Friday, May 11, 2007

Knitting with sunset

The horcrux socks are coming along nicely.


And the knitting fates seem to be on my side (which means they'll probably smite me later in some other project. I didn't do any math before I started to make sure that there would in fact be enough yarn for two socks - I just dove in. The first sock took about 34 g of a 100g ball, so I'm in excellent shape there. I also made no attempt to start the two socks at similar places in the yarn. I just knit the first sock until it was done, cut the yarn and cast on for the second sock from where I'd left off. I don't think I could have matched the striping more closely if I'd tried.

I still love this yarn. It's quite soft and springy, and it's a very round yarn. It stands up to frogging fantastically (there was a bit on the first sock that got frogged three times). I still love watching the colors go by as I knit, and I realized something. Have you ever watched a sunset? I don't just mean the fifteen minutes or so after the sun's touched the horizon, but the full show from when the sun is still completely above the horizon to quite a while after it's set. In a really good sunset, the sky starts off day blue, and then turns orange and pink (this effect is particularly spectacular when you get pink clouds against a purple sky). As the sun goes down, the pinks deepen to purples, and the whole sky changes shades of blue. Sometimes, in a really, really good sunset, the sun turns green just as the last little bit disappears. And then, if you sit and watch until the stars start to come out, the sky turns a magnificent shade of blue, that slowly gets deeper until it becomes the black of the night sky. That's what this yarn reminds me of, with its pinks, purples, teal, and blue - a really phenomenal sunset.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful colorway. The precision of your kitchen scale makes me think that it's time for me to replace my old one, which would probably give me a reading of 30 g for your sock. Not quite close enough, don't you think?