Put some color in your step with our "Spice Market" Socks ...
Featuring Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball yarn!
The "Spice Market" Socks pay homage to the vibrant colors seen in traditional marketplaces across India, the Middle East and North Africa. Vendors sell a variety of goods from fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and cheeses to wines and liquors, clothing, shoes and textiles. The lively activity is highlighted by the shouts of vendors tempting those passing by! It's a place not only to pick up your weekly groceries, but to catch up with neighbors, get a coffee or to hear live music.
Amy was taken with the bins of colorful spices and they quickly became the inspiration for the design of her eye-catching "Spice Market" Socks. Using the long color changes of Zauberball Yarn and an entrelac knitting technique, she was able to evoke the colors and shapes of the exotic spice market bins!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball Yarn!
Spice Market Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
When looking at the rows of spices in baskets, Amy's mind immediately went to the shape and structure of entrelac to create the Spice Market Socks!
Worked from the toe up, the top of the foot and leg are knit in entrelac while the bottom of the foot remains in stockinette stitch. The socks have a pretty eye of partridge heel and and a ribbed cuff with a couple of rows of reverse-stockinette for a decorative edge.
PLEASE NOTE: Amy happened to get very closely matching color repeats on her socks ... but this almost never happens with Zauberball self-striping yarn. If you absolutely must have semi-matching socks, you may want to wind the yarn by hand (it does not play well with a swift and ball winder) to get two balls that start at roughly the same color repeat. Or, simply embrace the uniqueness of the two slightly mismatched socks ... they are so in style right now!!
Small (Medium, Large) - Due to the stretchy nature of the entrelac blocks, these socks can stretch lengthwise or around. The medium size is approx. 7" wide but can stretch to 9" wide.
1 skein of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Shown in Oktoberfest
Approximately 375, (400, 430) yards (1 ball)
2 x 24" circular needles - Choose your foot width (narrow, medium or wide) and foot length (small or medium/large) to determine which needle to use.
30 sts = 4" in Stockinette on US 1.5 [2.50mm]
“Zauberball” is a unique single ply yarn that is dyed in long color stripes. It is the perfect playground for different types colorwork, but it also looks terrific in simple styles, too. A wonderful yarn for socks, Zauberball also looks lovely as a shawl or other accessory!
75% Superwash Wool / 25% Nylon
Yardage / Weight
459 yds in 100g
30 sts over 4" on US 0 – 2 [2.00 – 3.00mm]
Machine Wash, Dry Flat
|A Lowell Mill Girl|
Classic Elite Yarns is headquartered just outside of Lowell, Massachusetts. In the 19th century Lowell was the United States’ largest textile center and is considered to be the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution. The “Mill Girls” were the young women who worked in the textile mills. They worked long hours in harsh conditions, then spent their evenings in company housing where their social lives were strictly controlled. Not fun! But, they also had their own money – a rarity among women at the time – and with their economic independence came a desire to challenge the system of female subordination. In an era that thought women were too feeble-minded to organize, they banded together to create unions and fight for better lives and working conditions.
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Classic Elite Yarns has its origins in the textile manufacturing mills of Lowell. Classic Elite began in the 1940s as an offshoot of a textile mill, first creating fiber for hand weavers and designers and later producing yarn for hand knitters. Today Classic Elite Yarn is owned, managed and staffed primarily by women – the spiritual descendants of the determined Mill Girls who turned the notion of the “weaker sex” upside-down! They no longer manufacture yarn, and instead search the world for fine hand knitting yarn to bring to you!
We love Classic Elite Yarn! As a tribute to the hardy Lowell Mill Girls of the past – and our spunky knitters of today – we’ve put all of our Classic Elite yarn and patterns on sale at 20% off for the month of June! That’s over 40 yarns on sale, each one in a variety of inspiring colors, for a total of . . . . well, I’m not sure, but it’s a whole lot of yarn!
Do you have a favorite?
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is a 100% cotton yarn – great for summer knitting! It is a cabled cotton yarn that has a long staple length, which gives it great strength and sheen. And since it is mercerized, it absorbs dye beautifully and is less likely to shrink!
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My favorite knitting “work space” is a wicker chair out on my porch with a glass of wine – much better than the working conditions of the Mill Girls! Get yourself some Classic Elite Yarn, and then join me in raising a glass in tribute to the Lowell Mill Girls!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy
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The name Helene Rush is probably familiar to you , but even if her name isn’t, her patterns most likely are. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry as a designer for all major knitting magazines, she is the author of five knitting books (all out of print, but available in the collectable market), and was the past editor of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine and Cast On Magazine.
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So how large is this company? Just how many employees does it take to make this yarn powerhouse a success? Just five. Yup, just five. Helene Rush herself, plus two women (one fiber artist and one shipping manager) and Helene’s two sons. I enjoy working with all of our yarn suppliers, but it is especially fun to do business with a woman-owned company that is small but known throughout the world!
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Happy Knitting . . . . Amy