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Sock of the Month: “String Mandala” Socks

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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!

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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!

Size

Small 7.5" (Large 8.5") foot circumference

Materials

1 x String Mandala Sock Kit

Shown in Cloud-8 and Magenta

Needles

2 x 2.75mm and 2 x 2.50mm circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

30 sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Skill Level

Intermediate

"String Mandala Socks"   |   Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy   |   Shown in Cloud-8 and Magenta

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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!

Fiber Content

75% Superwash Virgin Wool / 25% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

459 yds in 100g

Gauge

30 sts over 4" on US 0-2 [2.00-3.00mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash Warm, Dry Flat

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Sock of the Month: “Celestial Light” Socks

FiberWild Sock of the Month: Celestial Light Socks

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!

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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!

Size

Small 7.5" (Large 8.5") foot circumference

Materials

1 x Celestial Light Sock Kit

Shown in Brass and Lupine

Needles

2 x 24" 2.75mm (US 2 [3.00mm]) circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

30 (28) sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Celestial Light Socks"   |   Mountain Colors Crazyfoot   |   Shown in Brass / Lupine

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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!

Fiber Content

90% Superwash Merino Wool / 10% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

425 yds in 100g

Gauge

28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1-3 [2.50-3.25mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash Cold. Dry Flat

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Sock of the Month: “Saudade” Socks

Take a trip to beautiful Brazil in our colorful "Saudade" Socks ...
Featuring Mountain Colors' Perspectives in Crazyfoot yarn!

The vibrant country of Brazil, with its layered and colorful history, is the inspiration for our gorgeous "Saudade" Socks. The former Portuguese colony has a diverse population of indigenous Americans, descendants of African slaves and European settlers. The country's landscape is just as varied ... from white-sand beaches to lush rainforests and large urban centers ... the country's diversity is famous around the world!

History and landscape combine to create the unique culture of the Brazilian people. It seems they are adept at celebrating happiness and sadness in tandem. For example, the annual Carnaval celebration is a feast of merry-making before the more sober 40 days of Lent ... and Bossa Nova, a genre of Brazilian music featuring the rhythmic patterns of Samba that originated in former African slave communities.

Saudade is described as a "Portuguese way of life" and is the feeling of nostalgia that brings sad and happy feelings altogether. Celebrate life like the people of Brazil with these beautiful socks!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Mountain Color's Perspectives in Crazyfoot!

Thank you to Rachel for the inspiration for this sock that she gave us from her trip to Pelourinho in Brazil!

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Saudade Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase
of Crazyfoot Perspectives

Knit from the toe-up, the Saudade Socks start with a crochet cast on and move directly into an irresistible stripe pattern. Afterthought heels and a charted color scheme make the knitting relaxing and fun. Finish these colorful socks with a folded rib hem for a super clean look and you'll have a pair of socks that are as easy to wear as they were to knit!

Finished Sizes

7 ½” (8”, 8 ¾”) approx. foot circumference

Materials

1 x Perspectives in Crazyfoot yarn pack

Shown in Brights

Yardage

Approx. 90 yards of each 5 colors, for largest size

Needles

2 x US 1 [2.25mm] (US 1.5 [2.50mm], US 2 [2.75mm] circular needles OR size needle to obtain gauge

Gauge

32 (30, 28) sts = 4" in stockinette stitch

Hook

US C [3.00mm] to cast on

Notions

Waste yarn for afterthought heel

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Saudade" Socks   |   Mountain Colors Yarn Perspectives in Crazyfoot  |  Shown in Brights

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Perspectives in Crazyfoot

Mountain Colors' "Perspective Packs in Crazyfoot" are delightful little packs of yarn for all your color needs! Each pack contains 5 mini skeins of coordinating colors of Crazyfoot yarn, which is a durable fingering weight wool that's machine washable, too! Each mini skein contains 90 yards for a total of 450 yards per pack ... the perfect size for a vibrant striped sock or a colorful shawlette or cowl!

We've got 15 great colorways to choose from, including brights, gradients and neutrals. There's a perfect colorway for everyone!

Fiber Content

90% Superwash Merino Wool / 10% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

5 skeins of 90 yds (450 yds total) and 20g per skein (100g total)

Gauge

28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 3 [2.25 – 3.25mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash, Cold, Dry Flat

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