bowknot tabi socks

I don't know about you, but as soon as the warm weather hits, out come the flip-flops. They are my favorite summer accessory. I can remember many childhood summers spent cycling, climbing, fishing and even playing tennis in my trusty flip-flops. It was a wonder that I didn't end up with a sprain ankle! Later, when my college boyfriend (now the hubby) went to Japan to study/teach, I became slightly obsessed with collecting various styles of zori and geta. So when I had the opportunity to try out a skein of Saucon Sock by Kraemer Yarns, my first thought was designing a pair of fun tabi socks to wear with them. The fiber content of the yarn consists of cotton, acrylic and nylon which makes it an excellent no-wool and warm weather knitting option. It is available in many pretty colors (I am currently eyeing the carnation, coral, ginger & turquoise colors for a cute stripey version). This particular colorway is called Sea Blue and has a lovely and subtle marled effect achieved by combining a ply of azure blue with a ply of purple. The socks were knit cuff down using a simple textured stitch pattern that resembles little bowknots. I used a mystery yarn from the stash for the contrasting ribbing on the cuffs, heels and toes. If I can make heads or tails of my jumbled notes for the split toes, I will post the pattern here for anyone interested in knitting a pair. I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far. We just came back from a relaxing oceanside holiday where I did nothing but lazed in the sun, eat, read, knit and repeat. I just love the laid back rhythm of summer.



My brother, sister & I surprised my mom with a quick jaunt to Vegas. We ate lots of great food, walked The Strip, shopped and people watched. It definitely is a uniquely surreal place! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the company excellent. I even managed to fit in a little bit of pool-side sock knitting:

I was quite surprised by how enjoyable the trip was since my ideal vacation usually involves lazing around the beach, preferably with an endless supply of fresh squeezed lemonade and knitting at the ready. Now it's onwards to finishing up the school year. Just one more week and our summer vacation will officially start. Can't wait for the more relaxed pace of summer. Looking forward to sleeping in, soft ice cream cones at our favorite stand and beach knitting :)