In tough economic times such as these it seems as though bartering is coming back into vogue in a lot of places. It’s certainly fine by me! With one steady income right now we certainly aren’t rolling in the dough (not that we ever were really). Sometimes though, someone just knows the joy of hand knit socks and doesn’t have the skills to make them themselves so they know the right person to come to.
Pattern: Summer Spirals by Ina Isobe
Yarn: Panda Cotton Print
My friend Maria is an AMAZING asian bodywork practitioner and I am happy to avail myself of her services every year at bassoon camp (and routinely wish to pack her in my suitcase and bring her back with me so that I might partake for more than just 10 days a year). This year she asked if she could be paid in socks and I was more than happy to oblige! It also didn’t hurt that the first pattern for SOS this year was knit in a cotton yarn as Maria is sadly allergic to wool.
While the variegation does obscure the patterning a bit, I still like the look of these. The pattern is EXTREMELY well written giving lots of options for modification. I’ve actually taken the time to link to the pattern on Ravelry so you can check it out because you really NEED to have this pattern! And if cotton yarns aren’t your thing you can absolutely knit this in wool as well.
I’m happy to report that they are already with the recipient and apparently fit well and are warm and comfortable. I’ve got at least 4 more pairs worth of yarn for her so you’ll be seeing more of these wool-free socks in the future!
(Sorry again for the radio silence. Life has just been busy! Hope to be here more now that things are beginning to calm down. More soon!)