Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Am I that transparent?
It was Skew. The actual time elapsed between cast-off and cast-on was about 25 minutes. Five minutes to fill the sink with water and throw the collar in to soak. (I love holding them underwater until the bubbles stop.) (And doesn't that sound sinister?) (I'm wondering what kind of google searches will bring this link up.) (Perhaps it's best not to think about it too much.) Fifteen minutes to wind the ball of sock yarn from my stash. (A prize from Norma, way back in April.) Five minutes to fart around, trying to recall Judy's Magic Cast-on. (Epic fail. I finally went with Turkish cast-on, which was my pre-Judy standard.)
Much as I love this yarn, and I really truly love this yarn (Happy Feet in the best colorway ever), it just wasn't right for Skew.

The magic of Skew is in the strong diagonals, and this beautiful yarn just doesn't show off the pattern. I decided to save it for another project, and cast-on again with some pretty purple.

This yarn came from AnnaMarie, who got so mad at it that she sent it into permanent time-out. At my house. (I didn't ask what the yarn did. Sometimes it's best not to know.)
While this was slightly better for the pattern, it still just isn't cutting it.
Must rethink. It might require a trip to the yarn shop. When I get a car. (Yes, still car-less. Cranky, frustrated, and car-less.)
In the meantime, I'm going to do what I should have done in the first place.

Cast on Maplewing.


Joansie said...

I don't remember what I guessed but I knew you wouldn't Love that orange yarn and can't wait to see the finished project.

Becky said...

*Shakes head sadly* I can't believe it took you so long to figure that out. Gorgeous shawl beat cool sock any day. Happy knitting!

kmkat said...

Although I am disappointed that you cannot educate us all (well, me) in the good and bad in the Skew pattern and wearability of the sock, I think you made a good call on both yarns. Lovely yarns, both of them, but not enough of the strong linear diagonals. Poor you, a trip to the yarn store...

Bullwinkle said...

Skew is definitely on my list. (Thanks for the two false starts - it'll help with yarn selection.)

That and I want to do an interesting shawl. (The definition of "interesting" remains unclear.)

Angie said...

Very interesting Skew examples! I'm glad the internetz are working for you. Love the blondie sheepy girl. ;D