Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The top photo shows a commercially dyed sock flat by Conjoined Creations, and the sock resulting from half of it. Truth be told, I was pretty disappointed. The colors on the flat were rich and lovely, but the dye didn't really penetrate deeply between those stitches. The resulting sock showed plenty of small white undyed flecks, and the colors seemed pale and washed out in comparison to the flat. The yarn was also stiff, inelastic, and scratchy, and not much fun to knit up.
My next attempt was with an undyed sock flat. These are still available for sale, and can be purchased HERE.
The flat was fun and easy to dye up.
I unraveled, then wound one of the balls with reverse colors just for fun.
The resulting socks were (naturally) fraternal twins, but fun to knit up. The yarn was soft and pliant.
Sock flats were, for a few years, the only way to get long gradual color shifts onto socks. But ultimately I lost further interest in them because it seemed no matter how wild you made the patterns on the blanks, the results in the sock were stripes or flecks. Or flecky stripes, or stripey flecks. The flats were far prettier and more interesting than the socks!
If you would like my free generic pattern for all of the socks shown in these photos, go HERE.
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