June 27, 2005
Pooling? I don't think so!
First, dear Secret Sock Pal, I washed my feet. When you find out who I am and (possibly) read through the archives of my blog, you will be happy to find this picture, taken at the risk of getting my camera wet:
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One sock done! With respect to length, I decided to make the socks the same length as my Sock Pal's foot. I came to terms with the fact that the way his/her socks fit on my feet is... an estimation, at best, and really quite irrelevant.
I am working on standardizing the pattern and it will be available, but please, give me some time :). In writing the pattern I thought about all the different sock yarns out there, and decided that it would be quite useful to test another sock yarn, a striping one, perhaps.
The colorway is called Baltic Sea, a lovely, complex mix of deep purple, brown, green, and gray. It looks terribly pooled in the photo, forming wide spirals around the foot. In real life, the intensities of the different colors are quite similar and the pooling is not nearly as noticeable. In fact, I didn't even focus on the pooling until someone else pointed it out.
Anyway, what would this yarn look like in the stitch pattern I've been using for my Secret Sock Pal socks? Would it pool? Would it stripe? Only one way to find out!
I LOVE it! Confirmation that this stitch pattern will look perfectly reasonable with a striping yarn like Lorna's Laces.
Speaking of Lorna's...
Who is this for? Well, I don't wear wool on my feet, and my Sock Pal is all set up... you guessed it! Grandma! Hi, grandmama, you're the best, I love you and your cold feet! The plan is to double this yarn (hence, three skeins) and knit it on size US 3 for a thicker sock, more suitable for grandma's footsies. When? Not until the fall. Pattern? I have ideas ;).
Paula, my partner in crime for the day, couldn't resist the Lorna's either. I'm telling you, the solid-colored Lorna's is like... spectacularness in a hank: lovely hand, durable (according to grandma), and a clean palette for stitch imagination. As for Miss Paula, I can't get enough of her! We spend hours, more like large chunks of a day, together and I don't even notice the time fly by! Hi, Paula! Synapse says "hi", too!
(I had to bait him with something chewable - keys - so he would be still for a long enough time)
Perhaps this is a good time to mention that Paula and I have decided to do a "Not a Secret Sock Pal" sock exchange. Before you go thinking that we're copying Purly and Nona, I'll clarify that we came up with the idea independently: Paula and I decided a while ago, but didn't mention it anywhere, and then I saw Purly and Nona doing that, too! Excellent!
The best part of this exchange is making something for Paula; the worst part of this exchange is biting my tongue about the details to Paula via private communications, and to you publicly. To sort of catch you up, I have selected and purchased the yarn. It will be a simple pattern. That is all I'll reveal at this time :). Paula was over my place yesterday, and it's a good thing the yarn for her socks was all the way at the bottom of my projects basket. She did use my computer, however, I wonder if she noticed anything on the desktop or in my internet browser history? Hmmm... So difficult to be so secretive!