It can be tricky to find just the right pattern for a special skein of hand-painted yarn. As I recently discovered, Business Casual by Tanis LaVallee is a pattern that can work with almost any such skein — there are close to 800 examples on Ravelry that can attest to that. Mine was the absolutely amazing North by Northwest colorway from Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber in a 75/25 SW BFL/Nylon blend and I could not be any happier with the combination in the finished results.
It’s true that you do need to measure carefully for both size and gauge as these socks don’t stretch as much as your average stockinette or ribbed socks. If you do so, however, you should have no problems. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow — just be sure you keep close track of which round you are working (as evidenced by my own ridiculous personal problems that I shared in this post).
The yarn — like all the yarn & fiber I’ve used from Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber is just beyond beautiful. These socks are just a muted bold palette that is as unique as it is classic. They will go with almost everything in my closet. Aren’t these socks just gorgeous?!
In fact, I was so impressed with the last couple skeins I’ve gotten from Cloudlover that when it came time to renew my fiber club membership I decided to give the fiber + sock club or Half & Half Club a try. So each month, April through June I will get 4oz of fiber & a skein of sock yarn. If I haven’t mentioned it in so many words, Cloudlover is how I’ve become hooked on fiber & yarn clubs. I just love the surprise colorways and I have been so pleased with the quality and variety the clubs offer. I also adore that there are five different clubs to choose from, so you can find one that’s right for your own crafting needs (and budget).
For April, I received this shipment…
There are a number of sock yarns still with sale prices on cloudlover.com if you have a hankering to try this lovely shop out. Cloudlover is also a proud sponsor of Socks with Sarah and has contributed 2 skeins to the May Challenge pool of prizes (if you haven’t entered yet, you should!). And I promise that you there is more on the way from this fave shop throughout the course of Socks with Sarah — so stay tuned!
For now though, just one more photo of the fab socks of the day…
For more info on this project, please visit my Ravelry project page here.