Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Reluctant Socks

Anastasia 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.

Poor Socks

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.

Such wasted potential

I vow to always listen to my yarn.


Bitterknitter said...

I'm sorry the socks are (again) less than you'd hoped. Sometimes I hate the power a special yarn can hold over a knitter's head! (Are they at least comfortable?)


turtlegirl76 said...

They're fabulous though! Please don't say you're going to rip these too?!

Katrina said...

I love how the first picture looks like the socks themselves are reluctant to be photographed :)

That being said, I honestly think they're beautiful. Will you keep them? Will you wear them again? I hope you get good use out of them.

Don't let this turn you away from using special yarns for certain projects. Maybe you got a rogue skein or two that just felt like being defiant.

Holly Jo said...

The socks do look lovely, but I hear you about the yarn. I feel like when I knit socks with Koigu I am doing it injustice. I saw a GORGEOUS cabled scarf the other day in my LYS done with Koigu. I swooned.

Mintyfresh said...

I think you are the first finished pair I've seen!! I'm sorry that you're not satisfied with the yarn's transformation into socks, but they really do look great.

kimberly said...

I don't understand-they look great to me.