Seek balance with our "String Mandala Socks" ...
Featuring Schoppel Woole's Zauberball Crazy yarn
Our next exciting travel destination takes us to the colorful region of Tibet! The home of the Himalaya Mountains and Mount Everest, Tibet is the highest region on earth, and offers stunning high-altitude views.
Its rich culture is closely tied to Tibetan Buddhism, the dominant religion, and it's symbols show up everywhere in the culture including art, music, and festivals.
One of the primary symbols in Tibetan Buddhism is the beautiful and colorful mandala, and we pay tribute to this colorful figure with Amy's String Mandala socks! Mandala literally means "circle" in Sanskrit, but within Buddhism, it is symbolic of the universe, and can be an aid in meditation. It's basic form is symmetrical and balanced and consists of circles and squares moving out from a center point, often with four gates on the sides. More pictures of Tibetan Mandalas (Google Images).
The unique String Mandala Socks reflect the traditional circular mandala with simple colorwork and a self-striping yarn ... the effect is ... well, ethereal !
Thank you to Sue for your suggestion of a Tibetan Mandala that inspired this month's sock!
String Mandala Sock Kits
by Amy Loberg
Pattern included in Kit
The spectacular colorwork of these socks is deceptively simple. Only two colors are used - a solid color and a self-striping color - to create these unique and fun socks.
Worked from the top down, you start with a little ribbing, then you create the beautiful mandala on the top of the leg using stranded colorwork. Then knit in the rest of the way down to the toes, letting the self-striping Zauberball Crazy yarn do all fabulous color shifting for you. Throw in a eye of partridge heel and these socks will be ready for your next Himalayan travel adventure!
Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball Crazy
Schoppel Wolle's “Zauberball Crazy” is a superwash wool and nylon blend yarn dyed in crazy, fun color combinations! Two differently colored plies join together to give this yarn a sometimes marled look that is also self-striping. An excellent yarn for socks, Zauberball Crazy also looks good as a fun shawl or other colorful accessory!
Amy needed a bit of solid color yarn for the Mandala colorwork, and Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity Silk Single proved to be the perfect match for the Zauberball Crazy. Approximately 25g / 100 yards of Serenity Silk Single is included in our easy to shop kits ... take a look at all the terrific colorways below!
If you have any color questions, please give us a call!
75% Superwash Virgin Wool / 25% Nylon
Yardage / Weight
459 yds in 100g
30 sts over 4" on US 0-2 [2.00-3.00mm]
Machine Wash Warm, Dry Flat
See the Light in our "Celestial Light Socks" ...
Featuring Mountain Colors' Crazyfoot yarn
Despite its small and humble exterior, the Sainte-Chapelle, located in Paris, is a gem of French High Gothic architecture. Completed in 1248, the interior gives a a strong sense of fragile beauty, created by reducing the structural supports to a bare minimum to make way for huge expanse of exquisite stained glass ... the result ... a feeling of being enveloped in light and color!
Each of the 15 meter high stained glass windows depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments recounting the history of the world. There are 6,458 square feet of stained glass windows in the upper chapel, all surrounded by delicate painted stonework. More information on Sainte-Chapelle.
The unique and classic Celestial Light Socks incorporate the colors of the stonework and the delicate colors of the stained glass windows. The socks are knit in two colors of Mountain Colors ever popular, machine-washable Crazyfoot yarn, and are perfect for both men and women.
Knit some "stained glass" for a truly inspirational sock knitting experience!
Thank you to Judy and Rachel for your suggestion of Sainte Chapelle that inspired this month's sock!
Celestial Light Sock Kits
by Amy Loberg
Pattern included in Kit
The Celestial Light socks are a unique top-down colorwork sock that blends two colors, one solid and one varigated, to perfectly represent the exquisite architecture and stained glass of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris France.
Stranded colorwork is used to represent beautiful glass windows on the leg of the sock, which is extended all the way down the top of the foot. An unusual heel construction mixed with vertical lines of color extend down the back and base of the foot, which also re-enforces these heavily worn areas.
Add a pop of celestial color to your collection with these unique socks!
Mountain Colors Crazyfoot
Mountain Color's "Crazyfoot" is a superwash wool and nylon blend dyed in those "oh so wonderful" Mountain Color shades. Perfect for socks, childrens garments and any other lace or fine gauge project.
Amy used Brass and Lupine to reflect the chapel's amazing stone supports and stained glass. We put four other color combinations together, and packaged them in easy to shop kits (see below).
If you have any color questions that we can help with, please give us a call!
90% Superwash Merino Wool / 10% Nylon
Yardage / Weight
425 yds in 100g
28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1-3 [2.50-3.25mm]
Machine Wash Cold. Dry Flat
You will love being "Stranded in Mykonos" ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn ... 20% Off!
These colorful socks were inspired by the the island of Mykonos, part of the Cyclades Islands of Greece ... famous for its striking white buildings with colorful doors, dome roofed buildings and maze-like streets lined with vivid pink Bougainvillea flowers. The brilliant blue ocean is dotted the bright sail boats ... and Amy was able to capture it all in the gorgeous Stranded in Mykonos Socks!
Surrounded by the turquoise Aegean Sea, the island is steeped in history. Traditional Cycladic architecture abounds and six museums exhibit pieces from the Hellenistic and prehistoric eras. Mykonos has more recently gained a reputation as a posh party island ... but no worries, there are estimated to be up to 800 chapels on the island to maintain a good balance. If ever you were to get stranded on an island, this would be the perfect one!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn!
Thank you to Kim M. for the inspiration she gave us from her trip to Greece last winter!
Stranded in Mykonos
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase of CoBaSi
Knit from the top down, these socks start with a two-color ribbed cuff. Larger needles are used on the cuff and leg of the sock to maintain the correct gauge while knitting the stranded colorwork. A series of motifs depicting famous sights of Mykonos make up the leg. The first motif uses three colors, but after that only two colors are used at a time for fun colorwork knitting. These socks also feature a full gusset and eye of partridge heel. When you're done, you'll love wearing these bright and beautiful socks that evoke the vivid sights of the island of Mykonos!
7 ¾” (8 ¼”, 9”) approx. foot circumference
4 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)
Shown in Royal, Deep Turquoise, Ripe Raspberry and White
Color A: 150 (160, 180) yards
Size Small: 2 x 24" US 2 [2.75mm] and US 1 [2.25mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
Size Medium/Large: 2 x 24" US 2.5 [3.00mm] and US 1.5 [2.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
NOTE: The cuff and colorwork section of the sock is worked with the larger needle. Change to the smaller needle to knit the foot and heel
32 st = 4” (30 st = 4”, 30 st = 4”) in Stockinette stitch
HiKoo CoBaSi ... 20% Off!
Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk give CoBaSi its name, but it’s the 21% Elastic Nylon that gives this wool-free sock yarn the kind of stretch and bounce that makes CoBaSi a great choice for socks ... for even the most die-hard fans of wool. It’s light-weight, cool, durable, and soft. Plus it stays up your leg instead of bunching around your ankles. All that at a price that’s hard to beat!
|Fiber Content||55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon|
|Yardage / Weight||220 yds in 50g|
|Gauge||26 – 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 4 [2.25 – 3.50mm]|
|Care Instructions||Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat|