere was the first thing I noticed walking in.
So Much Yarn felt like a combination chill spot for knitters to sit, knit, and chat, and spot to sample and buy yarn. Within minutes I felt toasty and right at home.
I finished this project in 2018, but am still so in love with it that I have to give it the attention it deserves. This was my second go at Campbell’s pattern. I adored it the first time, but was frustrated with the yarn I used. This sock pattern deserved another chance.
Show-off Stranded Socks is available for free on Ravelry. The slipped stitchwork makes variegated yarn blend well without looking garish. A fantastic choice for skeins that look great as skeins but…not reliably great when knit up.