I needed a portable project to take to Devan’s skating class yesterday …
My sock yarn collection is growing (like you couldn’t have guessed that) and I’ve been wanting to try out Colinette’s Jitterbug. I keep hearing it mentioned and I feel like I’m the last one to try it out. Although I like acquiring handpainted yarns and I really like looking at them in the skein, I’m somewhat ambivalent about them when they are knitted up. I want to be excited about them and I want to figure out a way of setting off the lovely handpainted colours to their best advantage. As a result, I’m very excited about a new book that’s coming out–Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol Sulcoski.
There’s an article about the book accompanied by a pattern in the Winter 2008 Interweave Knits. The pattern is for the Herringbone Rib Socks and they look very promising. The socks have a nice texture that actually shows up amidst all the lovely handpainted colours. There are also some stitches in the herringbone pattern that look like floats and they help draw the colour out.
Now that I’ve started the sock, I really love the stitch pattern and I’m happy with how the handpainted yarn is looking. The Jitterbug is both squishy and has body–feels like quality to me. As it turns out, these socks may not be the best KIP project since I’ll have to look at the needles a lot of the time as I work the stitches. It is portable though and the pattern repeat is easy to memorize, so I won’t need to carry the pattern with me.