I hit a little of a creative crisis recently. First this yarn was not complying when winding. I wound it, lost the spot where I needed to split, then re-wound it again; the weights of both yarn cakes were fine but I didn’t like how different the colours were between the cakes and with this yarn I didn’t want too much contrast between the socks. So I started again, this time with pen and pencil. I re-wound the whole skein again, this time writing down diligently each colour change. I worked out the split point on paper based on colour repeats and this is what I did. Or I should say – this is what I eventually did, after two more attempts, since I got lost when winding! I did blame the kids but really, it was all very confused me.
After this came knitting. I must have knitted and ripped these socks four or five times by now! I knitted, ripped, put away, then picked it up, started over… I consoled myself by gentler, more compliant knits and playing with cotton yarn and crochet as these willful socks were resting, banned to the bottom of the basket to think about their knitting fate, reduced to the cuff yet again.
So, what’s the problem should you ask. I love the yarn but it is VERY busy, both in terms of variegation within stripes, different width of stripes and contrasts in the colourway. Vanilla would be the obvious choice but I just don’t do vanilla. I lose interest, I struggle, I start resenting the knit. So this is what I came up with! The yarn is Opal 6 ply “Harry and Ron” colour. It is not the more common 4 ply, which means the stitch count in the round is lower. Lower stitch count means a little more challenge fitting an interesting stitch repeat which at the same time would work with the colour of the yarn. The pattern is developing in my hands as I’m knitting. Phew, so simple and yet such a tricky design! I turned a short row heel on one and I think I have it now, what do you think?
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