Monday, June 4, 2007

Let's Rock

Since I'm on a roll, sock wise, I started one of the skeins of my Socks that Rock yarn, color - Lemongrass.

I had never seen this yarn knit up, but if you're calling it "Socks that Rock" then I expect a little flash -- some zigs, some zags, a wild streak or two.

In a moment of sheer insanity I chose a complicated Japanese cable pattern and started. You know how THE KNITTING RULES HANDBOOK states you should never work a busy pattern with variegated yarn? You did get your copy, right? Or have someone who is ever willing to share their thoughts on the rules? Well, I like to question authority too, but that's one rule with some merit.

Starting over I decided to go with a simple waffle pattern -- 4 stitch repeat -- rounds 1 and 2 - knit, rounds 3 and 4 - k2, p2. Ahh, better -- now let's see what wild and crazy pattern develops!

Four inches later -- hmmm, looks like one half of the leg is green, one half is yellow.

In fact, because of the nubby texture it's looking like a half-shucked ear of corn. And so it went, with a minor blip or two, right down to the heel. OK, the stitch count changes, now we'll see some rock 'n roll action! And change it did. Into stripes. I felt like I'd punched the jukebox numbers for some mad, bad, early Stones and Puppy Love had played instead. (sorry, Donny)

Ah well, it's a pleasant knitting yarn and working up quickly and I like the colors, so nothing is lost but a little excitement. And I still have another skein -- Cracked Canyon -- sounds fun, right? I just hope that darn Horse With No Name doesn't show up there.

8 comments:

Tabitha said...

An ear of corn is a very apt description. I like the greens and the yellows but that is indeed odd pooling. Lovely knitting though. Wonder if the other sock will pattern in the same way.

Bobbisox said...

Karen, I LOVE your ear of corn weird patterning, but yeah, I can see that that would not be a design feature to strive for. Did you happen to take a picture of the ill-fated Japanese knitted sock? I love green, and I love yellow, it truly looks like a corn cob, ::grin::
Bobbi

Knitman said...

k they look terrific! Really nice pair of socks.

Jenneke said...

Interesting pooling... Makes me want to take a bite in it. I love corn. I also crave for this colorway of Socks that Rock :)

Karen said...

No, Bobbi, I didn't snap a photo before ripping away -- I really should have, because it was a text book example. I have some solid color Gems merino that will eventually show up with that pattern though. We'll soon see how the other sock patterns -- too bad there aren't any Corn Festivals around here -- I have a feeling these socks would rock THAT venue!

Rachael said...

I kinda like it. I too am interested to see if the second sock "matches"

yvonnep said...

Still I do like it. Must be because green (however, whatever) is my all time favourite. I lóve your description of the ear of corn...

Dot (Australia) said...

So glad to see your review of this yarn. The colour formation might be a tad disappointing but I still like it......a lot. I've been lusting after STR for quite some time so love to see socks knit up in it. I've seen it 'pooling' like this on lots of other blogs too. Still, your ear of corn is beautiful and I still want some STR. (grin)

Enjoying reading your blog archives. ;o)