Seventy-two little stitches
Brought the sun and the flowww...ers
Where there used to be rain.
I have been working on this sock for over 1 year. The pattern is not difficult; it's a 4 row lace pattern. The yarn is not ugly; in fact, it's a beautiful blue. The stitches are not painfully small; 2.25mm. I couldn't understand why I dreaded working on it until I started this:
BFF Socks in Koigu Painters Palette on US2 Clover bamboo needles
The yarn is soft and squishy. The needles are smooth and feels great on the hands. I can't help but gravitate towards the BFF when I am in the mood for a sock. It just feels right!
The only minor complaint I have is the color of the Koigu. This is no fault of the yarn, of course, but out of my own greed. When I am at the yarn shop, I can't decide between the hot pinks or the blues, so I end up buying a skein that has a hint of both colors. It's not the first time (check out the clapotis). During my indecisive purchase decision, I fail to remember that pinks + blues = muddy browns. So in the end, while the finished projects have shots of fuchsia and teal, it's generally very muddy brown too.
Lately, I've been quite impressed with Patons. After years of manufacturing acrylic blend yarns and glittery, eyelashy-stuff, they seem to be in tune with the changing marketing and offering some pretty nice new yarns such as SWS (wool & soy) and Rumor (alpaca blend). Plus, they have some pretty good looking patterns! I love their cables and modern living pattern books. Check out their free patterns, there's an awesome cabled bag, cabled cardigan and afghan!
I just received the new Twinkle Big City Knits book from amazon. I said I wouldn't buy yarn in 2007, but didn't say I wouldn't buy books. :) I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! Reviews next time.