Last month we visited Canada for a couple of weeks. It was my first ever Canada trip and readers, I am smitten. Canadians are just as friendly as the hype says, the views are as stunning, the food as good. Much as I love London I can very much understand the appeal of packing up and heading to the land of poutine, lumberjacks and glorious mountainous vistas.
As this isn’t a travel blog it doesn’t seem right to just show you lovely photos of lovely views and fun times (although I have plenty of those). However as it’s sock-post day, and I had a sock project with me to keep me busy during travel times on the trip, well. What you all deserve is a series of blurry sock-in-progress pics in front of a few Canadian tourist traps and travel views, right? Right!
The sock itself has no pattern – it’s a toe-up one with short-row tow and heel, and is my first foray into helical stripes. Helical stripes, btw, are a LOT of fun and weirdly addictive. I’d looked up instructions once before and got bored before finishing the first paragraph, but turns out they’re something which are much more complicated to explain than to do (with two colours you keep chasing them around the spiral but never catch up with each other – it’s v. simple). The yarn is the Dandelion Katie sock I picked up at Pomfest in July and it makes a great firm fabric.
What I didn’t do on our trip was buy any yarn. I did look (despite the yarn ban!) but nothing quite grabbed me enough to warrant a spot in my luggage. Shout out to the nice lady from the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island though, who has a magical shop and also let me borrow her scales to see if I had enough teal yarn left to make a matching pair of helical socks rather than fraternal (I did! hooray!). If we’d had a bit longer in Vancouver I would have spent an afternoon bussing around a few more yarn ships but, alas, we had to come home before I had time.
Back to the socks – helical sock two is currently just above the ankle, so with luck there’ll be a finished post on those later this month and I can then get on with my second Twisted Soul sock.
As ever, now is the perfect time to see what my knitting friends are up to when it comes to sock knitting: Paula, with her amazing purple hair (Spin a Yarn), Katherine, who has just moved to the UK, yay (Fiber and Sustenance) and Stefanie, who is on month two of her blog hiatus but will be back soon (Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons). And anyone who’d like to join in the monthly blogging is totally welcome (joooooin us!).