Taking Matters Into My Own Hands

DSC03124Ok. I’ve always said that I like rainy, cloudy days. I’ve always thought that I’d like to live in Seattle with their ratio of sun to cloud (and good coffee stands). I’m hereby declaring that I’m done with rain and clouds. Possibly forever. Our annual number of rainy days is 111. Seattle weighs in with 150. (And if you go to Quillayute, WA,  you get 209 days.) I couldn’t find it anywhere, but I’m pretty sure we have already flown by 111 and it’s still October.  I’m actually tired of rain and clouds. I never thought I’d see the day. So far this week: Sunday? Cloudy and rainy. Monday? Cloudy and rainy. Today? Cloudy, no rain yet. Tomorrow? Cloudy and rainy. Friday? Cloudy and rainy. Saturday? Partly sunny, but we’re driving to Ohio for a wedding. The forecast there for Saturday? Cloudy and rainy. It’s enough to drive a person batty.

DSC03127This morning I woke up and thought that I really need a pair of yellow socks for a day like today. There might be no sunshine outside, but there ought to be sunshine in the knits. I found lots of options (and hey – look – they fashioned themselves into a sun!). Yellow is definitely a “Frank” color for me. I wear more “Marthas”. If St. Louis is going to pretend to be Seattle every year, then I will need to add more Franks to my sock stash. I do have a beautiful pair of red/orange Wollmeise socks that a friend knit for me. Those are my favorite Franks. But I still need to make Sunshine Socks for these cloudiest of days weeks months. And I think I need to carry them around in this sunshine-y bag. What is your most favorite BRIGHT pair of Frank socks? Or do you live in one of those near-constant sunshine areas and you need more calm/cool/Martha pairs?

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  1. I used to live in Chicago, and we had a spell one winter where it was cloudy for 3 solid weeks. Even the weatherman was keeping a tally of how many days without sun! It was definitely “Frank” time. I like bright pink for a good “Frank” color.

  2. My first effort at dyeing was with lime kool aid – bright green! The yarn became my very favorite “frank” socks, and are always a possibility when the day is dark and gloomy!

  3. I like a mix of colors in my stash but my favorite sock colors for Franks are red and purple- I wear those colors together a lot!! My favorite Martha’s are warm cocoa colored and snuggly.

  4. I have a pair of bright yellow green socks (almost neon) hand dyed from a local shop, and a second basic pair in the bright Caribbean colorway that I bought at TLE. When it is grey out, those are the two pairs of socks I reach for first.

  5. I hear ya sister! It’s been the same here too. Though it was sunny yesterday, I had to spend it in teh hospital waiting room while my DH had a minor procedure. I’m more of a cool Martha color wearer, but I’m gravitaing to the warmer colors of fall right now, though I’m not working on any of those colors rght now.

  6. We just arrived home after a Caribbean cruise and guess what? It’s rainy and cloudy here in Seattle! Your mention of yellow is a good reminder to me to finish the bright yellow socks I started in September. Time to get those done and on my feet to brighten up the days.

  7. My sock yarn is about 3/4 Frank (described by one or more of the words multicolored, rainbow, neon, loud) and 1/4 Martha (solids and semisolids, mostly in blue).

    I’m planning to start some socks in Cascade Heritage, color Citron, for my husband to wear to dancing. They’re Frank socks in loudness and Martha socks in non-busyness.

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