Recently I’ve become intrigued with pooling sock yarn. It’s a challenge to either get yarn to pool or to keep it pooling. The size needles, the stitch pattern, the number of stitches, and of course, the yarn all play an important part in whether the yarn pools. There are pictures in this post where I was playing with adding or reducing the number of stitches to create or stop the pooling.
Here’s a challenge for you: Make a pair of socks with pooling sock yarn. There will be a prize! Here are the rules:
- It has to be a new, not yet started pair of socks.
- The yarn can be from your stash, from The Loopy Ewe, or wherever you choose to buy your yarn.
- To prove that it’s a new pair of socks, take a picture with your yarn, and your needles laying on a calendar for the month of March. If you don’t have a paper calendar, there are plenty online. Here’s one I used.
- Make your socks. Use any pattern, any method – toe up, cuff down, two circulars, double points — whatever you want to use!
- Your socks have to be full leg length . . no little short, squatty tops on these babies! The legs need to be at least 6″ and the foot needs to be a regular, full foot . . adult size socks.
- Socks have to be finished with a picture posted and linked in a link box here by the end of the day on June 1, 2013.
The Prize: The elves from The Loopy Ewe will judge which socks have the best pooling. Don’t ask me what makes one pooling better than the other . . this is just a fun project. No one is allowed to get upset if their pooling isn’t judged to be the best pooling. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe.
Full Discloser: The gift certificate is being purchased by me (really . . by Vince since he brings home the bacon around here) so the winner can thank him! Oh . . better yet, let’s just not bother about letting him know about his generosity!
Anyone interested in accepting this challenge? This is a great chance for those of you who have been on the fence about sock knitting to jump it and try to get some yarn that pools. And . . a $50 gift certificate from TLE means you can buy more yarn just in time to knit up some socks for Christmas gifts.