Here are some pictures of the Comfort Skew socks this morning:
They’ve been worn one day, both in shoes and without shoes on the couch. The yarn already looks a bit ratty. Not too wild about the quality of this H&W Comfort Sock yarn, I fear. I’m used to sock brands like Regia and Opal and Drops Fabel and this yarn might be just a bit different. Not less..
We’ll see how they hold up. This may be just some initial shedding of fibres that were not caught too tightly in the plying.
I’ll cut away the fuzz before they become serious pilling and see how the yarn behaves with future use. Because I’m going to wear this socks often, I love the colour.
I’ve realized that I like my socks to be in muted colours, overall. Although bright colours are fun to knit with, I have little use for bright coloured socks. I’m glad to announce that I have some relaxed colours sockyarn in my stash.
And an appetite for more Skews.
Here are the pictures of the Snake Skews that I finished and have also worn already:
Hjertegarn is a new sock yarn to me. It seems to hold well, comparable to Regia etc.
I did have some issues getting command of the pattern. The left sock is too long in the foot. The right sock lost the plot where the bands split at my inner ankle.
They are good socks nevertheless and I love the colour.
I didn’t get the 6 st wide bands to line up properly at the back. Still beautiful.
All this talk about muted colours and I now have to confess that I started a new Skew which will feature some bright orange stripes. It’s the Lammy sock yarn from Sokike Sock, which seems to hold up just as well as any Regia, combined with a solid grey sockyarn by Scheepjes. I’m looking forward how the Scheepjes will wear, it’s my first time knitting with it. It’s a well known brand in the Netherlands, people generally like it. But on Ravelry some Americans have complained about its sturdyness.
So I’ll find out.
Lammy Skew: 2 rows of Lammy, 2 rows of Scheepjes.
As much as I detest stripes in pullovers and shawls, I love them on socks, especially when the pattern plays with them. And this pattern does!
So that’s one not-so-muted Skew on the needles.
Luckily I have two balls of more laid back colours to knit a muted Skew with.
One is another new brand to me, BBB filati Super Trekking. In light greys with greyed green. It’s a lofty, squishy yarn.
My awful picture of colourway 583:
Rakuten has a better one:
This ball fell into my purse when I purchased the ball of solid grey earlier this week.
(it did pass the till when it fell, I did pay for it. But not as much as Rakuten charges!)
As I love socks with contrasting toes, heels and cuffs or in this case: stripes to emphesize the pattern, I only need one nice 50 grams ball of sock yarn and then a little bit of solid yarn to compliment it with. It works for my regular socks:
It works for Skews. I tried a muted solid blue with the BBB yarn. But I could soon see the blue was pushing the muted colours to the background instead of lifting them up.
This is now frogged. A light grey may be better.
Contemplating colours is fun though. Because adding a solid makes a yarn and a sock so differently. You’ve got to think about contrast and value and overall effect.
The other ball of more muted coloured sockyarn is the Meilenweit SPicy I showed earlier. It’s a 100 gram ball… that is so much yarn! Two pairs of socks.
Which is why: Spicy Skews!
Two rows of Lana Grossa Meilenweit Spicy yarn, colour 8202, with every third row a semisolid darkish greenblue sockyarn of unknown heritage, handdyed by a friend of mine and used in the Karma Knus Deken blanket.
This yarn is rather loosely plied. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in socks. I’m making the mental note that I better wash these by hand. Not in the machine like regular Opal or Regia or Drops Fabel.
The Lana Grossa feels like the Regia quality.
I wanted to make the pattern more visible with stripes. I’m not sure it’s working yet. The Meilenweit can knit up in various way, as shown by my internet picture sleuthing.
More of a gradient than stripes.
That’s me sorted then. Still knitting Skews. Still proofreading the pattern I made for it. Of course it’s not as finished as I thought it was. So it may well be another week (or two) before I can share it.
In the mean time I’m also spinning. And today I’m picking up Sprig pullover again.
But first I’ll play around with sock colours some more, looking to pick another match for another pair of Skews. For a future project. I swear.