вторник, 21 март 2017 г.

Green Socks

The first of the two pairs of socks to come out of my home dyed yarn. I improvised a simple toe-up pattern with two six-stitch cables on the front - the yarn is busy enough and any complicated texture would be lost in the colorful patches.

Pattern: Green Socks, 60 sts, toe-up
Yarn: Alize Superwash, 50 g, home dyed
Needle: 2.5 mm
Time to knit: one week

For the heel I used the instructions in this free general pattern by Wendy D. Johnson - she has so many wonderful and free sock patterns!
I like how it forms the heel, very neat and without holes and the pattern has the calculations for 7 different sock sizes, so it's very flexible and universal.

I finished the cuff with one row of double rib and Elizabeth Zimmerman's invisible bind-off, which is really stretchy and beautiful.

The socks are meant for Gaby, but as today the temperatures in Sofia exceeded 20C, she just posed with them for a couple of minutes and took them down, claiming it too hot for wool socks. Oh, well, there'll be other winters to come :)

неделя, 19 март 2017 г.

Striped Sock Yarn

The second 50 g of the white Alize Superwash, which I dyed, using the same method I described in my previous post and five wool dyes - red, yellow, blue, violet and purple. This time I tried to dye the yarn in sections, aiming at stripes for socks my size.

You might have already guessed that I'm a fan of uneven, mixed, impressionist colors. I like harmony in asymmetry and irregularity.

I started the sock to see how the stripes would come out and I'm loving it. But first I have to finish the socks I'm knitting out of the green sock yarn.

събота, 18 март 2017 г.

Winter Fairy-tale - Koniarnika, Vitosha

An absolutely divine hike today on Vitosha - cloudless sky, warm sunshine, pristine snow, pine tree forests - a winter fairy-tale. To our surprise the snow cover was much deeper than expected, the paths were not much trodden and it was quite an exercise - but I loved it! I'm so ready for winter to be over and for spring to come, but the winter beauty of the mountain today was breathtaking and so energizing.

неделя, 12 март 2017 г.

Strazha, Trun - a Mass Hike

Today husband, Gaby and I took part in the mass hike for the protection of the environment of the Tran region - a very poor part of Northwest Bulgaria, some 65 km from Sofia, with beautiful scenery and scarce population. The mountain of Strazha is rich in gold and uranium, but the prospector, trying to obtain the mining concession, has already brought ruin - poisoned waters and soils and extremely high percentage of cancer in the regions it operates. The hike was a demonstration against the mining concession and a awakening call to the people of Tran, who will have the right to vote on March 26 pro or against the mining of the mountain.

Part of the hikers, we are to the far right on the picture
(picture source: Facebook page of the organizers)

The turn out for the hike was very high, especially given the bad weather during the past week. But though it was cloudy, we were lucky - there was no rain or cold wind and the conditions were very good for hiking.

Withe the elevation the environment changed from early spring to snowy icy winter:

Spring flowers

Scarce patches of snow midway to the top

True snowy cover on one-third of the path

In and above the clouds - beautiful and a bit surreal

On the top - our Gaby was immediately part of the folk dance there

Photos with the peak insignia

And downwards again:

Quiet, spooky and very beautiful

Due to the recent snow the trees looked like in blossom, only with snow instead of petals

The nearby mountain - Lubash

The village of Lyalintzi, where the hike started

The church of Lyalintzi, built not later than XVI century

Last glance at Strazha, most of the hikers are still descending from the peak

On our  hiking goal lists - the mountain of Lubash