Way back in September, I purchased this rather lovely yarn at the rather lovely Yarndale 2014, with the intention of making myself a pair of cosy winter socks that would match my red and blue pyjamas. I get hot, sticky feet if I wear woolly socks during the day - they're an evening treat for me, and it bothers me that my two woolly pairs of socks don't quite match, beautiful though they are.
I think I started them in November, but I first remembered to take a photo of my progress as we drove up to Norfolk for our pre-Christmas stay. Little bump and I, happily knitting in the car. I was very happy with how the colours were shaping up, even if the colour changes were VERY slow and gradual.
I worked hard on them during our stay and soon I was ready to attempt my first ever Kitchener stitch. I normally just fudge the toes with a dodgy bit of casting off, but this time, having followed Winwick Mum's excellent pattern very carefully, I was determined not to let her down with a rubbishy toe.
So I called up a YouTube video and soon I was stitching away, muttering "knit-slip, purl, purl-slip, knit" under my breath. Piece of cake.
Ta-daaaaa!!! So neat! I was properly proud of moiself!
At Christmas, I got distracted by the delicious, scrumptious bag of Cosy Stylecraft yarn which I'd got from my Mum. Enthusiastically, I threw myself, slightly late, into the crochet-along led by Lucy, and my one finished sock sat quietly in my knitting bag waiting for me. But when I went along to knit and natter at the library a couple of weeks ago I didn't fancy heaving my huge sack of yarn with me to continue my blanket, so I started my second sock instead.
I was really careful - I examined the ball of yarn to see where the purple colour appeared and wound the first bit of yarn off so the socks would begin with the purple-red-blue sequence of colours.
The further I got into my second sock, the more despondent I felt. Instead of a pleasant, rainbow effect, I was creating a soil-coloured monstrosity. It was just brown, then more brown, then slightly greeny-brown, then somewhat purpley-brown. Waaaah! Not the effect I was going for at all!
Yes, there are lovely, neat Kitchener stitch toes...
... but they certainly don't look like a matching pair. I know, I know. I never wear matching socks. UNLESS they are hand-knitted socks. Those, I prefer to match.
And the second sock is NOT going to match my red and blue pyjamas. Hurrumph. It's irritating, because I worked so hard on the knitting. My conclusion is that this yarn is not ideal for sock knitting, if you care about the socks complimenting each other. It's lovely part-real wool yarn, but it's quite fluffy and splitty and the tempting colours on the outside of the ball disguised the mud-fest inside.
You know what else is irritating? That I was in such a rush to photograph these babies before the sun set this evening that I didn't pull them up to the same level! Ha ha!