One of my new year's resolutions suggestions was to finish the 8 projects that have been lingering in my WIPs . They are all there for a reason---some have been there for years. Over those months and years, I've forgotten exactly why they got put in time-out; maybe (just maybe) I won't hate them so much when I drag them out again. I thought I'd start with these socks; I can usually polish off socks in pretty short order, and that would be a nice way to start my new year's challenge with a big fat check/DONE!!
Plain socks. Nice colors. I was working on the heel when I quit. 1/4 of this project was already finished. Piece of cake.
I've taken a dozen pictures and none will show how awful this yarn is. I thought it must have some mohair in it, which would explain everything because I really HATE mohair (and I have a mohair scarf in that list of 8 that I really dread doing, too. Obviously there is a love/hate relationship here, because I keep buying it.) Looking it up, though, Jawoll Magic Degrade is 75% wool and 25% nylon; that should be great for socks. I should love this. The wool reminds me of a very thin Lopi; very lightly spun, very "hairy". My sharp little knitpicks dps split e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e stitch. It will be December before this thing is done. (Yeah, I exaggerate---but just a teeny bit.)
Wait. Could it be that simple?????
See the difference? I found some old 'nasty' hard, blunt, plastic maybe-Susan-Bates-but-I-can't-be-sure needles--and guess what? They are sliding through like a charm! No splitting. No catching. And they are grey! They even match the socks!!! These socks might actually get done.
I hadn't opened this needle holder in years. Thank goodness when it comes to knitting supplies, I'm really hard pressed to ever throw anything away--and there was my solution! The proverbial right 'tool' for the right project---will work every time.
A little aside:
I thought I'd find some nice worn wooden dps to solve the problem---