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13. January 2010 04:38
by Jobo

Dragonfliers...? ready to fly away

13. January 2010 04:38 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Funny how lately it takes me longer to get socks blocked and ends woven in than it does to knit them in many cases?  I finished these socks, made from my X-mas gift yarn before new years, but with the extra long week  back to work, I only managed to completely finish and photograph them now.  I find with the short daylight hours, it is difficult to take good photos with any semblance of true colors? I am waiting for a nice sunny day to really get at it and take pics like crazy one of these days.

dragonfly socks done 2

This was a nice quick-and-painless knit? just the kind a knitter needs post-holiday.  The pattern was well written (Dragonfly Socks by Jocelyn Sertich) and easy to follow along.   I think this one will find it's way into my standby-list for straightforward socks suitable for travel knitting.  map socks

The pattern was great? but the yarn was something else.  I have always loved purple.  Purple is a great color to work with? nice in every type of natural and artifical light, and the variegation in this skein gave a nice mix between flashing and pooling - it was fun to knit a few rounds and see how the colors stacked up.  I do like solid, and semisolid yarns, but these pooling types are fascinating to me.  I saw a neat discussion on ravelry the other day all about "intentional" pooling on socks, and I think I would like to try it someday.  A sock artist (Hypercycloid) measured how many inches of yarn it took her to knit one round of her basic sock pattern on a specific needle size and then divided that length and tried to dye a skein to achieve a pooling effect where each color would stack onto itself.  The resulting socks did show a lot of stacked pooling, and seriously look like a map or something.  If you have any friends who are cartographers? this yarn would make an excellent and geographically appropriate gift *wink wink*   I know not everyone is a real fan of pooling, but I think that those of us who like it REALLY like it.  Someday maybe I will be able to do more experiments like that and see what I can come up with.

dragonfly socks done In the end, I think the yarn was the real star of this project? I was quite disappointed to see that when you go to the yarn manufacturer's website (Done Roving) that there isn't an obvious way to order more.  Apparently they make a bunch of different blends and weights of yarn, and Mom says that the store is really cool.  She said she had a difficult time choosing which yarn to buy because everything was so nice.  Thankfully I still have one more skein left to play with :) (insert evil laugh here!)

This yarn has an excellent dye saturation - nice bright and even colors.  I also really like the texture? feels like good quality wool, but not scratchy or itchy. It feels like the nice tightly spun plies will last nicely, and hopefully whoever ends up with this purple pair will be able to wear them for several winters.  I also have enough left from the skein to make a child/baby pair too, which is a good thing since there are a few new babies on the way this summer that I would like to make some knitted goodies for? Hmmm now I just have to figure out what I want to make with skein #2 ;)

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