Wednesday, May 9, 2012

K'done: Chasing Snakes Socks, v. 2

Also known as the sparkly edition!

Pattern: Chasing Snakes, by Mercè Janer Olives
Yarn: Yummy Yarn Studio 80/20 Merino/Nylon Superwash Sock, in Blush
Needles: 2.25 mm / US 1

(Not sure why that photo has a soft focus effect - the original didn't, I did some tinkering to crop and resize in Photobucket and ended up with that. I suspect the resizing is what did it, but I'm not image-savvy enough to know why.)

I really like this sock pattern for semi-solid sock yarns - though those sorts of yarns are really great for any sock pattern. It's a fun knit, too. I don't really have any more comments on the pattern, since, well, I've done it before. Oh, but I did a tubular cast on this time, and it worked out terrifically.

The yarn was a fun diversion. Sock yarns with a strand of something reflective in them have been around for a while now, but I didn't get the urge to add any to my collection until very recently. (I say something reflective because this strand is sort of variously labelled - I've seen it called angelina, stellina, silver, sparkle, and, by critics, tinsel.) True, I generally avoid overly flashy things, but socks are small, which means they can be flashy without being obnoxious, so some flashy socks suddenly struck me as maybe fun, so I picked up some sparkly yarn to give it a whirl. One batch, from Knit Picks, I ended up turning into a shawlette for a Christmas gift. But this skein from Yummy Yarn Studio struck me as just right for this pattern.

And so I made it so.

I'm not sure what will be next, sock-wise. I mean, I've got some plain stockinette socks that I'm working on here and there - not very frequently, so it's slow going - but I mean for my next patterned pair of socks. It could very well end up being another pair of these! I feel like I should go for something new, but man. It's hard to turn away from something so good.

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