Pool, Baby, Pool
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, in Bright Charcoal, a gift from the very cool Amy
Pattern: The one that’s printed on the yarn label
My feet look enormous in this photo, but my socks are done, and I wore them all weekend!
They were comfortable inside, not too warm but just warm enough, making my notoriously fussy feet–the ones that scream about being too cold one minute and too hot the next–happy. They turned up the thermostat and kept my toes toasty while we shoveled the foot of snow that fell Saturday night. They made my feet look exotic and special as I lounged on the sofa after shoveling, wrapped in a purple and black shawl and reading a good book and sipping an excellent martini. They even traversed the floors of our house without picking up much dog hair. These socks are magic.
“Ack,” you might be saying, “there’s color pooling and she did nothing to stop it!”
Yes, there is, and no, I didn’t.
Truly, I can’t understand all the fuss about color pooling. I love it. It’s like the yarn has a secret plan which it reveals only as you knit it up, and if you follow along and don’t make a fuss it will show you beautiful patterns you wouldn’t have devised on your own.
I admit, I’ve always had a deeply asymmetrical nature. Making certain things match exactly isn’t as important to me as it is to many people. Okay, yes, there are times when matching counts. Car tires should match so that you don’t wobble all over the road and have an accident. If I’m making little individual cheesecakes for a dinner party, they should match in size so they bake for the same length of time and nobody pouts because somebody else got a bigger dessert. There should be a reason why things have to match, in other words. Not simply “because.”
Socks made with handpainted yarns do not have to match. I think they’re more exciting if they don’t. In fact, I see color pooling and the creation of gorgeously unmatched objects as the whole point of handpainted yarn. Funky, asymmetrical socks give me something to think about. I’m fascinated by the way the patterns change as the colors move around the sock. I get ideas from random patterns like that, whereas ideas rarely flow from perfectly symmetrical arrangements. You look once and it looks lovely and that’s pretty much the end of it, at least in terms of inspiration. I want more color pooling, not less.
I also want more socks. And fast, so I don’t wear these out.
Clearly this is an emergency situation. To remedy it, I’ve begun swatching for the next pair.
That’s Socks That Rock in Fire on the Mountain. (Please excuse the mess on my desk, I’m working here!) I’m trying to get the proper gauge for the Jaywalker socks. This STR had better be good, because it’s got Jitterbug to answer to. I loved working with that yarn, and it’s marvelous to wear. I am so sneaking to the Jitterbug shelf in the yarn shop every chance I get.
More socks! More pooling! Whee!
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