I want to share one of the happiest patterns I have knit in a very long time...probably since my own Coffee Cup sock ~ LOL!
The pattern for these socks and the yarn come from a shepherd all the way up in Saskatchewan, Canada! When I followed the link to Val's ebay page, Wooly Wool of The West and saw the yarn titled "Jelly Beans" I knew I had to have it for Easter knitting. Of course I have yarn of my own and patterns of my own, but I love supporting other farmers, too, so I ordered my kit. How could I resist Jelly Bean yarn just a few weeks before Easter?
The customer service was flawless! I received a note back from Val immediately and my purchase was shipped the very next day. Of course, mail from Canada to the United States is kind of slow (grin) but it arrived in good time and what a treat to open the envelope and find carefully prepared yarn, a very clearly written pattern and a little fact sheet about their farm.
Since ordering, I had been reading Val's blog, Life With Sheep (be sure to check it out, you will enjoy it...And you can find a link to her shop so you can buy a kit of your own!) Holding her yarn in my hands, I couldn't help but feel the connection to another shepherd caring for her flock so many miles from me, but kindred in spirit.
This pattern knit up so quickly and was easy to memorize but with just enough change that it was not boring at all. I finished this pair, with a few yards of yarn to spare, in just two days of short knitting time and have already cast on for another pair in some of my own hand spun.
Thank you, Val, for such a treat! And thank the sheep, too ;) Hmmm...now I am wishing I had ordered more of your yarn!