Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pheasant Socks

Pattern: Slipped Stitch Rib by Charlene Schurch, from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Pheasant
Needles: Addi Turbos size 0

I must shamefully admit that it took me five months to knit these socks. It was an easy pattern, lovely yarn, and I consider myself a pretty savvy sock knitter, so I have no excuses for this behavior. Between my never-ending job hunt and the summer heat, I was just less inclined to pick up my projects for a while.

This is a very very simple pattern, but one that I have admired since I bought the book. I had some difficulties finding a pattern to work with the variegation in this yarn, and then I remembered that simple slip stitch pattern. It seemed like a great match for the yarn.

Speaking of yarn, I love Madelinetosh, but this skein contained a disappointing number of knots. I know that if there are more than a certain number of knots in a skein it is considered defective and you can return it, but has anyone EVER done that? Has anyone ever gotten far enough through a project to find that many knots and ripped the whole thing out just for the satisfaction of getting their money back? Because surely by that point you’ve already discovered most (or all) of the knots and there is no point in ripping out.

Anyhow, I think the project worked out quite well. I really love the colorway and Madelinetosh yarn feels so lovely on my feet. I will surely enjoy my lovely Pheasant socks this winter!

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