Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Infinity Pool!

I'm not a very big fan of pooling. I just don't like the way it looks, its not my style I guess. It reminds me of something out of date from the 70s (the disco-esque, brut, tacky 70s). I was born in the 70's, so I don't know if this represents a repressed childhood memory - well, probably not.

Sometimes its fairly subtle, good even:
Good Pooling
(Koigu KPPM from my first socks)

Sometimes it makes me twitch, so much that I usually resort to frogging:
Bad Pooling
(STR medium weight, Monsoon - from Inside Out Socks)
So you know, this occurred on the BACK of the second sock very close to casting off - the first sock and remainder of the second sock were spared ... so it survived. Plus, these had already been ripped out at one point for intolerable foot pooling that occurred on the top of the second sock foot. So, I took a deep breath, ignored, and cast off)

But, sometimes its hard to tell:
Ambivalent Pooling
(STR Silkie, Walking on the Wild Tide from Grasshoppers, currently still on the needle)
Its not subtle: its pooling. But, if you concentrate on the individual rows, the same color does not repeat itself on bordering rows - maybe every other row, but there are no "blob" type areas of color as you see in example B. I'm conflicted, I really am not a pooling person, but something about this is appealing to me.

I'll probably stick with it, keep knitting - this is on the sole of the sock. We'll see how it turns out, keep your fingers crossed!


karen said...

"Sometimes it makes me twitch, so much that I usually resort to frogging"

what?? does that mean?

mesoconfused...i thought you we writing about yarn, but that sounds straight out of a rap video..

Elinor said...

I really hate pooling too. I don't know what the appeal is but I think it's just fugly. Pooling sucks all my knitting mojo. I've just recently decided to give away some pooly socks because of irreconcilable differences.