Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Jump Right In...
I have spoken out on many occasions, in many venues, about the problem of pooling in hand painted, variegated, and self-striping sock yarn. I guess the problem is that I don’t see it as a problem! I believe it is the yarn speaking to me—telling me who it is and what it wants to be. Who am I to argue? I have knitting friends who can’t stand pooling and will go to great lengths to stop it, rearrange it, stifle it, and force it to be something it is not. Well, that’s okay. I don’t even mind when I am described as that odd person who wanders around Fort Worth in mismatched socks. Yup, that would be me. The socks are the same color mind you. They just don’t have the same design. Each one is an original—each one with a different pattern, and a different personality.
So now I come to the Regia in denim shades, currently on my colorful CZ needles. The first sock is turning out…mmmmm, do I dare say it…perfect. I couldn’t have planned it to be more perfect if I had fudged on where I started with the yarn, giving up yards of precious Regia to make the pattern do what I wanted. Which I didn’t! All of which presents my first ethical design problem. Do I do all of those things to the second sock which I didn’t do to the first sock to make it just right, or do I let the chips fall where they may, and give the yarn its way?
I decided not to play that game, and anyway, I will not be recognized, even by close friends, if my socks match. So, stay tuned for the second sock and let’s see what it says together.