There is a lovely person in England who has adopted me as her sister, even though we live on opposite sides of the planet.
Her General Awesomeness level is so high she was on my Sock List within 4 months of meeting her.
So, as her birthday approached this year I started dropping little hints as to what her Gift Package from Sheepland would include.
"Hey, do you like vanillia?"
"Mmmmm, lattes are AWESOME"
"The berrylands a a nice place to visit at this time of year."
Well, I guess that berry orchards would be nice to visit at this tome of year if you lived in the Northern Hemisphere. Down here they're all brown and bare and contemplating the effort it will take to grow the next lot of leaves -.-;
So, what did my super-sneaky cryptic hints mean?
This year's Birthday Socks were the Vanilla Latte Socks created by Virginia of Ravelry.
I thought this pattern is a lot of fun to knit. They worked up a lot faster than others I have done because the two-row ribbing pattern provides just enough "Oooooh fun time!" to keep you going while not being too complicated for Newbie Sock Knitters or too boring for those with more experience.
Of course, the yarn also provided enough curiosity-arousement to keep me from putting them down in boredom and going to find something else to do.
I used Touch Yarn's Magic Merino for Socks in the "Berrylands" colourway.
The patterning that comes offyour needles changed depending on the number of stitches you have, the tension you're using, the stitch pattern you're using. . . Yeah. Magic. I really want to get my grubby mitts on the other colourways in the series to see how they turn out!
That yarn really must have been designed by a Mad Genius Dyer after a midnight encounter with a unicorn. I did NOT intend for the two socks to come out looking so nearly identical!
I have no idea what went on with that. They were a bit late, but were much appreciated and I've been told they'll be put into use when England starts cooling down for winter.
Time to go knit something random now, I think!
Have a wonderful crafternoon, all.