I love Ravelry. I love being able to document what I've knit. I love being able to search for projects that have used a specific colorway. I love seeing what other people are making.
And I love finding new patterns.
knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks the Rock lightweight, Mill End
I was part of Blue Moon's sock club for a couple years but decided I'd prefer to buy the yarn I like rather than taking my chance with the club color. The sock club got me hooked on their yarn. It's really round, which I think gives great stitch definition.*
Occasionally, Tina will have a sale where we can buy three random skeins of mill ends--yarns that either have some knots, are colorways she didn't love, or both. I have trouble passing up on the sale. This yarn is from one of them.
These colors look like summer to me.
There's a Socks That Rawk group on Ravelry that picks two patterns each quarter, one free and one not, and encourages its members to knit it using a skein of Blue Moon Socks that Rock. This is the free pattern for the second quarter. The pattern is a four-row repeat, and it's easy enough that, once memorized, I didn't need to look at the pattern. I think it looks good in variegated yarn and would look even better in solid or semisolid. (Check out the projects for this pattern here.) It also has ribbing built into the fabric, which I love.
I probably wouldn't have found this pattern if it hadn't been for this forum group, and I'm grateful. It's a good pattern I'll probably knit again.
*I know round yarn shouldn't necessarily give good stitch definition because of shadows blah blah blah. I like it. End of story.