The last pair of socks I knit for myself were Hedera in a lovely skein of Araucania Ranco Multi sock yarn. I gushed about the colors reminding me of tie-dye, and how much affection I felt for the yarn in general. It knit up beautifully, and I enjoyed wearing the finished socks very much.
But slowly, every so subtly, they started to change. To get a little bit fuzzy. I try to combat the inevitable fuzziness of handknit socks in two ways: I always buy superwash or washable sock yarn, and wash my socks inside out in cold water and lay flat to dry. This has worked wonderfully to prolong the life of all my other handknit socks. But something was awry with my Arucania socks. I started to doubt whether or not the yarn was in fact washable and looked at the label of a second skein I have hanging out in the stash. Yup, it says it’s washable, lay flat to dry. So why do my favorite socks look like this?
At first I tried to pretend this wasn’t happening, and I would dutifully stretch them out as much as possible before putting them on my feet. I’m not going to lie: they didn’t fit well at all, nor were they comfortable. But I was in denial for quite a while. Somehow I’ve come to terms with reality and have retired these beauties from my sock drawer. Any suggestions for alternate uses?
And on to the new…Happy 2009! I am determined this will be a wonderful year, aren’t you? To help get myself off on the right foot, I cast on a new pair of socks this morning. For this pair I am using Holidays yarn in ‘bubble gum’ and following the Waving Lace socks pattern from Favorite Socks. Here is the pretty little scalloped cuff:
Here’s to a wonderful year full of lots of great knitting, friends, and new adventures!
See you in about 10 days, assuming I actually get to leave the airport this time…