On to the second installment of my adventures in sock knitting from 2015.- for Part 1, click here.
The pooling worked out almost like a self-striping yarn with these, and I rather like how the brown and turquoise work together. The yarn was soft and squishy with only 20% alpaca content, so it’s soft but still has that classic wool bounce and sproing. Just your basic socks again since I didn’t know what to do with yarn that wouldn’t work for intricate patterns.
Another plain sock. I’m sort of mystified how the same yarn can knit up into two very different socks because the pooling lines up differently, but it’s really rather interesting too. The yarn came put up in two balls, so I suppose the one was just a hair enough different, or my gauge was that different between the two socks. Either way, I’m not a huge fan of this yarn – when I wore them, they stretched out like crazy and almost didn’t stay on my feet. I’m not sure if maybe the elastic is too old (the yarn had been ‘aging’ in my stash for quite some time) or that the bamboo and cotton overpower the elastic. I’m hoping a machine wash in warm water may bring them back to life.
This yarn was just begging to be Jaywalkers with those HUGE stripes. The coral and red colors look like that in real life too – it’s super hard to distinguish between the two colors. For the heels, I did the heel flap and turn in yarn from the opposite end of the ball so that I wouldn’t mess up the striping pattern. I think I forgot to do that on the first one and then remembered for the second. Great, basic workhorse sock yarn with fun colors and a super quick (3 day!) knit.