Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Summer of socks! Help!

OK, so I'm sure many of you are signed up for the Summer of Socks KAL hosted by Zarzuela. Based on recent posts (and let's not talk about the meaning of "recent" here), one would never know that I'm signed up for it as well, but I am. I would love to say that I'm more than halfway done with my first pair, but to be honest, the Jaywalkers shown in the last post were cast on way back in late April, looong before the June 21 cast-on date for SoS. This means that I'd better get going on a new pair if I actually want to follow the rules (granted, rule-following is optional and even discouraged in many aspects of my life, but I don't want to get in trouble with Zarzuela).

Anyway, I need help deciding what to do. I am thinking of making a pair for my grandmother, who is reported to have made covetous remarks about the socks I gave my Mom for x-mas. This is the sock yarn that I currently have available:

Annell superwash wool-polamide (is that nylon?)

Aznar Plassard 100% Peruvian Alpaca

Artyarns Ultramerino in color #110

To be disgustingly selfish honest, I'd like to save the pink stuff for myself, even though I haven't yet decided on what pattern to make. Perhaps Pomatomus? Anyway, assuming I do choose to be selfish, that leaves the two blue ones. I think the alpaca is really soft and lovely, and my grandma would love the color. I'm just not sure if it would be too inelastic to work well as socks. Any expert opinions?

Then there's the issue of a pattern. If I use the alpaca, I will want something with an interesting texture (since there won't be any color changes to add interest). However, my grandma, who is in her late 90s, gets cold very easily and won't want any drafty lacework in her socks. I had a few thoughts about some of the patterns in this book, but I'm not sure how I would adapt the size, since most of the ones that have caught my eye are written for men's size 10 feet. I've also been looking at these two patterns from the new knitty. If anyone has other suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Next time: my adventures while teaching knitting basics to a friend who describes herself as "really impatient" and admits to "having anger issues."

And if I can find my camera's USB cable hopefully there will aso be some pics from the 4th of July trip to Philly. And maybe someday there will even be Grand Canyon pics (but apparently you shouldn't be holding your breath for that last one).


Lauren said...

The thought of pure alpaca socks scares me a little, but I do like the widdershins cable pattern.

Jenn said...

I think superwash is the way to go - just in case! Though either would make lovely socks - and I vote for some kind of cabley pattern. (I'm terribly behind on the summer of socks too!)

Kat with a K said...

Hey, I have bright pink Pomatomuses in my future too! So definitely save that for those. :-)

Joanne M said...

I would vote for the pure alpaca for your grandma. She's in her late 90's, so I'm assuming she's not doing extensive hiking or walking (and perhaps less subject to felting the socks)... and the widdershins pattern looks cool - I'm just a sucker for those cable patterns.