Now, I knew when I chose Shepherd Sock for the Nether Garments that things would happen, that with the shaping of the piece the color shifts would go in different, even unexpected directions. It's the nature of hand-painted wool, of course. I figured that I would just be kind of zen about it, and let the colors go where they would.
Along the ankle and calf, I like this. It's pleasing and fairly regular.
This, at the knee, I can live with -- it has a little jolt where the calf shaping begins, but it sorts itself out.
This is getting weird --
And this, above the thigh shaping, is just bizarre.
I'd been thinking that I'd use the tights for yoga, being warm and close-fitting, you know, but I don't find anything about these flashes the least bit meditative. Want to see the full effect? --
The moral is, you never know.
Now, that said, the garment itself is very comfortable so far. It looks a bit bulgy at the top, but that's from the circular needles pulling it in; the above picture is a view of the front, with the thigh shaping at the inseam. It fits my leg perfectly, of course, being made to measure, and with Elizabeth's careful planning and simple formulas it all went together without a hitch.
Here is a photo of the shaping, the back of the knee at the right and the beginning of the inseam at the left.
And I like the Shepherd Sock, too. It's a bit splitty on the fine needles, but it feels nice in my hands. I was thinking, even as late as when I turned on the computer this morning, that I might keep up with it, finish it anyway, not wanting to give up on my Almanac project for this month (and I have eight skeins of the wool!). But the colors are just not working for me this way -- lightning bolts on the thighs! I don't think so -- and I don't see how I could reknit it -- maybe working with alternate balls, it could work! -- and still finish by the end of the month. These Nether Garments didn't have much appeal to me at first, but now after actually trying on at least a part of it, it is not uninteresting. (This may seem a little like Westley's remark in the Fire Swamp, something along the lines of "It's not too bad, really," but I'll leave it there.) Mary at The Knitting Zone very kindly calculated the yardage for the Shepherd Sock for me, and it looks like eight would be plenty, as I've only just added the third one -- I was going to acknowledge her help in the final post on this project, but I think that for now this is it. For those who might pass this pattern over, it's worth another look. In a lighter wool like Shepherd Sock, they would make excellent yoga wear or ballet leg warmers, for those in less Wisconsin-like climates, or something warm and cozy in a thicker wool for those long winters in the North. Like with the Chainmail Sweater in the March Chapter, yarn selection can make the world of difference! I would only suggest a solid color....
I needed a bit of a confidence-booster last night, and this came off the needles only an hour or so past my bedtime -- another Odessa, with beads this time. The blue is the color Julia chose for her hat, and Laura's will be the lilac-pink.