Sunday, March 01, 2009
But I did finish the even mini mochi socks. And yes, they are the same size, even though the one on the right looks a little shorter than the one on the left. As I mentioned, I went out of my way to make these completely different and I succeeded, with a little help from the yarn. The second ball had no knots (yay) but was incredibly splitty. At one point, the lack of twist made the yarn fall apart in my hands as I was knitting it. Luckily it spit splices very nicely. I have numerous holes in the sock from the splittyness. Let's just say that no more mini mochi for moi. YMMV
I do have to say these are incredibly soft socks and the colors are so deep and jewel like that it almost makes up for the poor quality of the yarn. Almost. I hate to badmouth a yarn and from what I've read on Ravelry, Crystal Palace has asked the mill to add twist and, when they knot, to make the knots in the same color pattern. So that might improve the yarn, and I never say never, so I may try the yarn again in six months or so (the blue/green colorway is really lovely).
Anyway, I'm still enjoying this project although it takes forever to get through a row. There is basically a four-row repeat, where 1/4 are complex cables and the rest are either knit'em as you see 'em or a less complex cable. So it really is just the mere number of stitches that takes time for this project.The yarn, in case you forgot, is Berroco Alpaca something (Alpaca Soft? not the lite one). A beautiful, WELL MADE yarn that is a pleasure to knit with.
Clockwise, starting in upper right:
-Three Irish Girls "O'Meara" colorway. Purples, blues and golds, very pretty. This will become my next "mindless' sock. Jen at Woolgirl carries this yarn.
-Twilight Knits "Tudor" yarn: light blues and purples that is just lovely. She had a store on etsy.
-Enchanted Knoll Farms "Black Magic Woman". Very saturated colors, just lovely. I bought a few more skeins from them too. Enchanted knoll has an etsy shop and you can also buy from Sheri at the Loopy Ewe .
- Family Pendragon yarn "Medee". More saturated beauticiousness. No that's not a word. Also available from Jen at Woolgirl.