Friday, November 13, 2009
One Ugly Pair of Socks
Welcome to the shadowy realm of the ugly sock. This is a place where a lonely knitter toils away, becoming more and more disgruntled and angry, realizing she's spending precious days working on a pair of socks that look like they were designed for slogging through trenches or for prison garb. She is a disciplined knitter though, and keeps knitting away despite it all...
This is where the Catholic school training shows, for better or for worse. LOL
Everything started out right with these socks--the yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, in a colorway called Baltic Sea. The subtle colors really excited me--I thought this would be one great pair of socks. The yarn was bought at The Sow's Ear in Verona, Wisconsin, on a road trip with several good buddies. Good memories from that day.
The sock is the Garter Rib, from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. Easy, easy. But it was apparent as soon as I was a few rows into the top ribbing that there would be color pooling. A better knitter would have ripped the socks apart and experimented till a non-pooling pattern was found. But I am not that better knitter. I just kept plugging along.
The second sock was no better. The colors pooled in a different but equally unattractive way.
This is the second pair of socks I've made from Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. Both pairs had bad color pooling issues. When I was working on portions of the sock where there weren't 72 stitches, the colors distributed nicely, giving a hint of what these socks could have looked like.
So here is the question: why would a company like Lorna's Laces manufacture a sock yarn that has consistent color pooling problems when making a standard 72 stitch sock? This would seem like a basic of product design to me. This is sock yarn, people! It should be designed so that it makes nice socks. Depending on needle size, no frills socks like these are made with what--60 to 80 or so stitches?? Why would the color pool right in the middle of that range?
Questions, questions, and no answers. But the bottom line for me is that I'm done with Lorna's Laces sock yarn.