Pattern: Spring Forward Socks
Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna
Started: January 2nd 2012
Finished: February 26th 2012
Such lovely socks - an absolute joy to knit and they make me very proud to have knitted them. It's that magic 'looks more complicated than it really is' lace pattern. Two times through in the space of a few months and I actually had it memorised towards the end of these - unheard of for me!
I'm glad this yarn told me what it wanted to be. The yarn sings for me in this pattern in a way it didn't quite in the shawl and the pattern sings in this yarn in a way it didn't quite in the stretchy cotton I used before. I've wondered along the way if this is the perfect ladies sock pattern and perfect sock yarn but I've finally accepted that I won't find my perfect yarn or the perfect pattern; it's about what works together and what feels right in any knitter's hands and brain at the time. When I first started knitting socks I was looking for my magic recipe - the perfect cuff, toe, heel and pattern and the one yarn to rule them all. Now I guess I'm looking for the range of things I like to go back to or use to help to identify what new pattern I might enjoy knitting most or which yarn merits a little more spending on it. I'm realising that I'm not so fussed for the super fancy structures and perfecting lots of different cast ons for socks, I couldn't get going with my sock club patterns last year in part because of that. I feel like I like things fairly simple as it's so good to get these little bundles of joy off the needles and running free. Not too simple though plain stocking stitch socks rarely quite satisfy me in the making.
In this plainer coloured yarn I love that you can really see the pretty flow and ripple of the smooth columns of stocking stitch down the leg and in to the edging on the foot. They're really sculptural off the feet and the plumpness of this super luxurious blend of silk, cashmere and merino adds to the depths. Adds to the comfort factor on the feet too. Sumptiousness, but best occasion socks as there is just no way they can wear like a super wash wool and nylon blend. Even if I ever did hit on the one sock recipe I'd repeat over and over I know I'd never be able to choose one favourite yarn, every dog has it's day!
I have another skein of this tucked away and though there is no 'perfect' these are so fine I wouldn't bet against an exact repeat. I'm very glad I have that option. Though the toes enjoyed their time in such loveliness these are actually for my Mama for Mother's Day. Weeks away still - so not just an FO but an FO ahead of deadline!! A little different from last year's. Time then to sit in the sun a while and look at what promise lies ahead.