Did you know that mismatched socks is a thing now? I had no idea when I put this yarn on my wishlist that it was the latest trend. My sister is working her pediatrics rotation this semester and just laughed at me when she saw me working on these socks. Evidently all the kids on campus as well as the little ones she sees at the health department are sporting mismatched socks this season. Even our little boutique gift shop at the museum has succumbed to the madness, selling socks in packs of three coordinating but unmatched individual socks. But I always argue that the knitters are ahead of the trends (cowls and shawls are huge this season, and who among us hasn't seen a million patterns in our books and magazines in the past several years).
I love the concept of these socks. The yarn and pattern (OppAtt Socks) are both from Barking Dog Yarn, who dyes the skeins in two coordinating colorways and sells them in sets, enough yarn for one sock of each color. The set I picked is Catherine and Heathcliff, one of my favorite tragic couples. I've been very outspoken in the past about how much I do not enjoy Jane Austen. I've given her books a try, read parts of several, and of course have seen the movies (the one exception is Sense and Sensibility. Colonel Brandon covers a multitude of sins). But my heart remains with the gothics, particularly the Bronte sisters, whose books I devoured in my more melancholy high school days.
These socks were just as tempermental as the pair from whom they take their name. The first sock was a real exercise in how to efficiently rip back. The first time through I started the heel on the wrong side of the sock and it was only obvious once I started the foot patterning. rip Then I got halfway through the heel only to realize I had twisted some stitches in an obviously wrong direction. riiip And then after I had reknit I realized that the sock felt so long because it really was and I had started on the foot patterning while actually knitting the leg! RRRIIIPP!
But after all of that, I think the result was worth it. I subbed in a short row toe and heel a la Nutkin because I really enjoy how the short row heel fits my foot and take a lot of satisfaction from the short row toe. I've already worn these socks several times to work. Hand knit socks seem to have become a standard part of my wardrobe and I finally have enough pairs to get me through a standard work week provided I do my hand washing once a week (yes, I still hand wash my socks). The fabric in these is a little on the warm side, but my feet are naturally cold so I'm sure this will be a boon once we get actual cold weather around here.
In the end, I think these socks have really found each other. They gave me fits and went into time out several times, but the final product exhibits just the amount of quirk I demand from my wardrobe.