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Thursday, May 10, 2007

For your consideration...

I decided to take a little vacation time, since the cruise was really a working vacation for me, and the time zones managed to completely dissolve the weakening grasp I had on sleep. So I've done pretty much nothing but sleep and stare at the cats and dog for the past four days.

Today, though, it was back to work, and that included starting on a sock from the gorgeous Socks That Rock that Jane-of-the-washcloth gave to me a few years ago. Trouble is, I'm a bit of two minds about it. I love the yarn. I love the colors. And I love the pattern I picked.

I'm just not sure I love them all together. Add to this that I'm pretty sure I don't like the fit. I did fifty stitches, which is just about the bare minimum I could do with the needle I'm using - a 12 inch circ borrowed from (by)Sarah to see if I liked it before I bought one. Turns out I really don't like it for me - it's not the comfort of the small shafts, which gives me no problems, it's the fact that my feet are just a smidge too small for the stitches to fit comfortably around the needle without a lot of stretching that makes me uncomfortable. I think I'd like the sock better at 40 - 45 stitches, but there's no way that would work on the needle. I'm going to grab some yarn for some socks for GB and see if that goes any better, since his feet are much larger than mine, and I think the speed of the one circ will make those slightly less torturous to work on... I hope... and now I seem to have rambled far off point - anyone remember what I was talking about?

Ah, yes, what do you think about this very cool pattern fighting with this very cool sock yarn? Are you okay with it, or is it too much battling? I'm thinking it's too much.... Arguments for either side may be made in the comments section. Please refrain from "yo momma" insults. Thank you.



Oh, and thank you all for the e-mails, phone calls, private messages, comments, carrier pigeons, strip-o-grams* and other forms of congratulatory glee about my socks. I was pretty tickled myself. There's a description of the process and judges comments on the flickr site, if you're interested.
Sock Ness Monsters MDS&W 2007


*come to think of it, I didn't get a single strip-o-gram. Get right on that, would you?

8 Comments:

Blogger ellipsisknits said...

I like the pattern!
If it was a colored yarn, I think it would have too much contrast and fighting, but with the grey - it looks spooky and cobweby and just plain neat.

9:17 AM  
Blogger rho said...

WOW WOW WOW -- the judges comments and scoring just couldn't have been better - no one else even stood a chance!!

Congrats again!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

I like the yarn and the pattern, but I agree that it is a little difficult to pick the pattern out with the color changes. Not horribly so, though, like ellipsisknits said, it does make it look a little cobweby.

And I was gonna say something else and forgot. Gratz again!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous sallyjo said...

You want I should strip for you? I don't think so.
But hey! Great on the socks!

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kind of agree with you. I like the yarn and the pattern but I'm not sure I like them together.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Actually, I think I like the pattern and yarn together.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Martheme said...

Congrats on the sock! That is fabulous!

I agree about the yarn/color/pattern combo, just doens't quite work does it?

10:01 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Oh I love the stitch pattern with the stripey yarn. Go with it. I often think these handpainted yarns need a little more texture to them.

Says the gal who knit a textured lace stitch with loud popcicle colored Jitterbug yarn.

7:49 AM  

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