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Sock of the Month: “Colorado River” Socks

Explore Grand Canyon in our "Colorado River Socks" ...
Featuring Dream in Color's Smooshy with Cashmere yarn!

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, is one of the largest canyons on earth.  The immensity of its landscape is hard to grasp … even when viewed from the best vantage points accessible in Grand Canyon National Park!

At the heart of the 277 mile long canyon runs the Colorado River, whose course through the area was established 5 to 6 million years ago. Since then, the river has been at work creating depths over a mile deep and widths up to 18 miles wide ... and it's still going! It is no surprise that this awe-inspiring canyon is a holy site for the Native Americans who have continuously inhabited the area for thousands of years. 

The Colorado River Socks pay homage to the powerful river that helped shape this natural wonder. To celebrate one of America's favorite parks, our friends Nancy and Veronica at Dream in Color yarns created this gorgeous custom color reflecting the beautiful hues of the canyon ... and then road-tripped to take some terrific pictures!


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Colorado River Socks

by Amy Loberg

Worked from the toe up, the Colorado River Socks have a flowing slip stitch and cable pattern running up the center on both front and back. This is framed on each side with a lace chevron stitch reminiscent of the many layers of rock in the canyon. The socks also feature a full gusset and a robust slip stitch heel. Visions of the glorious canyon and the river that runs through it will greet you each time you wear the Colorado River Socks!

Finished Size 7 ½" (8 ½") approximate foot circumference
Yardage 330 (350) yards
Materials 1 ( 1) skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere
Shown in Grand Canyon
2 x Size US 1.5 [2.50mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge 30 sts = 4″ in Stockinette stitch
US C [3.00mm] crochet hook to cast on
Notions Cable Needle
Skill Level Intermediate
Notes Sock can be made a bit smaller or bigger by adjusting the needle size

"Colorado River Socks"   |   Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere  |   Shown in "Grand Canyon"

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Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere

Dream in Color's Smooshy with Cashmere yarn is lusciously soft blend of wool, cashmere, and nylon. This yarn is perfect for wrapping your toes in a luxurious sock, but it is also a great choice for lacy shawls or anything that hugs the skin. Uniquely hand dyed in Tucson, Arizona, Smooshy with Cashmere has many exquisite colors you are sure to love!

Fiber Content 70% Superwash Merino Wool / 20% Cashmere / 10% Nylon
Yardage / Weight 400 yards in 113g
Gauge 30 - 36 sts over 4″ on US 0 - 2 [2.00 – 3.00mm]
Care Instructions Hand Wash Cold, Dry Flat

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Jedediah Smith and the Redwood Forest

Jedediah Smith - ca 1835 - Unknown Artist - Public Domain

Jedediah Smith, 1835

Are you a fan of Jedediah Smith?  Chances are you haven’t heard of him.  Smith was a frontiersman and explorer who in 1828 was the first known European to explore the area around what is now the Redwoods National Park in California.

But he wasn’t the first.  Many Native American groups have historical ties to the Redwood area, with some still living in the park area today.  Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans were in the area as far back as 3,000 years ago.  An 1852 census showed the Yurok tribe with 55 villages and an estimated population of 2,500 in the area.

So what’s the big deal about Redwood trees?  Well, they’re huge.  I mean, really really huge.  They can have branches up to five feet thick in diameter and can grow up to 378 feet tall.  They grow along the Northern California coast where they thrive in the moist, humid climate, helped along by the daily ocean fog that adds moisture to the soil.  They are so huge that their roots can’t supply moisture up to the very tip tops of the trees – but their needles can pull in moisture from the air, which is only possible with the deep daily fog of California’s northern coast.

Big Tree, Tiny Person

But their natural range wasn’t always so restricted.  In prehistoric days they were found almost world wide, and near relatives of our modern Redwoods were on earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.

(And yes, a redwood can be planted anywhere – even in your own backyard!  But without the humid air and daily fog they won’t grow to the monstrous size that makes redwoods so famous).

John Steinbeck wrote about the redwoods in Travels with Charley  “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”  After looking through many photos of redwoods I agree – a picture doesn’t do it justice, you really just have to see them for yourself.

Stout Grove Socks

Stout Grove Socks

Surely Jedediah wore hand knit socks while exploring around the Redwood forests.  And if he had the choice, I’m sure his favorite exploring socks would have been the Stout Grove Socks, the latest in our Park Your Socks theme of our Sock of the Month series.  Inspired by the majesty and serenity of the redwoods, the Stout Grove Socks capture the subtle colors and textures of the glorious redwoods.  Check them out, and Park Your Socks!

Happy Knitting . . . . Scout

Sock of the Month: “Stout Grove” Socks!

Sock of the Month: Paradise Meadow Socks
Walk Among Giants in these “Stout Grove Socks” …
Featuring Dream in Color's Jilly Yarn
Sock of the Month Logo Inspired by the majesty and serenity of the redwoods of northern California, the “Stout Grove Socks” capture the subtle colors and textures of these magical parks.
There are lots of opportunities to visit the redwoods in northern California, including the “Redwoods National Park” , located north of Eureka. No matter what park you visit, you will be amazed by these giant redwoods that can reach the width of a three-lane highway and the height of a 25-story building!
Pictures of these socks were modeled by none-other than our very own Amy while on a visit to San Francisco. It’s easy to find a park full of redwoods … take your walk among the giants!
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Stout Grove Socks
by Amy Loberg
These richly textured top-down socks are deceptively simple to knit. The texture is the result of a simple six-stitch eyelet pattern as delicate as the foliage of the seedling Sequoia. Plus, the patterning is on the leg of the sock while the foot is all smooth Stockinette stitch. The pattern offers three sizes for the little sprouts up to the um … much taller trees.
Bonus: All of the instructions—for either double points or two circulars—are written out, so if you don't like charts, this project is very knittable!
Women's Size S (M, L)
Foot Circumference 7¼″ (8″, 8¾″)
Yardage 325 (350, 400)
Materials 1 (1, 1)× Dream in Color Jilly
Shown in Daylily
2× 24″ or longer Size US 2 [2.75mm] circular needles or Size US 2 [2.75mm] double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge 30 sts = 4″ in Stockinette stitch
Skill Level Intermediate
Angel Jilly
Victoria Jilly
Galaxy Jilly
Poppy Jilly
Retriever Jilly
Carolina Jilly
Blue Fish Jilly
Nebula Jilly
Tidewater Jilly
Daylily Jilly
Hey Sunshine! Jilly
Jilly is a gorgeous 100% merino superwash wool spun in a single ply then dyed by the talented folks at Dream in Color. If you like Madeline Tosh’s fingering and have never tried Jilly, you will love this yarn … we think you may never go back to the Tosh!
“What about the colors” you ask? The ladies at Dream are amazing dyers. Their colorways are rich and textured and they offer a selection of over 200 colors … wow! The “Stout Grove” socks are shown in the “Daylily” color … you can pick from over 50 colors in stock. If that is not enough, you can special order any color in the Dream in Color palette!
Fiber Content 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Yardage / Weight 440 yds in 4 oz.
Gauge 28 – 32 sts over 4″ on US 1 – 2 [2.25 – 2.75mm]
Care Instructions Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat
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