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Archive for December, 2010

Yes, I realize it’s been a long time since my last post. Almost a month. Yes, I do apologize to all 5 of you readers who have been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for the next chapter of my adventures. I have been, as Juno would say, just out dealing with things way beyond my maturity level.

There are major life changes going on with my family. I will not go further with it than that, except to say that these major life changes have affected knitting time and blogging time. I have still been knitting, for that is a major source of therapy during crazy times, however I have found it difficult to find time to blog about my knitting. It will happen again soon, but I dunno when.

Just know that I haven’t really dropped off the face of the earth and that I love and appreciate you all more than I can say. Even those who accidentally found my blog while searching for weird testicular mutilation techniques…and I know there are more than a few of you out there (hopefully you got good knitting advice from me during your travels).

So enjoy your knitting. I know I’m enjoying mine infinitely. I’ll blog at ya’ again soon.

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Funky Socks

I am thankful for funky hand-knit socks. This, of course, should have been posted on Thanksgiving, that most glorious day of poultry and thankfulness. Even more so, since I finished the aforementioned funky hand-knit socks on Thanksgiving day, but I was decidedly blog-free that day. And for over a week afterward, though I would not call that time span decidedly blog-free. Life has gotten in the way, as it so often does, but have no fear–here we go.

These socks were knit in Plymouth Yarn Happy Choices, a yarn received last March, and wrote about as I started using it back in April. The yarn is pre-knitted as a scarf, then dyed in bizarre patterns (mine originally looked like some weird Halloween-themed bull’s-eye), which the knitter unravels in order to knit with it.

First off, I was happy to receive this yarn, and I will always love the resulting socks, but having worked with it I probably wouldn’t buy the yarn myself. I found myself annoyed with the crinkly nature of a yarn that’s already been knit, and the resultant unevenness of the stitches. This quality does add an interesting and pleasant texture to the socks, but also made the yarn get tangled far more easily than normal sock yarn. One attempted pair was going to be done 2 at a time but the yarn got so tangled that I had to rip the project early on.

I also found Happy Choices to be a little more coarse than most sock yarn I’ve worked with. The content is the same as most others, 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon, but somehow it just didn’t have the softness of other sock yarns.

The strange pooling of colors due to its dyeing method made this a tough one to figure out a good pattern for. I chucked a couple of earlier ideas because the pattern I’d wanted to incorporate was virtually invisible given how the colors pooled, and I ended up with a more simple pair of socks that I actually very much love. The great thing about the color is that it stays interesting. You never know when some other color is going to pop up: lots of fun! I like that the socks themselves don’t completely match…just enough that it’s clear they were knit with the same yarn. Symmetry is highly overrated.

So my experience with this project is a bit mixed. I love the look and groovy texture of the socks, but felt like I was a little limited due to the yarn’s extremes in color and workability issues.

So what’s next on the Sock Front? Erica Lueder’s “Devil’s Snare Socks” in Malabrigo’s Stonechat colorway. After all the great things I’ve heard about Malabrigo I hope it lives up to the hype.

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