Thursday, May 24, 2007
Socks, socks, and second sock syndrome
Why am I only wearing one sock, you ask?
Because I caved, utterly and completely, to second sock syndrome. I am not entirely in love with these socks, but they are not bad as a travelling project. I will enjoy them when they are done, eventually. There's no rush really. They're just for me, for fun.
But then there's Panda Cotton. I picked up a couple of skeins of it at the LYS in the Blueberries and Grapes colorway. Very cute, and very appropriate for my wool "allergic" mom. I fondled it for a couple of days, tried to will myself to finish the pink socks, and wound up appropriating the needles for these. I adore them.
I mentioned how much I was enjoying this yarn (55% bamboo, 24% cotton, 21% elastic nylon) on the socknitters list, and Laura asked, "Sarah- what pattern are you using? Will you post pics on your blog?"
Why yes, Laura, yes I will.
I'm using the "On Your Toes" pattern from the current Interweave, which is basically a toe-up tutorial. You could always use the free one on knitty, but I happened to have the magazine anyway. (Seriously, this is a pretty cute issue.) Panda cotton seems especially appropriate to toe-up socks because it comes in rather small skeins, already neatly divided in half for you. And since I'd hate to waste an inch of this lovely yarn, I can just keep knitting the cuff until I run out. This is my first try at toe up, however. I was excited to try the yarn, and I was excited to try a new pattern. Pink sparkly socks are just going to have to wait.
And anyway, I can justify bumping these socks up on the to-knit list, as it would be best if they were done before a certain birthday in June (not that it would belong to any mothers I happen to have).
I will caution you, that if you do not watch this yarn, it might untwist or split on you. However, it is all a matter of yarn mastery, and it is a small price to pay for the delicious feel of this yarn. You can see some slight pooling, but I would rate it "minimal." I already talked Kate into buying it, and she's glad she did.