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Striped Pajamas

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my son in the car on the way home from school, and I don’t remember how it came up, but he told me he had never seen Lady and the Tramp. I had let my son grow to school age without setting him down and forcing him to watch my favorite childhood movie of all time. This movie is the reason my family had a cocker spaniel growing up. I would watch it every day when I could convince my little sister not to watch Cinderella again.

I had failed him.

So, within the week we had scrounged up a copy of the movie, shared a pizza, and settled in to watch. We had a lovely time. Athrun showed appropriate amount of enjoyment at the screening to satisfy me. I still got a thrill watching the old blood hound track the black and white striped caterpillar across the porch in his sleep even. And it made me wish even more strongly that we could afford to move to a place where we could have pets.

Keeping that in mind, last night I cast on a pair of socks to knit while I caught up on Sherlock. (I am working on the left front of my Vignette cardigan, where the shaping starts and I have to pay attention. I knew I would mess it up watching engaging tv.) I prefer to knit plain vanilla socks, because I like having and easy, portable project that doesn’t take too much energy, but still leaves my hands busy. Vanilla socks fit the bill perfectly.

I bought a skein of self-striping sock yarn from Spinning Fates on etsy as a Christmas present to myself on Cyber Monday. It had been sitting on my desk screaming “knit me!” for more than a month. Yesterday I gave in.

Once I had a couple of inches, it reminded me so much of that jail-bird striped caterpillar in Lady and the Tramp that I had started calling them my Striped Pajamas socks. Of course, they would be the uniform at a very glamorous jail house, seeing as they are pink and sparkly, but that suits me just fine.

I have been enjoying them so much (I flew through the leg in record time) that I have been devising new ways of dyeing self striping yarn that isn’t a pain to do. I have a few ideas, so don’t be surprised if you see some striped yarn crop up in the shop in the next couple of weeks.

What’s been inspiring you?