It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I’m proud to say I’ve survived a stint with strep throat, my son’s first birthday party (with 24 of his kindergarten classmates), and Easter, complete with a visit from the Bunny, an egg hunt in the backyard, and a trip to see Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s circus. It’s been a whirlwind, to say the least. But in that time, I’ve been sneaking in some knitting when I can. To feel creative and productive (which don’t always co-exist happily), I find it best to have a pair of plain vanilla, stockinette stitch socks on my needles at all times. I can trot them out of my project bag and knit a few rounds while waiting for folks to shop our yard sale, like I did this past weekend, or while I watch the kids play outside in the front yard.
The first time I saw the Regia Jacquard sock yarn was on Susan B. Anderson’s blog. I was saddened to learn it’s since been discontinued. But during my Google search, I found it discounted at several online yarn shops, as well as my old standbys, Etsy and Ebay.
I purchased three skeins – kolibri (#07204), elsvogel (#07206), and blaumeise (#07202).
Since I haven’t mastered stranded knitting yet, the Regia Jacquard would allow me to produce a fair isle-like garment without the fair isle technique. Now I know I need to keep challenging myself and adding to my knitting repertoire. But the daily demands of work and home mean I have to make some trade-offs every now and then.
All in all, I’m pleased with my new socks. I like the colorway, and I knit them with a longer leg than my usual socks, since I think they’ll look best with boots or layered over tights come fall or winter. The striping, checkered patterns of the yarn also made them interesting to knit, so I never got bored with the plain vanilla pattern. It made casting on and finishing the second sock that much easier, and if you’re a sock knitter, you know how hard that can be.