Now, where were we? Oh yeah, you guessed it, Stalagmite socks were put aside in favour of knitting the February 2015 Cookie A sock club shipment.
My shipment arrived and I excitedly ripped open the package to find the club yarn was Anzula Squishy in a colourway called "Begonia". The two patterns released February 16 2015 were Pai Mei and Peachy Keen. Admittedly, I was dismayed. I didn't like the yarn, nor was I excited about either pattern. Oh dear. Never mind, maybe I had the February blahs ... maybe I'd like it all better as I knit.
The good news is that I did like the Pai Mei pattern better once I tried it on. It's a kinda wide travelling rib. After reading that others found the leg inflexible and difficult to pull over their heels, I decided to knit the large size leg on smaller needles than the pattern called for and then added decreases to narrow the heel flap and added gusset decreases to narrow the foot. Across the instep the pattern travels from the outside of the foot to the inside where it terminates leaving the rest of the foot and toe in stockinette.
If you're thinking of knitting this pattern then a word of warning is in order: the instep chart is LONG! I started my toe decreases immediately after finishing the instep chart, and the sock fits my size 11 feet! If, for instance, you have short and wide feet, you may run into trouble!!
As for the yarn, I'm not a fan. Initially I thought it was the carnation pink that was putting me off. And it did. But the yarn base feels "spongy" - I guess that's why they call it "squishy" - and it's somewhat lifeless. Oh, and a bit splitty. And don't even get me started about the number of joins in my skein - five? six? Gah!
So a week passes after I complete the Pai Mei socks, and the entire week I think about the pink colour and how much I hate it. Then inspiration strikes! Two bucks at the Bulk Barn to buy Wilton Sky Blue gel food colouring and it's a whole new ball game! I LOVE these socks now!
Next step is to knit pattern number two - Peachy Keen. Enter that yarn that I don't much like - Rowan Fine Art - for the pattern I don't much like. Okay, after knitting most of one sock, I don't hate the pattern. It's a bit tedious, but it's interesting to knit the gusset decreases across the top of the instep. And the yarn reviews on Ravelry suggest that the yarn plumps up after the first wash, so maybe I'll like it better. Why knit it, you may ask? Two reasons really - I've been wrong about patterns before and it qualifies for prizes. I guess we'll see how that works out for me. And if I finish these soon, I can FINALLY get back to Stalagmite... which I'll like better than any of the above!