Oooooh it’s nearly Christmas. And whilst I’ve all but avoided the madness of making lots of gifts, I have finished all the sock yarn in my stash. More on those later, because my treat to myself for achieving this was to, finally, knit the Mind the Gap yarn from Trailing Clouds over on Etsy.
I bought this yarn at the beginning of August, following a tip from my lovely friend, Julia, who is happy to enable all the stripy sock knitting Chez Stitches. Within minutes of her text arriving with a link to the yarn, it had been ordered. And it’s been sitting patiently in a drawer until all less exciting yarns had been converted into socks.
I haven’t been so patient about wanting to knit it. But, it was well worth the wait!
The yarn is just delicious. Its 75% British Blue Faced Leicester, 25% Nylon. Crisp enough to get really nice stitch definition, yet squooshy enough to feel lovely in the hand. It’s not remotely splitty, and slips off the needles at just the right rate (I knitted these on KnitPro Symfonie DPNs).
The colours…..oh, the colours are deeply saturated and sublime, and represent each of the colours of the different lines on the London Underground. The name of the yarn is a reference to signage and announcements on the London Underground, which extoll you to “mind the gap” between the train and the platform, and therefore avoid untimely mutilation, or worse!
Thankfully, the yarn is dyed in such a way that you get perfectly matching stripes all the way through. Joy!
This is the first project in a long time that I was sad to finish. I really wished that Trailing Clouds did other, equally luscious, colourways, because I’d be sure to purchase more yarn from her then.
If you like a stripy sock then I cannot recommend this yarn highly enough. It’s just wonderful.
Hubby is overjoyed that they’re finished (to be fair, I did make him wait!). I’m trying to get him to save them till Christmas. I’m not sure I’ll succeed!
And speaking of Christmas…this time next week it will all be over. So I’m ducking out until the new year. 2017 has been a bear! Whilst we have much to be grateful for, and many blessings to count as the year bimbles to it’s close, there have been trials and tribulations this year that I am glad are behind us.
So for the rest of the month I shall be spending family time, chilling out with my loved ones, and edging slowly into a new year that I am hopeful will be gentler and lacking in drama.
Let me take this opportunity, then, to wish you and yours a peaceful and joyful Christmas, and a new year filled with happy adventures and dreams come true.
I’ll see you there!