Come to the Faux Isle
Come to where the vanilla is, come to faux isle country.
So, I meant to take pics of both my socks and shrug over the weekend, but I
I've never done plain ol' stockinette socks before, but with a funky patterned yarn like this one, it was the only way to go. You can see in the cuff there (which I did make longer than usual, prolly to avoid the stockinette vacuum that was coming after) that even ribbing would have obscured it. So I just threw a Sherman heel into the mix and voila! Riveting, ain't they.
The yarn was on the thinner side, so I knitted these up on size 0s. Not an experience I hope to repeat anytime soon. Neither is plain stockinette. It was a bit of a snoozer. It also started to get a little baggy around the ankle, so I gradually decreased along the sides (starting a couple of inches above the heel) to get a snugger fit.
As you can see, there's still some sag action there, but I sense that's unavoidable with stockinette socks.
Sherman is my short row EoP!
This is Regia Avenue Color, which was a gift from the lovely Batty, waaaaaaaay back when during knitty's SP8 round. Isn't the fake fair isle thing cool? It was fun watching each row come off the needles!
Cool as it looks, though, this not the softest of yarns. It's a bit on the scratchy side, truth be told. But they'll wear like a champ! These socks survived a year in my purse as my emergency wip (what, doesn't everybody have one of those?), accidentally got run through the washer/dryer on hot/high AND had a bit of a tussle with some Velcro, yet there's no fading, no felting, and just a little pilling (did have to use the fabric shaver in a few spots after the Velcro smackdown, but now you can't even tell).
But I'm all about the feel - fun as it was seeing the patterning play out, I won't be knitting with this again.
Wrap it up
They weren't very enjoyable to knit, and they aren't very soft, but I do so dig the fake isle patterning! And since the yarn came from my first and fabulous SP pal Batty, they'll always make me smile. :)
Pattern: 2x2 ribbed cuff, Sherman heel, and mucho stockinette
Yarn: Regia Avenue Color, 1 skein Libelle (aka #1112)
Needles: KP size 0, 32