A few years ago RoseRed gave me a skein, a much loved, stroked and admired skein, of Sundara Sock yarn in a rich dark green-black. I loved it for a long time as it was my first ever skein of this lush, rich yarn and I wasn’t sure I wanted to make socks from it.
You see, I’m very hard on my knitted socks. Sometimes I wear through them in as little as six months, the fabric at the ball of my foot wearing away to frail, lifeless threads in one ever-exposed patch, so I’m not always keen to use my special yarns on items that becomes so readily obsolete.
Then I just thought what the hell. I wear through them, I knit more. Life’s too short to worry. I know I’ll wear them happily for however long they last.
The result is these Black Rose socks, a Knitty pattern I’ve made before.
I love this pattern. I loved it the first time I made it. Both times I’ve chosen nearly black sock yarn for them – there’s something about that spray of lace down the side that seems to work in a dark colour – like you need the contrast of your pale skin beneath to really see the detail of the panel.
It’s too warm here for socks now but as always, I get a nice, quiet sense of satisfaction knowing I’m a little ahead on knitting for winter next year. I’ll enjoy these in the winter of 2013. I’m sure of it.