One more pair on the done pile ... well not really, this pair is still on my feet! Once I decided on my mods to decrease at the transitions from the main cable pattern to stockinette portions of the sock, I was away to the races. As a result I have a very well fitted pair of Kwalla socks.
When I purchase yarn I tend towards solids or semi-solids, because you never know how a yarn is going to behave. In this case I was very pleasantly supplied. The variegation has created an interesting colour texture without any pooling. Lovely! The yarn base is MCN so it's a bit thicker and fluffier than most merino/nylon sock yarns. That's what I wanted for a sock knit on US 1 (2.25 mm) needles! All in all it's feeling like a fortuitous matching of yarn to pattern.
By the way, there's a 40% percent off sale going on right now at Studio June's Etsy shop - today's a good day to buy some yarn, right? And just look at all those gorgeous colourways. As well as the Super Cash Sock yarn, she also offers a Twisted yarn which is also MCN but with a tighter twist. And with over 400 yarns to choose from, there's bound to be one or two, or ten or twenty, that appeal to you!
Next up for the Socktopus KAL is the pattern "Kandahar". This is definitely a pattern that looks best in a solid colour yarn. I have some Elann Sport yarn that is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon that I'm going to try to use. To the hand it feels like Kroy sock yarn and to me it feels much too thin to be a true sport weight. This plan might not work out though - so far most of the patterns in the book have run large, so using a thicker yarn might just compound the challenge of getting a sock that fits. Never know until you try though!