Knitting in the great state of Kansas
Completed in June 2014

I was recently invited to the great state of Kansas. Wow, what a place! Wide, open spaces and friendly people. I love Kansas! Everyone was so kind to me. And the landscape is so picturesque. When I arrived into Wichita, on a night flight, it was raining and thundering with lightning so violent and vivid it illuminated the entire sky. I had never seen anything like it.

And, what's more, there's a strong crafting community in Kansas. My talented hostess took me to several quilting shops, and wow, I've never seen such a wide array of quilt fabrics and colors. What an inspiration! Now I see what my English quilting friends mean, when they talk about the vast selection of fabric available only in America.

And, of course, there were yarn shops. Dear knitterly friends, what don't we like about popping into new yarn shops? We knitters love a woolly souvenir of our travels, eh?

These socks were knit with wool purchased at the pleasant shop, The Shivering Sheep, at 308 North Buckeye Avenue in Abilene, Kansas. What a nice shop! Do stop in and browse, if you're in the neighborhood, as you might be if you visit the nearby Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, which I highly recommend. Oh how I do enjoy a nice house-museum! That was such a nice day out.

It's amazing the color differentiation between the two photoshoots, above. It's all the same socks! But the more vibrant colorway is more accurate. I wish someone could teach me how to consistently capture true lifelike colors on my camera....

The yarn is Viking of Norway brand sock yarn called Nordlys, in colorway #934. It's 75% superwash wool with 25% nylon for strength. The pricing is standard at US$14 per 100 grams and 385 yards. The yarn has little spin to it which provides a halo effect that complements the muted colorway of my favorite greens and oranges. All in all, a very nice yarn from a very nice shop!

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