As you’ve probably noticed, it’s very true that I love trying new things. New dyers, new bases, new colors — if it’s new-to-me I’ll usually try anything at least once in my crafting. In fact, I think my drive to try new things in my craft-life is part of what makes me as prolific as I am because I never get bored. Also, because I’m never afraid to try new things, I often find some of the loveliest yarns and colors out there. That said, my budget and time isn’t limitless and there is a fair bit of picking and choosing behind the scenes here. I follow a lot of artisans on social media and usually I’m pretty calculating as to when I decide to take something home. And sometimes, my priorities go out the window and I do something on a whim, just for fun.
A few weeks ago, I entertained one such whim. I noticed an indie dyer I’d had my eye on for quite some time, Narwhal Needlework, was hosting a fun little knitalong. The Mystery Skein Sock Knitalong required that you order a skein of yarn using the Mystery Skein listing (sold at a 10% discount for the event) and knit a pair of socks before October 1. Now I’d been dreaming of a skein of Planet Earth or Dr Watson’s Pullover for a while, but the idea of a surprise skein totally overwhelmed all sensibilities and I decided to order my mystery skein and join the KAL. I just love yarn surprises.
What I got was neither of the skeins I’ve been drooling over, but this one…
Chocolate Raspberries in the Squishy Sock base. This base is a 75/25 Superwash Merino Wool/Nylon yarn that is exactly what it says it is — squishy! And it comes in generous 462yd hanks.
Now I’ll admit that I kind of was hoping & half convinced that fate would deliver my mystery skein in the form of Planet Earth or Dr Watson’s Pullover, but — surprise, surprise — that didn’t happen. The reality though did not disappoint. In fact, it was awesome and inspiring to get a colorway I totally didn’t expect. It’s not the type of color I’d usually pick for myself and that’s really the root of why I love surprise skeins — they allow me to expand my palette and teach me to fall in love with a lot of things I wouldn’t normally even take the time to try. This skein of Chocolate Raspberries really kind of blew my mind — in a good way!
As a new-to-me dyer, I really didn’t know how this skein would knit up, but I knew straight away that I wanted to do a pattern with slipped stitches. I have no idea why exactly, I just had a feeling it would be a good match. After a little research, I picked the Atlantic Current Socks pattern by Melissa Sibley.
I will admit that with a full sock drawer at my disposal, I’m thinking I will tuck these away in my cedar chest for the foreseeable future. I love, love, love how these turned out, but these brownish greys and pinks are so my daughter’s colors. I may just set them aside for when my daughter’s feet grow into them. We shall see.
Whether I wear them tomorrow or save them for my girl to grow into them, I’m so glad I participated in this little Mystery KAL and I so love the socks I have to show for it. Plus, I found a new yarn base & a new dyer to love. What a wonderful experience this whole little whim of a knitalong was — it really does pay to try new things!