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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I've gotten a lot of work on my new Lava Flow socks - mostly because I don't have to think much on these and the weekend was CRAZY! I love Lorna's Laces sock yarns, but their multi colored yarns always seem to pool on the heel and gusset. Once I got past the first couple of pairs using their yarn and figured this out, I've learned to pick patterns that won't be affected by the pooling and just go with it.* Naturally, I was expecting some pooling, but I wasn't expecting this:
Check out that heel flap! It's half pink and half yellow. I love it. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping that I can get this same effect on the second heel flap. I'm almost through with the heel flap and then I can see what kind of pooling magic I get on the gusset.

*For my own taste, if I'm probably going to get big pools of color on the heel and gusset area, I don't want a complex stitch pattern. If you get pooling, it will distract from a stitch pattern, so I like to keep to simple stitch patterns. If I can memorize it one time through, that's about as complex as I want in pooling yarns. Again, that's just my personal opinion. (FYI, the Lava Flow stitch pattern repeat is 8 stitches by 8 rows, with plain knitting on 4 of those rows - easy to memorize.)



Blogger Kim said...

The socks are lovely. As soon as I finish the pair I'm knitting, I am going to use the Lorna's Laces I just bought and try the pattern you are doing. You are a great designer and knitter. And I love that you do top down.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I've had Lorna's Laces pool like crazy. Kudos to you for a cuff pattern that plays so well with the colorway.

I'll be interested in seeing how the rest of the sock develops.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Joyce said...

I love the colors in your sock. I do like how the heel turned out half and half.

10:02 AM  
Blogger LizzieK8 said...

If you'd like to avoid the pooling on the heel, or not disrupt a nice color pattern in the sock, consider an afterthought heel.

I used it with my Diagon Alley Rainbows and was thrilled with it.

7:34 AM  

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