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Sockaroni I – Sock Yarn

In an effort to shake off some blues I picked up somewhere, I decided to have a play with my stash.  But I didn’t get any further than my sock stash.  My sock yarns, let me show you them…

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Doesn’t look like that much, does it? And it nearly all fits in one box!  (Except for the ball in my bag, which has a sock-in-progress attached.  Oh, and the ball that mysteriously has made its way to my bedside table.  And the ball on my desk in my study.  Hmm.  I grow concerned about the near-ubiquitous presence of sock yarn in my house.)  But when you break it down, there’s a lot of potential socks right there.  I can get one regular size pair of socks out of each 100g of yarn, and I can usually squeeze out a pair of footlets for my little tootsies as well.  So if I used up every last bit of sock yarn here on socks, that would be…a lot of socks.  There’s even a few oddments here and there that would make awesome baby bootees (now, if only I knew an awesome baby).

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Ah, Patonyle.  A perfect example of feverish devotion from consumers leading to a product line being cancelled. Seriously, Patons, what’s the deal here?  I thought the whole supply/demand thing was working pretty well in your favour. This sock yarn is by far and away one of my favourites, being springy, machine-washable, and infintely softer than, say, Opal sock yarns.  At the news of its cancellation, knitters all across Ravelry threw their heads back and howled, so it clearly has a strong following.  Are knitters not translating their devotion into dollars? The lesson in this is, I think, that if you find a yarn you love, no matter how popular and seemingly-eternal it is, buy lots and lots and put it in storage, because it’s going to eventually be canned.

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Opal!  I really like Opal’s range of colourways.  Check out this hot orange number, which was astonishingly hard to photograph accurately:

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Awesome.

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This is the Europe sock I mentioned in my last post.  I think I mentioned that the colours may have been the reason I was put off finishing it.  They’re awesome colours, well-balanced and all that, but they’re really not me.  They remind me of coral reefs, actually. I’ve finished the first one and nearly turned the heel on the second.  Unusually for me, these are worked cuff-down, and kitchenered at the toe.  And looking pretty good, if I do say so myself.

The biggest challenge I face with regard to socks is that I have lots and lots of self-patterning sock yarn, but there aren’t many patterns that really complement self-patterning yarn that well.  I’ve heard the Jaywalker sock pattern bandied about for striping yarns, but the patterning ones — the ones that put little false fair aisle patches on the fabric — are a bit of a tricky fish.  Still, that means there’s lots of plain stockinette, and socks really are an ideal project for social occasions.  They’re small, easy to memorise, and you can knit on them while talking or watching movies or whatever.  Perfect!

Stay tuned for Sockaroni II – Socks I Have Known and Loved.

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