Thursday, August 31, 2006
The Reluctant Socks
Pattern: Anastasia Socks
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, 2 Hanks
Needles: 2.25 DPN
Modifications: Not really a modification, but I usually do my socks on two circular needles, and I knit these one at a time on DPNs.
Review: This sock pattern is flawless. The following rant is about user error and is in no way a reflection of the Anastasia pattern or it's designer.
I hate these socks.
Why didn't I listen to the yarn?
This yarn was so expensive and special I really wanted it to be a nice pair of socks. I bought it to make socks, and come hell or high water it was going to be socks. So I've got a pair of socks. But we all realized atleast one sock attempt ago, possibly two, that this yarn did not want to be a pair of socks. What it really wanted to be I guess we'll never know. I refused to listen to the yarn.
And now I have a perfectly pleasant pair of socks, but they're not spectacular. They aren't what the yarn was meant to be. They're not the full potential of what the yarn could be. They are a mediocre pair of socks. Ill-fitting. Not doing justice to the color or the stitch pattern (which I think is clever, by changing the ssk to a k2tog the sock spirals become complimentary mirror images.) I enjoyed this pattern, but I made a fatal error in yarn choice.
I vow to always listen to my yarn.