In some respects, she is right, I do like technical knitting and find it challenging. I do have a tendency to rip out and re-knit until I get it right. This can be hard on hand-spun yarn and also on the nerves. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, right???!!! But I have taken this to a new level with my latest project. I got a skein of hand dyed yarn on etsy from Wildethyme Art who had done a lovely rainbow yarn. Here is the skein, on the left.
My friend Cindy from work had gotten a skein and made Peds with it and I loved the way the colors arranged themselves on her footies. Here is her version.
SO Coool! She is a one at a time knitter and I am not, EVER. I tend to have a weak spot for rainbow colored anything, especially yarn. So I had to have it even though there was only 180 yards in it. I bought some Koigu that matched it well enough to do toes and heels (above on left), and am keeping my fingers crossed. So I started off making a pattern off Ravelry, can't remember the name of it now, but it was lace. The picture is below.
Hermione's Everyday Socks which looked kind of cool in the yarn and different than Cindy's.
But they seemed a little big around and I decided to make them a few stitches smaller. So I ripped out yet again back down to the toes, and then some. Then after I knitted the first row of rainbow yarn again I decided that I wanted to make my OWN pattern for socks, that I was tired of knitting other people's patterns all the time and I should make my own. Plus I liked ribbed socks. So I came up with a diagonal pattern that I thought might be cool. Test knit? Bah! That's for sissies! So I charted it up and off I went.
Well, it is looking OK so far. However, the diagonal effect I wanted is totally eclipsed by the strong coloring of the yarn. Doh! But hey, it's OK, is ribbed and looks fine. Just has a little surprise of lace in the purl valleys, and a left twist on the knit hills which sort of draws diagonal lines that you can't see. I'll have to do it in a plain yarn to see what the effect is. But I totally think I could write a pattern with it and will put it up on Ravelry when I get it done. I'll offer it for free because my other free pattern was very popular and this is another not too tricky pattern and I like sharing.
Here is the new version so far. At about the same place....
Better right? Of course! I am knitting from both ends of the ball of yarn and it makes them look a little different, but close enough for me. When I get them on, the lace pattern might be more apparent, but then again, maybe not. But it's been fun and I'm going to continue this version because I always have to have a sock pattern on the needles for travel knitting. Plus it's easy to remember.
I am on a mission to find a pattern that is fun to knit and also looks good in a strongly patterned yarn. I get so bored with knit or plain ribbing. I like a challenge!