For me if something is described as vanilla I immediately associate it with something pale, off-white, most likely with very a mild smell and taste, something that is very neutral and non-offensive to anyone. Basically something that is pretty but has no character and is slightly blah. So even though the pattern for these socks is called Vanilla I think the result is anything but.
Ever since I first saw this colorway of the Arne&Carlos Regia sock yarn collection on Instagram last summer I knew I needed to get my hands on a skein or maybe even two. I wanted to use it for a simple sock pattern to showcase the yarn - I don't like self-striping yarns with cables, the result is often a bit messy and you can't see either, stripes or cables, clearly. The Vanilla socks pattern is for a pair of very basic toe-up socks with after-thought heel. Nothing fancy but just the right pattern for this yarn in my opinion. And since the yarn is self-striping and -patterning as I mentioned, it made the knitting quite mindless which is very welcome every now and then :)
The only "problem" I had was matching the stripes on the socks as I wanted them to be identical. I had to cut out a part of the yarn to get the other sock to start at the same point of the stripe sequence as the first one. I'm planning to use the leftover yarn for a little teddy. I saw them made from this yarn on Instagram and they were so cute. Theo will soon get another knitted toy :)
Pattern: Vanilla socks by Carle' Dehning
Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia design line Arne&Carlos
colourway #3657 summer night