A while back I swapped some yarn with a friend, and obtained one of those balls of sock yarn that make you ask yourself "what was I thinking" as soon as you're home. I don't mean I don't like yellow, brown, white and blue as colours - but all of them in the same sock yarn? What was I thinking!
I gave the yarn (Peterle Strumpfwolle, a German sock yarn) a chance though, and made a pair of straight-and-simple socks with 60 stitches across.
And behold - hey turned out gorgeous! The weird looking yarn makes interesting, beautiful figures when knitted into socks. The colour combo is pretty and not ugly at all! What a transformation: that's why the socks under the working name "Ugly socks" are now called "Ugly duckling socks". Looks like giving what-was-I-thinking yarns a chance is sometimes a very, very good idea!
Have you made the same experience (or the exact opposite) - please share the story in the comments!
This thing about sock yarn is that there's no such thing as a bad purchase. Even if the colors aren't that great, they still turn into a pair of cozy wool socks. You can't go wrong!
I guess you're right, Allison!
I think the socks looks great! I'm currently working with a skein of yarn that didn't look very attractive while it was hanked, but now that I'm knitting it, the colors look absolutely wonderful!
It's so suprising to see that happen, isn't it! Got to love a pleasant surprise though :)
Love them! Very animal-print-ish.