Some dyers have a knack for naming. In the case of Bette, naming her small yarn dyeing business Beyond Basic Knits just shows how well she knows her trade. Her yarn definitely supasses basic- no lie there! Bette's specialty is dyeing up striped sock yarn- that elusive sect of hand dyed sock yarn that is rare to find reliably because it's a pain to dye, takes longer, and thus many dyers won't even do it, or aren't able to keep up with orders. So I've added her yarn to the Simply Socks line up, and here's hoping you love her yarn as I do.
Bette has sent me some perfectly-named colorways for you to choose from, some very timely like Happy Jack Stripey and Frankentut, and others just plain gorgeous like Le Jardin ("garden" in french), Victorian Vixen and Black Cherry Soda. So check out her Merino and Stripey collections before they disappear. I only have two Stripey colors in stock now, but more colors are going to arrive in two weeks.
I'm knitting up Happy Jack Stripey right now, though I did consider knitting the Peppermint Twist first so that I could knit some candy cane socks. I thought this would be a cool pair of socks to wear while taking James (who will be mini-Darth Vader) out for his first Halloween. Like my Trekking 126 socks, these are also a 3x1 rib with a picot edge. I cast on 68 sts for this sock, so if you don't have fat cankles like me right now (NO, I'm NOT pregnant again. I just have wide ankles.) then you can cast on fewer stitches and get slightly thicker stripes (mine are 3 rows). The skein is a generous 460 yards, so I'm not worried about running out of yarn- even with my size 11 supermodel feet.