Back in November of last year, I went on a (belated) 40th birthday trip to Oaxaca, Mexico
. In an effort to pack light, I needed to bring a small project that I could quickly take in and out of my bag with an easily memorizable stitch pattern, but was stumped as to what to bring. Around the same time, we had quite a few conversations with shops who were using Andorra
for socks. While it had not yet occurred to us to do so, it made perfect
sense - the yarn is strong, soft, and makes for a very warm mid-winter layer. Putting two and two together, it only seemed logical that I should find a sock pattern and take a skein with me to try it out!
Andorra works really beautifully at 24 stitches over 4" (see more in my swatching post here
). I knew I wanted a denser fabric for socks, but not so dense, so pretty much every fingering weight pattern wasn't an option. Enter the Alternate Twist Slippers
. The pattern was the correct gauge, the stitch pattern checked off all the boxes, and I had been itching to make something with one of the newer colors, Dijon.
I didn't get nearly as much knitting done on my trip as I expected as every moment was a culinary, visual, or auditory delight. But what I did
manage was really great. Initially concerned that working Andorra on US 2 double pointed needles would be uncomfortable on my hands, the yarn performed beautifully at a denser-than-normal gauge and the knitting was a pleasure.
After coming home, I made a point to work on them when the mood struck me, making sure it was a project purely for pleasure. Fast forward six months, and the pair is complete! I LOVE how they turned out and cannot wait to plan another, this time in one of the newest colors of Andorra, sage.