Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Science of Socks: Science Project #1, Year 2

The mail carrier brought the newest kit of the Knit Purl Sock Club! As always, the presentation was beautiful. A shimmery pearl-colored bag held the yarn and the pattern, plus a surprise.

The surprise is a Lollipop Mini Sock kit, as imaginative and adorable as can be. Word has it that the little wool lollipop was a big hit at the Sock Summit last month. It's a stick wrapped with enough ShibuiKnits sock yarn to make the enclosed pattern for a tiny sock. The thing intrigues me and it must be a quickie knit. I'll be casting on for it tomorrow, although I have no idea what you do with a mini sock. Any suggestions?

Last year, each Knit Purl club kit was in a Portland, Oregon theme. A landmark or aspect of Portland inspired the yarn color and the pattern design. This year, that doesn't seem to be the case. I googled the pattern name - Eikrem - and came up with a Manchester United soccer team member. You can click on any of the photos to get a better look.

There's been some discussion on Ravelry about the way the ribbing at the top meets the leg pattern. It does look a bit awkward in the photo but I'll give it a go. We'll see if it looks better in the flesh. If not, it's easily changed.

The yarn is Chameleon Colorworks Twinkle Toes (50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel.

I have never knit tencel, also known as lyocell. Tencel is from wood pulp cellulose. According to The Knitter's Book of Yarn:
Behaviorally speaking, lyocell has excellent dimensional strength and durability. It can absorb moisture, making it suitable for warm-weather attire, and it has a relaxed weight and drape that are enhanced by its excellent dye absorption and reflective qualities. It has a soft feel that makes it highly suitable for fabrics used in next-to-the-skin wear.

Sounds good for socks, doesn't it? The yarn has a buttery soft hand, mimicking a wool silk. At first, I thought the color was a vivid sky blue. Looking at the color name - Socktail - the color is really much more curacao.Photobucket

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