sorry for the bad title, but it kinda explains how I feel about that sock yarn I showed you yesterday. you know the one that’s harder to find than the holy grail or the city of atlantis. yeah. that one.
I originally started to knit the pomo socks from knitty, without swatching. that was a waste of time, the cuff was way too big on 2.75mm and I got lazy and didn’t want to swatch. this yarn goes from being nice to knit with to being a pure pita. can you guess why? that pic on top shows you the FIVE plies this yarn is made up of! can we say splitty!? on top of that each ply is made up of two plies. did I mention this is cotton (96% cotton 4% elite)? I’ve gotten used to working with the plies, but I can still see the working yarn splitting before I knit it. sour.
I don’t know what the suggested needle or gauge is since none is mentioned on the ball band. compared to str lightweight(left) and koigu (far right) it seems to be your standard sock weight, except it doesn’t compress nice and tight like wool. (sour) after the first needles failed, I chose to knit with 2.5mm (addi us 1’s) and ended up getting 7.25-7.5 spi. the resulting fabric is soft and a little firm, but not annoyingly so. sweet.
I tried to pick a stitch pattern that wouldn’t involve too many moves since I’ve noticed this yarn makes my wrist hurt (sour). I randomly picked the one you see because it’s interesting without too many acrobatics, just a few ssk’s and m1’s. I was surprised to see how even my stitches look, I always hear how unforgiving cotton is. (sweet) the stitches only get ugly when the plies spread in an increase or decrease stitch. I like what I’ve worked out so far, but I think I’m going to flip the pattern to change the curving. I find myself staring at the sock with the toe as the top d’oh! this is going to be a slow moving project, but something tells me that it’s going to be fun.
two more random notes:
so far there’s no circular pooling (sweet)
the yarn isn’t machine washable (sour)