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Welcome to The Girl with the Striped Socks!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Ashley, and I am the girl with the striped socks… on my needles, that is. Confused? Hopefully not for long! I’m 21 years old, I’m the proud owner of one very lazy leopard gecko, and I am a Knitter (capitalization here is essential, I promise). As a university student, there are two questions that are always asked, and always get a little annoying:

“What is that going to get you?” (Normally in regards to your degree/major/minor etc.)

“Tell us about yourself!” (Normally asked by a prof or new roommates upon congregating for the first time.)

Funnily enough, these questions also apply to the noble art of knitting. The first is normally uttered by the naysayers, those who haven’t yet been converted to the warm world of hand-knit woolies (beware fellow Knitters: Some of these people may never be converted. Best to steer clear of those people- you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life). Once I clarify what is on my needles, this question is normally followed up by countless variations of the suggestion that I can buy the same thing for less in a Walmart. And in–gasp–multiples!

The second question has more to do with identity. If you ask me this question, my answer will always include ‘Knitter’ (whether or not I include this in my vocal answer or not depends on where we are, although you can rest assured that it’s not in my mouth it’s in my brain). And this really why I wanted to start a blog about knitting. Connecting with Knitters can be hard. We tend to hide, only coming out of the woodwork when something big happens that draws us out… Like a yarn sale, or a live appearance by the Yarn Harlot. I think a lot of my loved ones get a little…. well, what’s the word? Wary?… when I start talking about my current (and sometimes future) projects. Extra kudos to those of you who have changed my name in your phone to ‘Alpaca Queen’, you will all have prestigious positions in my kingdom.

So there it is. If you’re a knitter, or an aspiring knitter, drop in a line below and chat. Hell, if you’re the exasperated loved one of a knitter seeking answers or maybe a bit confused by your Knitter, welcome. You may find help here.

My striped socks are knit with ‘Pheasant’ by West Yorkshire Spinners, as part of their Signature 4 ply line. If you’re a Ravelry member, you can find out more about it here. Really lovely yarn, especially for socks. The 75% of it that is wool contributes to that delicious squish factor (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, dude.), and the last 25% is nylon makes it ideal for socks. I have a deep love for self-patterning sock yarns, and this is one the best I’ve worked with. 10/10, would knit again 😉 With one done, and the second well on its way, I can’t decide whether to cast on a second pair or toy with the idea of investing in its sibling…’Blue Tit’. They’ve got quite the bird thing going on. Seriously, a Blue Tit is an actual bird (a beautiful bird), not a medical fascination. And the yarn has some pretty stunning yellow and blue combinations. Where did I put my Christmas list, again?

What do you think of self-patterning/striping yarn? Yay or nay?

With Love,

The Girl with the Striped Socks