Simple Skyp Socks + Cephalopod Yarns Bugga!

A little less than a year ago, it had been a rough few months for me. I was dealing with family illness & job changes and just a fair bit of stress. It so happened that I had been reading Susan B Anderson’s blog and I saw her knit up a pair of Simple Skyp Socks. I just loved them. I was on an extreme yarn diet at the time, but I splurged and got myself of skein of the yarn she used and downloaded the pattern. Well, one thing led to another and I just didn’t get to the project.  And then one thing led to another and I knit the yarn using a different pattern.  You know how it goes.

Fast forward to earlier this year. While perusing new socks yarns to try for Socks with Sarah (I have a small perusing problem, if you haven’t noticed and it often leads to acquiring more yarn…whoops!), I came across Cephalopod Yarns. What can I say about them? They dye gorgeous colorways on dreamy bases. Their customer service is super friendly. In fact, I was so impressed with their yarn that I immediately started a conversation with them to see if they would sponsor the Socks with Sarah KAL giveaway I am planning for next month (they are — hooray!!!) And then when my mother-in-law asked me to pick out some sock yarn for her, I went straight to Cephalopod Yarns and ordered her a pretty skein of Bugga!, their sport weight merino-cashmere-nylon (MCN) blend. I hadn’t knit with it yet, but I knew from the first touch that it would be amazing.

When I order from new companies, especially a new dyehouse, I usually wait to order until I can afford at least two bases, so I get a more complete picture of the types of yarns they use.  I then try to select one dark and one light skein or one subdued and one bright — just to kind of get to know the ‘color language’ the company speaks. Every dyer is a little different in technique and how they use color and by getting my feet wet with different bases and colorways I’m able to get a more complete picture as to what my preferences are in that shop.

The first skein I decided to knit from Cephalopod Yarns is Bugga!, the 3-ply sport weight MCN yarn I mentioned getting for my mother-in-law. My colorway, Flamboyant Cuttlefish. It was my more subdued color choice.

flamboyantJust kidding! It was, obviously, the BRIGHT colorway for this order. Clearly this super, super, crazy fun colorway needed a special pattern to show it off. While searching for the perfect pattern, I remembered that Simple Skyp Socks pattern I had admired on Susan B Anderson’s blog.

detailYep, I love this yarn-pattern combination. LOVE. IT. Oh, and the yarn? Yeah, it’s amazing. Beyond amazing, in fact. Pretty out of this world, actually.

footThe Simple Skyp Socks are just enough patterning to make the colors pop a little, but not so much that the pattern gets lost or muddies the color.

heelDon’t you think?

wholeThis photo is a teensy bit dark, but I wanted you to see the whole socks, too. I just love everything about these, from the luscious yarn which is just beyond dreamy to work with, to the little pops of those slipped stitches, to the stockinette sole, to that little purl row between the cuff ribbing and main leg pattern. I just can’t put into words how incredibly pleased I am with every aspect of this project.

Now what am I going to do with the other Cephalopod Yarns in my stash? More Simple Skyp Socks, perhaps some more intricate cables on that skein of the Killer Bee colorway, or maybe just vanilla socks to let the yarn sing. Whatever the case, I have no doubt it’ll be some of the most luxurious sock knitting of year in some gorgeous colors. I can’t wait!

Many, many thanks to Cephalopod Yarns for sponsoring the Socks with Sarah KAL!

For more information on this project, please check out my Ravelry project page here.

Nice Yarn Makes Everything Better

Yesterday morning as we finalized our Spring Break change-of-plans, I decided I should go ahead and snake the bathroom sink. It had been draining slowly for a while and since my in-laws are now planning to come up to our house instead of our meeting up with us at a midway point, I thought I’d be nice and get it more visitor-friendly. I’ve snaked sinks a number of times in my day, so I expected it to be — you know — gross, but done in a short bit. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse and currently I am (not so) patiently awaiting a call back from the plumber. I try to be a pretty calm person in my daily life, but this kind of thing just makes me insanely anxious. For whatever reason car & home repairs just set me on edge. I feel helpless that I can’t fix it myself and terrified of the bill headed my way.

As my husband says though, it is what it is. Things break and sometimes we need help fixing them. I will just cross my fingers the issue is minor and he can be in and out before my in-laws arrive and that maybe the repairs will involve installing the new faucet I have had in my basement for over a year. That would be a bonus, I suppose.

For now, I’ll indulge the kids in extra screen time and I will attempt to calm my nerves with this…

20140322-090909.jpgMy second Simple Skyp Sock in Cephalopod Yarns Bugga! in Flamboyant Cuttlefish.

You never want to have to call an emergency plumber on a Saturday morning with your in-laws en route to your house, but if you do it doesn’t hurt to have some nice yarn in your hands. Nice yarn makes everything better.