This week, I chat with Hilary Smith Callis (designer of the awesome Citron) and share a pattern for socks inspired by Denali National Park.
I bought the yarn for these socks and cast them on when I was on vacation in Alaska. It was a wonderful trip. I keep starting to call it a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but I don't want it to be that because I have family up there, so I'm hoping I get to go back every once in a while.
I mega-splurged on the yarn at INUA Wool Shoppe, which you should definitely check out if you are ever in Fairbanks. It's a huge shop with a lot of variety, but still feels cozy.
It's a sock yarn from Arctic Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute", according to their website), and it is simply very yummy. It's more than I've ever spent on any yarn, ounce-for-ounce. The reactions I received when I talked to muggles about this yarn ranged from disbelief to mild alarm. I don't care. Knitters get it. One must only experience a look of panic on a co-worker's face to remember that we are a special, rare breed. The opinions of people who are unaffected by yarn fumes shouldn't bother us.
The pattern is a very simple knit with an afterthought heel. The heel is rather shallow, as written. If you have a wider ankle or higher instep, a longer heel will fit better. Please take a look at my Three Sets of Sock Heels for other options, if you like.
Hilary Smith Callis was so nice to chat with me. I hope you enjoy our talk, too.
The Purl Bee has a great tutorial on intarsia knitting.
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