Monday, August 6, 2007


A yarn, SWTC Tofutsies colorway 720, Sweep You Off Your Feet, has been mocking me. It's for my [cough] first Summer of Socks project and it simply will not behave.

Here's attempt #1: Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake, started on the solstice. I love the pattern, which was written for Tofutsies. I like the yarn. Alas, the colorway has three characteristics which are inocuous individually, deadly in combination: it's tonal, variegated, and marled. Which means the graceful stitch pattern fades into obscurity. Off it went to the frog pond.

Tidal Wave

Here's attempt #2, River Rapids Socks by Sockbug. Same problem, same fate.

River Rapids

Here's attempt #3, Lacy Scallops Socks by Sockbug.

Lacy Scallops

Apparently the third time's the charm. This time I'm loving the pattern and the yarn. I just adore feather and fan variations and a scalloped picot hem. Plus August Sockdown is Sockbug or lace. It's a keeper – and a threefer!

Meanwhile, I've put my Mystery Stole 3 into hibernation. I guessed right about the theme [hee] and sorta right about the lifeline [hee], but the surprise turn was brilliant, simply brilliant. But... now that I understand the design, alas, the challenge has trickled away and not even the inducement of the special MS3 shawl pin Romi is designing can rekindle it. That's no reflection on Melanie's design – it happens all the time here at Area 151 (obviously).


Bezzie said...

Yup. The third sock made me go "Ah!!!"

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

I like #3 too! I have been fussing about with my skein of Tofutsies (it's the pink colorway) a bit too. I finally decided on Charade which is pretty simple - my other option was definitely going to be a scallopy thing.

Isn't it hte most delicious yarn ever? :-D

Donna Boucher said...

Oh that hem.

It must learn to do that.

So very pretty.

Jeanne said...

Sock #3 is gorgeous - I just bought some of this yarn so I'll have to remember the pattern!

Devorah said...

The contrasting hem really sets off the yarn. Looks like these will go quickly for you -- even if you do choose to go back to MS3. *g*

BeccaU said...

Ooh, I like #3 as well! I just picked up a skein of Tofutsies - so it's interesting to see what you've tried. And thanks for the heads up re: SKA and Sockdown - I think I need that kind of "new sock thing" (as if socktopia wasn't enough) :)

Kim said...

Third time is the charm. Attempt #3 is so purty.

Lou said...

Yes, I agree that #3 is beautiful. I love the contrasting hem. So purty.

CrazyFiberLady said...

#3 is definitely the one. I'm not sure about MS3 myself. Nothing against Melanie or her designs, but I'm not feeling the love for the wing... and I don't love the rest of it enough to knit it twice.

Deborah said...

nice scalloped cuff reward.

Zarzuela said...

Third time is definitely the charm here. :) Looks great!