It's not about the yarn. I loved knitting with the Sparkleduck yarn and am looking forward to starting on the other skein that I bought from Yarndale. I love the subtle variations in the pink and the silver sparkles which run through the whole sock. I don't know how clearly you can see that so you'll have to take my word for it!
It's not about the heels, tiny stars which I thought would make an interesting change from heel stitch. They still create a nice cushioned heel and I'm very pleased with the way they've turned out.
It's about the stars on the main part of the socks themselves.
I took them up to Skipton with me on Tuesday to consult the knit n natter ladies. (Someone asked me once if it was worth the drive to get there. With mugs of hot chocolate like this one waiting for me and the chance to talk yarn all afternoon - yes, it is! J)
I had an idea, you see. Something that I've never done before but thought I might try on these socks. They're my socks, after all, and I can do what I like! I consulted, and the knit n natter ladies agreed that it might indeed work very well.
The problem, you see, is that I don't think you can see the stars very well. If you look closely you can spot them, but I wanted something a bit more obvious - so my idea was to outline them in a different yarn.
Once the edge of the stars has been highlighted in a variegated yarn they are much more noticeable, and you can also see the purl texture as well.
Left foot ...
Right foot ...
I was feeling pretty pleased with myself until I got home and asked my husband what he thought. He liked the plain sock better. "The other one's a bit flash," he said. A bit flash? That is the effect I was going for so my plan obviously worked - but perhaps he's right and the socks should be left au naturel?
What do you think? Flash or not flash? To outline or not to outline?
I'll be posting the pattern for these socks very soon, and it'll be entirely up to anybody who might want to make them whether they outline their own stars or not. In the meantime, my socks are gazing reproachfully at me from my knitting bag, waiting for me to outline the second sock or to take the stitching out. I think I've made my decision - but I want to know what you think too!