Thursday, February 19, 2015

Testing My Patience

There is nothing better than a finished pair of socks. Well correction, nothing better than a finished pair of socks that were truly testing your patience.

Enter my Inlay socks by Hunter Hammersen.
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock - Glacier
Started: January 2, 2015
Finished: February 1, 2015
Needles: Knit Picks Size 1

It was truly a combination of things that had me almost frogging these babies and tossing the yarn in the trash. Yes. They were that frustrating. At least in the beginning.

My true issue was with the yarn. Though, not with the color.
It really is a beautiful color, and honestly, that color seduced me into purchasing it. One day last year I was perusing one of my favorite online shops for purchasing sock yarn, and I came across this baby. It's not a color I would typically purchase, so that is exactly why I bought it. It was beautifully different for me!

No no, my real issue is with the base and twist of the yarn. You won't be able to tell from the photos, but this yarn is what I call "fuzzy" and "splitty". Combine these two traits with all the twisted stitches in the pattern and what do you get? One big fat ugly mess. Because of the "fuzziness" I couldn't see where my size 1 freaking needle was going into the stitch and nine times out of ten I would end up splitting the yarn, which easily splits because the twist ain't all that.

Putting my gripes aside, this yarn knits beautifully, and problem free, when you are just knitting and purling it. Which is good, because I have another skein of it in my stash.

Now the Inlay pattern is wonderfully written and I had absolutely no problem with the directions, even with all the twisted stitches.
Please don't let all the twisted stitches scare you off from knitting these socks. I found the repeats were easily memorized within each row, and really, the twisted stitches give these socks a little extra oomph!

I mean look at interest they add to the sides of the socks...
They also make the socks feel more substantial.

The real question is, would I knit this pattern again? Yes.

I have to say it feels real good to have two pairs of socks finished. I am hitting my goal of one pair per month. I currently have a third pair on the needles. I am almost done with the first sock. Not sure if I will have the pair finished by the end of February. I will try, but honestly, my knitting time is during my lunch hour right now, as I am slightly distracted with scrapbooking after work this week. Trying to find balance with all my hobbies!


  1. Those socks are beautiful, but they look really, really hard! I love the yarn and color, even with the splitiness!

    Balancing the various crafts is a constant issue for me. I keep telling my husband that I need to retire so I have more crafting time

    1. Thank you! I really think they look more complicated than they actually are. It's all about the twisted stitches. Yes my love for the color of this yarn is one reason why I pushed through with them. Absolutely love the final product. Ha ha I keep telling my honey that I need early retirement so I can focus on my crafts too!

  2. WELL DONE! I fracking HATE splitty yarn. They look great! :) I really need to give this pattern a go. : )

    1. Thank you! The yarn drove me bananas, but I was determined. This pattern had been sitting in my Ravelry queue for soooooo long. Really glad I finally knitted it up!

  3. I totally hear you about fuzzy, splitty yarn. I would have felt exactly the same. Good on you for persevering because the socks are beautiful! Now I feel a bit nervous about the skein of Tough Love that I have in my stash...!

    1. I am not one to quit or give up and I was determined not to let this yarn get the best of me. I really do think they came out more beautiful than I expected. Thank you! I too am nervous about my second skein of Tough Love. Like I said in the post, if you are doing basic stitches, it shouldn't be a problem. Also, maybe I just had a bad skein???

  4. You know I'm here to tell you you are out of control with the socks. And I'm loving it! Your sock knitting has been awesome. The fact that you are tackling such intricate and interesting patterns makes you a hero. I'm keeping it simple in sock land these days, and it's just what I need. Maybe one day, some day ...

    However the fact you'd be willing to do a pattern again? Yeah, that says a lot.

    I am knitting a shawl with that same yarn Sweet Georgia, and I had some issues when it tangled. I feel like that gigantic tangle has left me biased and I can't really think about the yarn clearly right now.