A completed pair of socks. I guess I should do project stats?
Pattern: Charade Socks by Sandra Park (no relation... most likely). Oh, and that's a Ravelry link, btw.
Yarn: Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber,
Changes to the pattern: afterthought heel (it's the only heel that I like... doesn't change the color pooling, and I like the way it fits better than a heel flap)
Overall Impressions: Love the pattern... it's the kind of sock knitting that could convert me to being a sock knitter: easy without being boring. Perfect for with the hand dyed yarns. The yarn is okay. At least this colorway didn't pool (which I can't say for my County Clare colorway... it's an UGH for socks). I don't think I love the STR line of sock yarn. It's a little thick (even tho' it's the lightweight sock yarn) and I've had a lot of issues with pooling for most of the colors that I've tried.
I used the Knitpicks metal dpn's, and that made a huge difference. Might be an other contributing factor for me to knit socks. I don't like to knit with wooden needles, and I enjoyed using the Knitpicks.
I still think the biggest drawback for me and sock knitting is the wearing aspect. While I have wide/short feet (they go with the rest of my body), I really prefer good ol' cotton socks (I buy boys socks... women's socks are simply too big and girl sizes too narrow).
Here's a close up of the pattern stitch and my afterthought heel (which I can't recommend enough... no funky color changes at the heel/foot area). Oh, and a fairly decent color representation:
Ya, so that was a nice distraction. I have been knitting on other things, but just a little here and there with not a lot of progress on anything. I'm in a video game cycle right now, as I just don't seem to have good knitting mojo. I'll update project progress later this week.