It's the second month of the Summer of Socks 2012, and this month I'm supposed to be knitting Lotus Heart Socks in yarn from Zarzuela Fibers. In fact, the pattern calls for Chromatic yarn, but that base was no longer available so I ordered one of the recommended alternatives - Symphonic base. And that's the first problem: I think this yarn is too busy and too stripey for this pattern.
My second problem is with this cuff. It's meant to be a row of leaves - it does that pretty well - but it's big, bulky and floppy. I can't even imagine wearing this mid-calf under a pair of pants. The cuff is edged with a half inch of garter stitch - don't like that either. I can't help but think that it'd make a nice border for a little summer top or even a blanket, but a sock? Nope.
I soldiered on though, thinking I could knit the sock as written and then if I still don't like the cuff, cut it off and work a ribbed cuff instead. Establishing the leg pattern took a few tries. Don't even ask me what I think about the pattern instructions ... grrrrr! This is a KAL, though, and many others were having the same trouble so I was able to get some tips from fellow Ravelers to get it sorted out. Then I ran into problem number three. The lace pattern is written across 31 sts; it's worked twice around the circumference of the sock separated by columns of purl stitches on either side of the leg. I HATE that gutter of purls. HATE IT.
That's it. Last straw. I'm out. This sock is being frogged and the yarn put aside for something else. Now back to that Clapotis!