I just finished these socks in my favourite basic sock pattern, gusset heel basic socks by Wendy Johnson. They were made from impulsively purchased Studioloo Bootsie (yarn spun and dyed by a local artist) in elephantgirl. I loved watching the colours materialize, although I did hope they would pool a little more organically. Admittedly, the stockinette got a little tedious, but I’m a dedicated sock knitter. There’s something very satisfying about wearing a handmade pair, especially in this unseasonably cold and wet weather.
Whenever I drop in to a yarn store without a specific project in mind, I’m inevitably drawn to yarn like this; there’s something irresistible about the skeins of soft, gorgeous, striped, multi-coloured sock yarn. Nearly every impulse purchase in my stash is a single skein of sock yarn in several saturated hues.
The problem (other than the obvious cost): what to do with them? When I buy them, I tell myself I will find a choose a challenging new sock pattern, but in reality, most textures look muddy in multi-coloured yarn. There are some rare exceptions, like Cookie A’s fab wedge socks, but there’s only so many pairs of those I can make. And so I have a number of flat socks and an even larger number of gorgeous, unused stashed skeins. What are your favourite patterns for multi-coloured sock yarn? I’d love to hear your suggestions for this part of my stash!