Green

I realized, as I started taking pictures of the socks I finished yesterday and the ones I immediately cast on to follow them, that I might be a little into green at the moment. When I chose this stuff out of the cupboard yesterday it made perfect sense. Toronto, while warmer than usual for this time of year, is still not green.  Not really- and it made perfect sense to go looking for a little (or a lot) of the colour.  Denny has a rule that one never knits grey or brown or any other colour that resembles the outside in the last months of winter.  The lack of zip anywhere is enough to send a knitter screaming into the (grey/brown) woods. It’s too hard on your psyche, and if you follow your instincts you’ll cast on green and yellow and pink and red and any other colour that the winter doesn’t have.  Apparently, I went for green- and the Beaded Bells socks were finished yesterday as we drove up here.

Now that I’ve arrived in Port Ludlow on the West coast of Washington, it makes less sense.  There are leaves on the trees here, and green grass, and flowers and no end of fresh, verdant, brilliant greens. 


Suddenly, my wee socks seem redundant, competing with real, actual, live green for my attention.  I’m captivated up here, turning around every ten minutes and yelling LEAVES! GRASS! MOSS!

Yesterday as we arrived at Port Ludlow there was a stand of daffodils and I was just about stunned.  YELLOW AND GREEN AT ONCE!  A LOT!

At home I have one wee bunch of crocus, but this place is burst out with spring, and proper leafed out trees, and dandelions and it does a knitters heart good I tell you, darned good.  Good enough that I’m starting to think that this sock…

Cauchy from Sock Innovation, knit in Shibui sock in 7498 (lot 2954)

Maybe should wait, and while I knit surrounded by the colours of spring, that perhaps my yarn should be summer. 

130 thoughts on “Green

  1. The beaded socks are beautiful! Even if they are competing with all the green in Port Ludlow.

  2. My thought is (and I live here in the NW) you can never have too much green. Enjoy the Sock Camp, both of them! I’ll be at home, knitting my shades of green.

  3. I’m so glad I live on the west coast. Spring–indeed winter– without green? Unnatural!
    PS: you posted twice?

  4. Don’t give up hope – Rochester (NY) just turned green yesterday. Great socks!

  5. We’re pretty green here on the west coast (Vancouver Island) so I find myself gravitating towards robin’s egg blue right now. It’s a happy colour!

  6. Can you really have too much green? I think not but then again, I live in Colorado which is pretty brown most of the time. (I only notice how brown it is when I travel to the East or West coast and see all the green growing things).

  7. Glen Arbor, Michigan, is predicting 3 to 5 inches of snow for tomorrow. No pressure, though — I’ll just scroll down to the greens. (Though for my part I’m knitting Spring Forward — unintentional, that — in pale pink. Yessir.)

  8. Those beaded socks are gorgeous! Very good job indeed.
    As someone who’s just spent a week among the tulips knitting something white, because my high colour project was just too much, I can say that matching your surroundings is for soldiers.

  9. Color — for everything — was my main strategy for getting through my first northern winter after many years in the warm and snowless south. So I totally back the rule that forbids gray/black/brown/beige until nature takes over with its spring color wheel!

  10. I loved knitting Cauchy and I made them green too ! I think you should knit something white, or brown, or grey, just to remind you how great it feels to be now in Spring ;0)

  11. We’ve been really lucky with our early spring out here in the Northwest. I’m glad visitors here such as yourself enjoy it, maybe it will help our weather reputation.

  12. Yay for green! I love it & try to ignore the one particular knitter who always tells me how much she hates green whenever I’m knitting with it.
    We’re still waiting for green in Ottawa too. I should dig some out of the stash for my next project to perk me up.

  13. Your socks aren’t redundant in spring; they’re coordinating with it. Finish the socks you’re working on, or they might hide in the cupboard like the last ones did.
    Both pair look terrific. Enjoy the Northwest. I was there last week; there seems to be a rule that you and I can’t be in the Northwest at the same time. No, there was Sock Summit, but other than that…

  14. Lovey socks and a very nice color green. Im into the green colorways too but keep winking at the yellow colorways!!

  15. Those socks are freaking gorgeous! Welcome back to Washington…it’s green all year round here. I’m somewhat new to the area, and I’m loving the rich color it has to offer.

  16. I am in SC where it was 92 degrees yesterday and has been green for awhile..*ducking*..but green is ALWAYS beautiful to coordinate with the new growth you see. It’s perfect. Next, try white! Or just move here to see more green……:)

  17. Don’t you love how even the concrete is green! My first time in Washington I bought Dream in Color’s “Spring Tickle” for my souvenir yarn! I love looking at it and thinking of the green sidewalks!

  18. So, what would the colors for summer be? For me, that’s when I crave green, since around here, summer = golden brown, all shades of sepia. I love those beaded socks, redundant or no, though; so maybe green isn’t so bad.

  19. But if you are going to set those socks aside, won’t you need to post the ballband information so you can pick them up later?

  20. Not too much of a dilemma, really. You can save the green for when you are home again, and if you don’t have a summery sock yarn with you … well, obviously you need to go buy some, right? You can’t NOT have a traveling sock to work on when you are not at home. That would be un-harlot-y.

  21. Oops – you DID have the ballband info! Shows what happens to my brain when my classroom reaches 96 degrees and I am still trying to teach….

  22. I tried to cast on for Cauchy a couple of weeks ago and could not get the hang of the provisional cast-on for that picot edge. I’m happy to see you forged ahead with plain ribbing at the top, which is just what I may do once I correct my yarn/pattern mismatch issue.

  23. I have very little green yarn (I’m more of a red girl) but I love your green sox, both two of ’em (as my great-grandpa used to say). I spent the winter knitting socks in neons and bright variegated worsteds to keep my tootsies warm at work, so I’m happy to be knitting my Campfire socks in campfire colors of Trekking this spring.
    Rams, we’re supposed to get at least an inch of snow tonight in Green Bay, but you can have my share if you really want it.

  24. OOOH! Those socks are so pretty! Chicago is just now seeing some green- it’s been a long time coming! Care to share where the beaded sock pattern came from? Thanks!

  25. What beautiful socks!
    Green is a good spring color and in my opinion a good neutral color. Every color of flower–yellow, purple, red, etc.–has a green leaf of some tint or shade. Therefore green is a neutral color. Allow yourself to knit socks of some color that will of course go well with green.

  26. Your logic makes total sense. All of a sudden I realized that I was knitting brightly colored lacy scarves, one right after the other. Then I looked around and noticed that I was just imitating what nature had been showing me all along: color is back in style! I’m not done yet since I haven’t completed the rainbow. Of course, the next question will be “Just what am I going to wear with all of those scarves?”

  27. stay with the green, you can never have too much green. I am watching robins in my front garden puzzle over the purple tree sweater on their tree. Spring is amazing.

  28. my most recent yarn purchases (thanks, WEBS anniversary sale!) are all pinks, reds and purples. I think I need more tulips in my visual diet.

  29. After the winter we’ve had in Philadelphia, there can never be too much green. 87 inches of snow. A new record for us.
    That said, maybe you’d want some daffodil yellow? Or that gorgeous blue-purple crocus shade. s

  30. Just remember what Kermit said, “It’s not easy being green.”
    Beautiful socks by the way! They don’t happen to fit a ladies 6.5 shoe foot, do they . . . .

  31. Those Easter egg dyes were trying to anticipate for you… (Those socks are absolutely gorgeous, and there is serious coveting going on over here–thank you, I want to go knit again!)

  32. Your socks are so pretty, and green must be my least favorite color. (I think camouflage)My Dad’s afghan committed the sin of being green, and even the lovely, wonderful wool I love in every other color has failed to save it from languishing five years in the attic, where I store my stash. Can you knit more green, so I can like it?

  33. i looked at my ravelry page and saw that my colors seem to be biased toward green as well.
    except of course for now when i’m making bright orange hot pants.

  34. I’m over in Seattle, so welcome to my state!!! hehehe
    Anyway, I’m currently working my way through a baby/pastels bamboo scarf done in a basic lace motif. Lots of pinks and purples and blues. (As in, the color of the sky that I DO NOT see)

  35. How right you are about the winter colors! While some of my favorite colors are earthy tones, I just finished a yellow and white baby sweater and and am finishing a scarf out of “spring” green.
    We in PA have had a heat wave these past few days. The temps have gone from 40’s to 90’s in the span of two weeks. The weather service said that yesterday’s record of 94 was the earliest 90+ day ever recorded in our area.
    It’s gone from brown to green in a matter of days. A good portion of the population is speaking in a nasally, sniffly sort of way thanks to the allergies that come with the green.
    Have a great time in Port Ludlow! Enjoy all the green. 🙂

  36. I now have kermit the frog singing green in my head … the link is obviously the colour and frogging 🙁
    sending hugs

  37. I live in Salem Oregon and I distinctly remember when I realized that I had turned into an Oregonian. I had left PDX in the dead of winter — raining, gloomy, and everything. But in the winter here it gets GREENER unlike in the Midwest where I grew up and in the winter everything dies. I was flying out of PDX to visit a friend in Dallas, Texas. The plane took off, went up through a bank of clouds, and that was it. All the way to Dallas. Nothing but clouds below. When we decended into DFW airspace I literally gasped out loud! Everything was brown! What had happened here? OMG! What had gone wrong! A fire? I asked my friend as soon as I saw her, all concerned like: why is everything so brown? And she looked at me, smacked me on the shoulder and said DORK! Everything gets brown in the winter you idiot! You aren’t in Oregon any more!
    She was right. I was a dork. And I don’t complain about the rain anymore. Green is gorgeous.

  38. No, no, don’t stop knitting that sock! If you do, it will go into the void and then in 2 years [perhaps in February] you will be yearning for something, anything green, you’ll want to complete the project and then – you’ll be scratching your head and wondering where the pattern is. Press on to completion I say.

  39. Hi Stephanie: I’m green too-green with envy. Enjoy everything that sock camp brings together. Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

  40. The finished socks are beautiful. And I’m glad to see that you’re following your hard-won resolve to document yarn color/dye lot in the blog “Just In Case.” Of course, once you document it, you probably won’t need it… I think you definitely need some yarn in summer colors.

  41. Gorgeous beaded socks….and I think you’re ahead of the game in the sock of the month, eh?

  42. Hmm, summer… Something sailory… Sea blue and white with touches of lemon yellow.
    But you can never have too much green!

  43. I think the green beaded lovlies are just the right thing for such a place. And I get your point on the new green, but I also think you probably found a different yarn that you’d rather knit with and this is just your excuse to drop the new greenies. I say do it.

  44. Do you plan to set up a image gallery of the personal sock club when you’re done?

  45. Driving in to work through Wellington County into Waterloo- saw the first burst of lush, exuberant green in the farmer’s fields….and if that weren’t wonderful enough, my rhubarb is poking a magenta head through the ground….hmmm magenta and green………..

  46. Oh my gosh! I am so in love with these socks! I didn’t take the time to look at the name of the yarn, but did it come pre-beaded? My only experience with yarn and beads is Tilli Tomas, wich is fabo!
    Enjoy the socks (I know I don’t have to say this).

  47. I drove from Ohio to Arkansas yesterday and the further we went the more flowers we saw. The trees are having a full orgy of blooms here and are leafing out too. The sun is bright and the bulbs are almost spent.
    In contrast to Ohio where the bulbs are blooming, the pansies amazing and the trees were starting to bloom, fooled by recent unseasonable warmth. Unfortunately it looks like they will all get zapped by the frost tomorrow night.

  48. colour is good, whether green or yellow or orange or blue or… you get the idea!
    the beaded socks have really captured the spirit of spring and summer’s possibilities, btw, with the little beads flashing multi-coloured iridescence.
    We have daffs here in Rochester, and some rather sorry hyacinths. But I’m greedy and can’t wait for the cherry blossoms, lilacs, and tulips!!

  49. Oh I don’t know. The green sock will be a good memoir of your PNW adventure while you knit them. You were enchanted by all the green and now when you grab those socks you will associate them with the green surroundings.
    My yard is a riot of color right now. Pink flowers on the cherry tree, daffys are about finishing up but still bright, blue grape hyacinth covering everything and bright red and yellow tulips popping out. I love Oregon.

  50. Just consider the green on your feet as your solidarity with the spring. Neither an echo nor a redundancy, but rather a voice in unison!
    And just think: when you get home, there will be more spring there! Your morning glories will be peeking out soon(ish? Right?) and then you’ll be drawn into indigos and maybe some nice scarlets and, yes, yellows, then with fall and the…
    See, if you try to match your colour selection too much to the season, you’ll find out that Mother Nature’s already figured out all the tricks. Don’t take it personally: she’s had more time to figure this out than you have.
    Anyway, the new green is much more of a deep-summer green than an early-spring green, so you’re covered.

  51. Gorgeous socks!! I don’t know how you can bear to wear such lovely things — I would just sit around all day with my feet up admiring them!
    At the risk of depressing you, here in London we have plum blossom, the daffodils & narcissi are beginning to calm down, grape hyacinth and bigger hyacinths are out, I’ve spotted celandines, and tulips are on their way (except ours which are half an inch high to everyone else’s 10 inches), plus there are BUDS on all the trees (except the oaks, which are only just waking up from hibernation). Definitely spring, and about time too — it’s been a long cold winter.

  52. Welcome, from another Washingtonian who’s just around the corner, but, unfortunately, can’t make it to Sock Camp. It sounds like you need a trip in to Dinah’s in Port Hadlock–she’s got great sock yarns! If you have time, look up the song “Christmas in the Northwest”, from the first CD of that name. Yes, yes, we’re past that season, but it says a lot about our green winters. And, Naomi at 1:48, what’s a purple tree sweater?? Best, randmknitter

  53. Nah, just go for it. The green socks will be great.
    Here in Auckland, NZ, the leaves are turning as autumnal as we ever get. We have had a very dry summer, and the rain arrived torrentially on Tuesday night (as I was trying to find a free park at the hospital so I could join DS, complete with crutches and newly-broken toe) at Accident and Emergency where we had a stint that went from 5.15 – 12.10 pm (and no knitting, weep, weep – despite all I have read in the past). Daylight saving has just reverted, so it is a double whammy. Children still have not planted the daffodil bulbs their Nana sent them, tsk, tsk.

  54. As I sit here on my back porch of Northern California in the sunshine with the temperature pushing 70 degrees my current socks are a combination of pink, green, fuschia, and cream think that they are a perfect spring sock as we thaw and dry out from winter. Happy Knitting to All

  55. Very pretty socks!
    Glad you’re enjoying the change of scenery & change of colour. 😀
    By this logic, Stephanie, I now have an excuse / reason for never wearing green.
    As a little girl in a green school uniform I had a feeling that green should be in the garden, not worn by me. (On others it looks great!)
    Now, I see a contast to year round green (in Melbourne, Australia) is a good thing, and to be expected.
    Strangely, blue skies haven’t quelled my love of blue.
    Continue to enjoy Sock Camp ….
    your tales and pics are a great inspiration.:-D

  56. I cast on a lovely pair of socks in Royal Hare’s Avocado-Maidenhair Fern-when it was still grey and drab here in New England. The color was so like the new green of budding out trees that I was aching to see.
    I’m doing Cauchy now, in STR Mossy Manly=grey, but with a hint of soft green here and there. The only flowers I see are some crocus, but with the warmth today, it’ll soon be daffodils, I hope. I’m finding myself gravitating toward the pastels of spring flowers (too early for the brighter colors of summer). And, of course, I’m always a sucker for anything that resembles the color of the coast/sea.
    Enjoy your stay at Sock Camp. Being near any coast right now would be totally nice.

  57. From the comments above, it seems we all have had a very grey/brown winter and can’t get enough green! No leaves here in Minn yet, but grass is coming. Green is the best! The best on trees, on the ground and on your feet! Enjoy the lovely spring-ness of Port Ludlow.

  58. I love the beaded socks. I think I will have to find a beaded sock pattern (maybe not that one, just to preserve a sense of being an individual rather than a sheep… Nah, be a sheep!) to do next!

  59. I know what you mean. I visited fair Toronto two years ago to celebrate new years, and I visited the LYS and bought a lovely skein of rainbow colored yarn and knit up a scarf – my souvenir of Toronto and a burst of color to cheer me up during the dreary months ahead! and it worked! have a safe trip – happy spring!

  60. Go green baby, it ain’t so everywhere. Think about Antartica, Your photos and socks are making millions of penguins happy.

  61. Wow, the beaded socks are gorgeous!! I am seriously coveting them. I think they may be the most lovely socks I’ve ever seen.
    As for green: it’s my favorite color, so I knit with it any time of year. I think of it as the color of promise and growth. If it’s green where you are, then you’re at one with that place. If it’s not green yet, then you’re being hopeful and encouraging. Go green!

  62. You must come up to Skagit Valley before you leave Washington…the tulip fields are at their peek. right. now. There are not words for what eye candy they are to the color deprived. Happy Camp!

  63. But the BB are such a vibrant shade of moss, contrasting splendidly with all the other greens, a veritable rainbow of green. (And there are a lot of greens out there. I spent part of my career staring at full-color digital photos of printed circuit boards. Trust me on this.)
    I myself am knitting a pair of green socks right now, but they are not just green.

  64. your reaction to the daffodils reminds me of a bus trip i took with a whole gang of quilting ladies. we left the north shore of lake ontario in the grey and brown of a cold, drizzling april and swung around into the states. we weren’t more than a few hours south of the border when we spotted (gasp!) flowering trees, shrubs and bushes!!! the bus almost tipped as every last woman pressed her face to the window to SEE! EXCLAIM! AND DELIGHT! over the sight of it! 🙂
    aaahhhhhhhhh spring!

  65. Beautiful beaded socks! I broke out the pink cotton a week or two ago and have been working on that (even stealing a needle from a gray project).

  66. Thanks for the reminder that we western Washington types should appreciate what we’ve got. We feel like we’ve been waiting forever for spring — have to remember that to a lot of people, what we have now *is* spring! (Lovely socks, btw.)

  67. Love the green beaded socks,and the photo’s of the lake. I watched a monster quest on T.V a few months ago about that lake & the lake monster. I wish it had popped it’s head above water for you to see. Darn it! But I ordered the sock kit this afternoon. Have fun. Happy knitting.

  68. Lovely socks. For some reason they remind me of morning glory vines about to bloom.
    Know what you mean about the green, we moved to Tacoma WA from Phoenix and it can, well, knock your socks off. I spend a lot of time obstructing the sidewalk outside where there are volunteer daffodils nodding, making people smile. Happy spring everyone!

  69. If it’s any consolation, the west coast may be green mych sooner but, generally speaking, they don’t have any of the flowers we in the Midwest think of as spring flowers – tulips, irises, crocuses, etc. When my daughter mentioned this to one of her new neighbors, she was told that you cannot grow bulbs in California (& probably most of the west coast) without a lot of hassle. The bulbs need the freezing weather. So, in areas where they don’t have freezing weather, the only way to grow them is to dig them up in the late fall & put them in the freezer & then replant them the next spring. So, even with the mild weather, it never feels like spring to her withouth the flowering bulbs.

  70. Don’t know how much snow is coming to Ludington, MI as am visiting Denial (great little resort. 😉 Fab beaded socks! So impressed w/sock club commitment.

  71. Here in California most of our native trees and bushes are evergreen, but the grasslands turn brown by mid-June and stay that way until the mid-winter rains. Weather has been squirrelly this year (hot then cold then rainy then sunny, often at unusual times), so the plants are confused. We have flowers on mid-winter bloomers, spring bloomers, and early summer bloomers all at once.
    That said, I still find myself knitting “spring” colors this time of year. I just finished a pair of socks in Easter egg hues (and I got this yarn before seeing the March Rockin’ Sock yarn), and 4 out of my 5 sweaters in current WIP rotation are in spring palettes (the 5th in deep olive green — a fall color to my eye).
    Lovely socks, by the way. Your projects are way too distracting for someone with spring “startitis”!

  72. Stephanie,
    What kind of shoes do you wear with your socks?
    I have a clear pair of clogs that show off my socks, but just wondering what you wear.
    Wanda

  73. I love Cauchy! They really are stunning, and look like a fun knit. I want to make a pair!

  74. I like green and purple at this time of year. It makes me think of when the green starts to sprout, the purple crocuses around here sprout in it. In fact, if I ever knit those beaded socks, I’ll knit them in green with purple beads and call them my spring socks! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  75. I have a sad addiction to neutral colors, except when it comes to socks. Socks, in my opinion, are an excuse to knit absolutely any color we fancy. And to be perfectly honest, I never pay any attention as to whether they match my clothing. Ever.

  76. If you manage to make it to Northern California in the next month or so, it’s absolutely stunning here. Our usually golden-brown hills are green from all the rain, and it’s been foggy and misty in the bay area. It looks like Hawaii, and feels similar since it’s never too cold around here :]

  77. You are exactly right. Nature has green all sewn (knit) up. Your very lovely socks are complementary.
    I made Irish Pearls in Purple. I love wearing the beads. I thought they might be uncomfortable, but no, just lovely.
    I love when you are anywhere Northwest, Port Ludlow, Portland, etc. It seems to fuel some great blogs. Well, in my opinion. Have a great time with the sock knitters.
    Also, when you get back home, could you check your cupboard of the lost UFOs and make sure that the gansey and the bohus are not there. If they are, please, please, please get them out and put them in a safe (and obvious) basket.

  78. Ah, what Steph didn’t say was that W. Washington had April weather in January and is now getting that January weather. A nice winter storm is blowing in tonight with lots of snow in the mountains and even some in the lowlands. It is MUCH colder than it should be. Everyone be sure to wear those sweaters and handmade socks.
    But yes, it is green and the cherry trees are blooming.

  79. Have a good “sock camp.” Enjoyed meeting you, when you checked-in on Tuesday, April 6, at Port Ludlow, and signed my
    book! Hope you make it to Port Townsend, and explore Diva’s Yarn and Trim shop, just 30 minutes from Pt. Ludlow.

  80. Over bridge of sighs
    to rest my eyes in shades of green
    under dreamin’ spires
    to itchycoo park, that’s where I’ve been…
    I never realized it was in Port Ludlow.

  81. I love the fact that for you green means spring and summer. Here in my part of OZ the appearance of green grass generally heralds the onset of autumn and winter as this is mostly when we get our rainfall. Summer is just plain brown with stinking hot weather (30-44 degrees Celsius)and bright, bright blue sky. Although we have more blue sky in winter than grey sky. In a good year in my town we get about 550 millimetres of rain – which is not much – although we had 30 mm of it on Tuesday in the space of a couple of hours and that was enough to cause flooding.
    Love the socks by the bye, even though green is my least favourite colour.

  82. I live in London, UK (which spends much of the year grey and dismal) and I find myself wearing bright colours from autumn to spring just to keep sane. I simply do not understand my female colleagues who dress in black head to foot during this time…doesn’t it send them into the depths of dispair?
    In my garden the trees are budding, the crocuses, daffs, and hyacinths are all blooming and the tulips are coming up too! Ah I love spring

  83. Oooh, i love those socks. I never fully understood sock knitting because i’m not sure i would ever wear the result, but those socks may just have the power to make me change my mind.
    x

  84. There is always good reason to knit in green, it’s my absolute favourite colour! I love the beaded socks.

  85. Lovely, lovely beaded green socks! They are almost enough to make me learn to knit socks and brave those scary dpns. Only problem is that I never actually wear socks (hate hot feet and live in the usually mild southern UK) go barefoot indoors and slip those bare feet straight into my shoes for outdoors even in winter, unless I’m going hiking when I force myself into the thinnest of cotton socks first. So I’m cut off from the sock universe. Daughter can make socks for grandson, so no outlet there, and husband refuses to wear handknits!

  86. Dude you make me sound so wise, instead of a wise-ass. also the leaves came out on the trees, flowers are up here. it’s a whole new home. Have fun at sock camp. I really should tag along with one day eh?

  87. As far as I’m concerned the world cannot have enough green! I should be Irish, not Scottish as I like the green so much! Nice socks. I’m also just beginning a pair of pretty green socks.

  88. I think now you just match the pretty landscape! 🙂 It’s not very green in NM right now either, so hopefully we’ll get some of that soon!

  89. Love the beaded socks! Although Ohio is officially into green season, I firmly believe one can never have too much green. I’m working on some socks in a shade called Grasshopper, a little too yellowy green for my preference, but definitely springlike!

  90. I keep thinking how limited my imagination is compared to others. I wouldn’t even think of beads on socks because I would think they would press into your foot once your shoes were on. Perhaps the thickness of the patterning at the bead helps? They are so beautiful! I’ve been looking for yellow (dark, not pastel) for over a year now and can’t find anything. How even more gorgeous that pattern would be in a lighter color with a bead that doesn’t exactly match. They would really look like little flowers.
    We’re having our second genuine Spring here in Connecticut. Last year was the first time I can remember when freezing rain/snow/hail didn’t wait for the daffodils and tulips to bloom and then cut them to ribbons. It’s enough to make you weep to see them damaged. But not this year!!

  91. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the decadence of putting beads on socks! Here I am just getting cables in them and thinking that’s about the prettiest thing ever and you show up with beads, too! WOW!

  92. Are those new socks Entrelac? So pretty…but Entrelac scares tha you know what outta me! Yikes!!

  93. As fast as you knit socks, I say finish ’em. THEN start on socks the color of a wildflower meadow.

  94. If you think the daffodils in Port Ludlow are nice, you need to visit Skagit County (just across the Sound) and see the tulip fields. The red, purple and pink are in full flower!

  95. God obviously doesn’t think that too much green is possible, so neither do I. Love it.

  96. Here in Northeastern Minnesota, where we are quite close to the ‘nation’s icebox’, it is 37F degrees, the wind is right off Lake Superior, and we need our winter coats and hats again. But I can see a nice piece of green lawn because the wild rabbit grazed it nice and short last fall, and is enjoying the fresh food this spring.
    I also agree with all those who commented,”you can’t have too much green.” Enjoy the green and the flowers and sock camp. When you get home it will be much greener than when you left, I hope.

  97. Tina’s there, so there is certainly lots of BMFA yarn around. Surely she’d be happy to share, or if not, seems to me you’ve been known to “liberate” hers before. ;o) If you want something more summery than green.

  98. I have not commented here for a long time. Been reading, just not leaving a note. Oh, my! Love LOVE those socks! To quote the late, great Rich Mullins (in the song The Color Green) “look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made blue for the sky, and the color green, that fill these fields with praise”.

  99. Instead of redundant, perhaps you could think of the green socks as camoflauge for the feet?

  100. Lovely socks … a great shade of green.
    I think you’ll be surprised when you get home at how green it is here too … lots of daffodils, trees blooming, and plenty of dandelions too.

  101. Lovely socks; lovely color! I just did the same thing – make an enourmous green project because I just needed some GREEN after the white, white winter. Good advice to use color in February.

  102. I LOVE all things Green, as I’ve said before…
    after 20+ winters in New Hampshire, green is THE luxury color.
    I remember so many Easter Sundays there when we hid the eggs in the house, for fear of losing our lovelies in snowbanks outside. (still struck by Steph’s beautiful Easter eggs!)
    Crocus, daffs, and the colors of new leaves, chartreuse is it?
    Slow down Spring, You move too fast! You got to make the colours last!!!

  103. Welcome back to Washington, Steph! Now you know why we love it here! Knit whatever you like. The new socks are gorgeous!

  104. Have you heard about this?
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125732182
    Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has an exhibit called “Socks: Between You and Your Shoes”
    It seems like it might be up your alley. Just a bit. (And I so hope I am remembering right that you do live in Toronto. I don’t want to be that idiot that asks if you live near something just because it’s in Canada. I do know it is a big place. A very big place. And not everything is near everything else, just because its in Canada.) If you get a chance to see it, please share with those of us that live too far away to make the trip, or live with spouses to which it would be hard to justify international travel to see an exhibit about socks.
    Have fun at sock camp!

  105. Sigh…lovely, beaded beautifulness…simply delish. Kudos to you for saving the Bells from UFO Land! As always, you are an inspiration to the rest of us.
    I do love your clever photos of wour WIPs and FOs against the backdrop of your travels…reminds me of the Travelocity gnome, but oh, so much prettier!

  106. But isn’t that Cauchy pattern just the best to knit while traveling – so easy to keep track where you are, almost as good as plain vanilla stockinet but with more pizzazzzz.
    The beaded greenies are lovely.

  107. I, too, like yelling monosyllabic words to confuse folks around me: “turning around every ten minutes and yelling LEAVES! GRASS! MOSS!” And I am NOT being sarcastic, it’s a great way to get the excitement out! Hooray for spring – it’s time for the forsythia (sp?) bushes to bloom yellow here in Chicago. Love it! YELLOW!

  108. Just curious – could you tell us if you put the beads on beforehand, or as you go?
    The socks are so beautiful.

  109. My dear, you have always been “a little into green.”
    Congrats on finishing off an aging WIP!

  110. I sure wish a good sock knitter like you would create a video to show all us uncoordinated knitting slobs how on earth to hold multiple DPNs. They tell me to just worry about the two I’m working with, but it’s the other ones that get in the way. I *know* there must be a way to hold them, and since I’m a visual-type person, I need to see it done, and then it will make sense.

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