I really do hate yarns that pool. I will try everything I can to avoid it. It’s probably been awhile since I bought any variegated yarn. I mostly am buying solids, tonal, or striped sock yarn. I have learned through my knitting years that if you buy variegated yarn to my hand painted yarn instead of hand dyed yarn. However, I am participating in Sock the Vote in the Single Handed Knits Ravelry Group and was able to get a “kit” for the undecided party. The yarn is really nice. It’s by Yarn vs. Zombies and the color is Spiffy Iffy. It’s a variegated yarn. I started by casting on with a size 1 needle. You guessed it, I got pooling. So, I then went up to a size 1.5 needle. Yes, pooling again. Finally, I went down to a size 0. No pooling! Yippee! I am happy now. This is the second time that going to a size 0 needle did the trick. So, maybe I found the secret. I still cast on 64 stitches because that is what the pattern called for. I am using the Dancing Bamboo Sock pattern. It’s a very easy pattern and looks great with the striping.
My only regret was that I should have taken pictures of the other socks that pooled. I didn’t knit too far on those. I went just past the ribbing.
I did finish another pair of socks. This is my 75th pair of socks! No wonder that I need two drawers to store my socks. And, yes I do wear them. I started this week since the weather has gotten cooler. These are a basic sock pattern using Rainy Day and Wooly Dogs Strychnine sock yarn in the Fire Bad, Tree Pretty color with a size 2 needle.
I also completed the October 2012 Dishcloth KAL. The yarn is Peaches and Crème cotton in the olive color way with a size 6 needle. The pattern is Autumn’s Country Quilt by Sue Schaefer. I enjoyed knitting this pattern.