It seems I have some kind of packaging problem and threw the packet for this yarn away so yet again I have no idea what this is. But from various investigations on Ravelry, I think it might be Opal. This yarn winged its way to me all the way from Canada a couple of months after I left last year. It’s a pretty uninteresting story to be truthful, something about left over money, closing bank accounts, yawn. Long (boring) story short, I was sent this yarn as a surprise, all I had stipulated was that I wanted sock yarn. So this turns up and to be honest it isn’t what I would have been drawn to if it were me. All I had previously know of self-patterning sock yarn (the first socks I ever made were made in an ugly regina yarn) is that the pattern usually comes out a bit busy, too much going on all at once. So I assumed this would be the same. I clearly don’t have much of an imagination, because I absolutely love how this came out! Big bold stripes is much more up my street.
The pattern is by Adrienne Ku, called Simple Skyp Socks. I actually started out knitting the pattern proper in a different yarn (it will feature as something else soon I’m sure) but the colours weren’t coming out right and the pattern was being lost so I made the brave decision after knitting half a sock to give up on it. I did however enjoy the heal flap technique, which I haven’t done before, so I just did exactly the same basic sock, but without the pattern, et voila… I did the extra small version as they are intended as a men’s pattern and they are a perfect fit. Hurrah! I knitted the first sock in a day because I’m a mad woman, and the second is now done in not only under a year, but under a week! Holy mackerel, someone call the papers!