Autumn Rocks

This post contains images and information concerning the September 2009 Rockin’ Sock Club Shimpent.  Proceed at your own risk.

Even though I haven’t been knitting socks recently, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmingly excited to receive the most recent shipment of the Socks that Rock club yarn.  Autumn is my favorite season, and I had high hopes that the colorway would be representative of all the beautiful seasonal changes.  Would there be rich golds, dark greens and spicy oranges?  Or fiery reds and deep browns?  And what about the pattern?  I have been less than ecstatic over the patterns the club has offered this year, and have actually only knit one with the matching yarn and pattern.  The others will likely be split up, using the yarn for different patterns or vice-versa.

When I opened this month’s package, I held my eyes closed until I had the skein of yarn in my hand.  Then I opened them slowly, anticipating the moment of discovery.  And when I finally had my eyes open, what I saw was an ashy beige and burnt orange yarn.  I uttered something articulate along the lines of “Ugh….” before moving on to the pattern.  Same reaction, I’m afraid.

So I left the package on the table overnight, steeping in my disappointment.  I have plenty of yarn and projects to knit, I reassured myself.  This isn’t the be all and end all of my fall knitting.  Eventually, I logged on to Ravelry to see what other sock clubbers had to say about the shipment.  And lo!  People were loving it.

Spurned on by something like peer pressure to reexamine the yarn in question, I went back and took a closer look.  Indeed, there were more colors subtly blended in among the orange and tan I first saw.  Take a look for yourself.


  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock medium weight in River Rocked

The colorway really speaks to the colors of fall as seen near water, touching on the colors of foliage, stones, and water together.   It’s probably not something I would have immediately gravitated toward, but after taking a second look, I think it’s lovely.


  • Pattern: Knetted by Cat Bordhi

I have never knit a Cat Bordhi pattern despite wanting to for some time now.  I think this looks like a good opportunity to delve in!  And the pattern is knit from the top down, so there won’t be too many new ideas for me to get my mind around (hopefully).

There are a couple of projects in my knitting basket that need my attention, but for the first time in months I’m thinking about casting on a pair of socks!  Then again, I also have lace shawls on the brain…

5 thoughts on “Autumn Rocks

  1. Interesting. I also recently received a yarn club shipment – sock yarn and when I pulled it out of the wrapping my initial reaction was near complete disappointment. Not my colors, didn’t fit the name, etc. I have seen others online who rave about it. I’m meh. But, lo and behold I showed it to Dan and he thinks it’s fantastic! So, it will become a pair of socks for him.

    For what it’s worth, I really really admire Cat Bordhi’s stuff – I’ve done a few of her patterns – nifty!

  2. I actually quite like the color and it would be really cool to do a Cat Bordhi pattern. It would definitely be a learning experience.

  3. I’m thinking the colors are softer and the transitions are maybe more subtle than many of the other STR colorways? But I like it and if that photo in the pattern is representative of how it knits up – I think it will be gorgeous socks!

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