Thursday, January 11, 2007
socks SOCKS socks
as i promised, i did cast on for the mate immediately, though i've not had as much knitting time as i'd like. i am in a somewhat hurry to get this pair finished so i can knit some green socks!
i collected some of my green sock yarn stash ... but have decided i'm going to knit with the jitterbug (olive mix in top right corner) because it's very koiguesque, and i want to see what happens when it's washed.
joy documented a little mishap when she washed her reddish colorway the first time. the colors faded ! (gasp !) so, of course, i'm dying to see what happens with mine. i have not settled on a pattern yet, but i was thinking about knitting the embossed leaves socks again. the yardage of the jitterbug is seriously skimpy, so i may have to go with a plan B.
i have had sock yarn bleed before ... my bearfoot socks bled like crazy, and still bleed when washed. i noticed this last winter, when i was washing my socks in the shower.
okay, sometimes in the winter, i do laundry in the shower ... when i turn the water on and i'm waiting for it to warm up, i toss whichever handknit socks i slept in over the shower curtain rod, and squirt a little shampoo on them once i'm in the shower. it sure beats doing it in the sink.
... so, i got in the shower, blind as a bat (without glasses, i cannot focus on anything 11" from my nose ...) and freaked out because the bottom of the tub was a blood bath! i called mountain colors to ask about this problem. they said that with some of their colorways, they couldn't keep the yarn from bleeding. they'd tried all kinds of methods and treatments, but couldn't find a solution. i had not noticed this problem before because the other washes had happened in the washing machine, thankfully on dark loads.