Business Casual + Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber

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.

nxnw legI love how this pattern allows for little punches of color to shine — I think this is the secret as to how the pattern looks so good in so many different colorways, from solids to hand-paints.

nxnw footsIt’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).

nxnw heelsThe 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…

20140513-110408.jpgI haven’t yet decided what to spin or knit with these goodies, but they are beautiful & I will surely get working on them soon!

There are a number of sock yarns still with sale prices on 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…

NXNWOh yes, they are pretty perfect! Love the pattern. Love the socks. Love, love, love!

For more info on this project, please visit my Ravelry project page here.

22 thoughts on “Business Casual + Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber

  1. OMG gorgeous socks – I am no where near experienced enough for these! And the new yarn – OMG I love it – can’t wait to see it knitted up – happy spinning that gorgeous fiber!

    1. Unfortunately the fiber is a little ways down on my to-do list, but I will get there before TOO long (I hope). In fact, I have quite a backlog of Cloudlover Fibers to spin. There are worse problems to have!

      These socks are actually not too hard as long as you are careful to keep track of where you are. I would categorize them as on the easy side of intermediate. You could definitely be there before long!

      1. How exciting! I’m going to her website to see what’s there – I always need more yarn – I only have enough for 24 pairs now ………

      2. LOL! Tell me about it! I totally stopped counting how many pairs of socks worth of yarn I have. I do know that last week my son asked for red socks. And the only red I have is too close to pink. So I had to order a skein. And I also know that I really love Cloudlover yarns — they are beautiful and I’ve been really impressed with how vibrant the colors stay even with wear. 🙂

  2. I keep meaning to make another pair of business casuals because they are so cool!! I did a semi-solid last time, but is like to try them with a hand painted yarn as well 🙂

  3. those are lovely! I am doing business casual fro my May Challenge – changing them to toe up. let me say it is a challenge. 🙂 I also struggled with the row 16,17 1 thing, and eventually ripped them out to the toe and started again, but I did not feel stupid doing it because you had so nicely written of your struggles in the same place. Now I am turning the heel and bracing myself for the very slightly different leg pattern. 🙂 ;lifelines are now being used.

    1. You know, this is why I try to write frankly & honestly about my experiences – because we are never alone in our struggles. 🙂 Enjoy the leg & install those lifelines!

      1. thanks! lol I think I will NEVER do these two at a time again – the whole shifting a stitch to the other needle and back again is a royal pain! One at a time, it would not be bad.
        But for a challenge, it is perfect. GRRRRR

      2. Finished them last night – I made them one half repeat shorter than called for because I couldn’t take it anymore. 🙂

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