Monday, May 12, 2014

Year of Projects: Kwalla 04

SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalla • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots

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!

8 comments:

Lucy Bowen said...

Lovely - both pattern and colour. I love how variegated yarn looks until I have knitted it up!! But this has knitted up beautifully - thank you for the link.

Frieda said...

Congratulations , they are gorgeous ! I don't think that I would want to take them off either ...

Christine said...

Very nice socks indeed! Your finishes are always so lovely and aw inspiring!

Dee said...

Well done! They look beautiful.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Those socks look so cozy!

Jessica Solinsky said...

That is a beautiful pair of socks! I love the yarn. I'll have to mentally bookmark it since I'm on a yarn buying fast for the rest of the year. :)

mysparemoments.com said...

Well done what a beautiful pair of socks, I love the colour.

Kepanie said...

Fantastic socks as always. I like the rich colors in it. Reminds me almost of autumn.