Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Socksposé! The loved.

OK, finally. The "fun" post! Here, in no particular order, I will detail the sock yarns I have loved and why.

First up: Zitron Trekking XXL:


I love the way the self-striping of the Zitron worked with the pattern AND it has held up fantastically over a year and a half.

Storm Moon Knit's (now out of production I think) Twilight Sock:

great gonzo socks

These have fuzzed up considerably, but they're my comfort sock.

Malabrigo Sock Yarn:

twisted flower heel

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE this yarn. By far the softest sock yarn I have ever used and it just gets softer with every wash. My one complaint about these socks have to do with the heels (aka, why I chose to put this picture up). See the heel? How it continues the pattern right down? Complete with yarn overs? Yeah. Yarn overs + heel = bad idea. I think Cookie A makes BEAUTIFUL socks (these are her Twisted Flower Socks rav link) and part of that is due to the fact that the heel fits into the pattern seamlessly. But I've had to darn the heels on both socks and I think if I had just done a traditional-style heel that would never have been a problem.

Crystal Palace Panda Silk Solid:

entrelac socks

Truth be told, I don't get a lot of opportunity to wear knee-high entrelac socks (shocking, I know) but the yarn is still shiny and beautiful after a few washings and I get so many compliments when I wear these. I'm sure, in part, it's due to the fact that people think I have to be out of my mind to have knit knee high socks (let alone in a pattern that many knitters find daunting to begin with) but I think it also has something to do with how great the yarn is. Oh, and these are the socks that met the harlot.

Schaefer Anne / Bamboo mix:

A pair of Monkeys!

I said in my previous socksposé post that schaefer anne might not be meant for socks. And I'm sticking to that. Especially if left alone. But these were the first top down socks I made and I did it straight from the pattern. A blind "ok, if you say that's how you make a heel flap, I'll believe you" stab at it. And it worked. And that first heel that I turned I was AMAZED. IT WORKED. And I still wear these, regularly, almost 3 years later. It's the bamboo. The schaefer still attempts to felt to itself but the bamboo gets in the way. So they're a bit fuzzy but still fit and are probably the warmest socks I own.

Crash Into Ewe Jewel Collection


Only worn these a few times since they were finished just over a month ago, and every time I wash them I worry that the giant holes created by the pattern will get caught on something in the machine. But, so far so good. The colour has faded quite a bit considering they've only maybe been washed a total of 4 times. But I still think they're pretty and the sparkles haven't all fallen out, so that's good!

1 comment:

Susan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you again for sending me some Crash into Ewe Jewel collection. I keep changing what I am going to knit with it but seeing your socks again, I've narrowed it down to socks or a Pretty Thing cowl.

I tried to bring your address back to Singapore with me so I could send you something cool from here in return, but when I was packing, your address and two books disappeared. If you send me your address at my gmail account, I will be back on track. I am ssedro there.

And thanks for this series. I am enjoying seeing and hearing about the best and worst.