Shannon Stacey

The Self-Striping Experiment

No, it’s not some kinky sex thing. Well…on second thought, it probably is, but that’s not the way in which I meant it.

I knit. I rarely, if ever bore y’all with knitting crap, but it’s an awesome way to keep the hands busy while freeing the muse to think about writing. It’s like doing dishes, only…it’s knitting, not doing dishes. This is especially true of socks, for me. Fast and complicated enough to keep me from being bored, while easy enough to free the mind. Plus, nothing cheers up a frigid winter morning like funky wool socks. The funkier the better.

Well, I love colorful socks, but I HATE carrying colors, so I thought I’d try this nifty self-striping yarn I saw in a catalog. The result: it’s either the coolest or the ugliest sock I’ve ever knitted. The jury’s still out.

Pictures after the jump!

Definitely not sure about this. And it’s not the softest wool I’ve ever cast on, that’s for sure.

It’s really hard to tell anything by ribbing, but…eh. I’m seriously thinking about starting the top-down raglan for the short kid, or the gift I have planned for a cheeky little monkey I know.

Hmmm….not as bad as I thought. Lesson #1: When using a self-striping yarn, be careful to cast on the first stitch at a new color in the yarn. This is crooked because I just cast on a few inches in like I normally do. But I embrace imperfections in my socks. They wouldn’t be mine otherwise.

This experiment may not turn out so badly after all. The colors aren’t as bright as I like (the one I wanted was out of stock), but it’s funky enough, I guess. And best of all, it gives almost a Fair Isle feel without carrying four colors. Nice.

We’ll see how it looks when it comes time to turn the heel.

7 comments to “The Self-Striping Experiment”

  1. melani_blazer
      · September 21st, 2006 at 8:56 am · Link

    The ever talented Shan. :thumb:
    I can’t knit. I bow to you (looks for bowing icon, finds none….):cry:

    you da bomb. Can I place my order for socks?

  2. Jaci Burton
      · September 21st, 2006 at 8:56 am · Link

    oh that’s pretty! :cheer:

    I like pink and purple…thank you. *checks mailbox*


  3. Amy
      · September 21st, 2006 at 11:14 am · Link

    I’ve knit that very same yarn. It’s great for impressing non-sock-knitting friends and relatives.

    Speaking of knitting, you need a smiley with two sticks and some string. :cool:

  4. Charlene
      · September 21st, 2006 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Oo, I like it! You’ll have to post the final product. We won’t talk about me and knitting, suffice it to say I can’t get my knit/purl even and each row comes out wildly different lengths. I made the weirdest muffler you’ve ever seen. :roll:

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · September 21st, 2006 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Oooooh, I never saw that before. Cool!:love:

  6. Shannon
      · September 21st, 2006 at 9:55 pm · Link

    I didn’t really get a chance to knit today. But I’m kinda liking it. I should find out if they have it in worsted for sweaters. Yes, it’s blatant cheating, but little guys grow fast, you know.

    And I need brighter colors. Not so much with the grey and maroon. I like bright and gaudy. :rofl:

  7. Anna Lucia
      · September 24th, 2006 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Now I LIKE that, Shan! :cheesy:

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