AKB Update #2

In the end, there were 3 items checked off the AKB list this weekend: the class practice hat, the child’s sweater, and the Unexpected Socks.

And then tonight we set up the Xmas tree.

Pattern: Not so much. Crochet cast on, 56 sts, knit until half the yarn was gone, then toe and a rib and an afterthought heel, repeat.
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Gentry Grey for contrast, mystery sock yarn from a Life-Long Blanket trade for the rest.
Needles: 2 mm
Started: November 29, 2011, while waiting to find out how much that horrible sound and shaking and inability to control my car on the drive home November 28 was going to cost.
Finished: December 11, 2011, while my husband (just barely) beat me at Trivial Pursuit.

Now, let me just say this about Patons Kroy. I usually love it. I knit one of my first-ever pairs of socks out of it and they are the only pair from my early period that have never fallen apart, shrunk in the dryer (and don’t think they haven’t ended up in there), or otherwise disappointed me. When they start to look a little worn down, a quick once-over with my sweater shaver makes them look better than the day I finished them. They’ve held up to regular wear, around the house and in shoes, for almost 3 years, and I will be sad the day their soles finally wear through. But this skein of Kroy. Sweet Jesus. It was too soft, it was splitty, it was impossible to rip due to said splittiness because every stitch had a bit of at least one other stitch worked with it, and these toes and heels display some of my shoddiest recent work. Grrrrrr. I made sure that most of the worst bits ended up on the sole side of things.

Other than that, I’m in total new sock love.

 

8 thoughts on “AKB Update #2

  1. You know, I’ve heard a lot of comments both irl and on Ravelry that big companies such as Patons are going down in quality in recent years. I imagine there might be some truth to this considering the huge increase in popularity that knitting and crocheting have experienced.

    Anyways, they do still look good, and the photo of your feet is both clever ad adorable 🙂

    1. That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but I have seen some crankiness over the price increases at Cascade and KP, and I remember when Classic Wool stopped being 100% merino a few years ago…maybe we’re making things worse for ourselves, then becoming dissatisfied with the results?

      I was also wondering if it might have to do with the dye process. I made some socks out of DIC Smooshy in Purple Rain and the yarn felt a lot like this skein of Kroy – and Smooshy and Kroy usually feel nothing alike. I’ve read that different dyes can affect yarns differently. Since both colorways were so much darker than others I’ve used from the same lines, I was wondering if the dyeing just broke the fibers down too much or something and made the finished product act a little differently.

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