Pattern: Gilly Socks by Lorraine Umbers, available free on Ravelry.
Yarn: All Things Heather Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in Shades of Rose.
Purchased: Not purchased. This yarn was part of a prize that I won last year from The Loopy Ewe.
Pattern--I liked this pattern, but it was not the easiest pattern to follow although it was easy enough to knit. I think the way certain instructions were given might confuse a beginning sock knitter. I do like the top ribbing, which is a 5 and 3. I’ve never used that before, but it gives a plush look to the socks. The lace pattern on the leg and the top of the foot is very stretchy and comfortable. I did change the heel. The eye of partridge heel that was in the pattern just did not look right with the mottled color of the yarn, so I used a regular heel stitch flap. I don’t think I even looked at the pattern’s toe instructions because I made my toe in the way that I know fits my feet well.
Yarn—The dye job on this yarn is lovely. I really like the shading. There is enough color variation to be interesting without causing pooling or flashing problems or being too loud or detracting from the pattern. I do have some concern, however, about the durability of the yarn. When I made a couple of mistakes and had to tink, this yarn was so lightly spun that it came untwisted and was very hard to knit back. I am not crazy about sock yarns that are so tightly spun that they resemble string, but I do like enough twist that I think that the yarn is going to take a lot of wear. I am a sock wearer as well as a sock knitter, but I much prefer not to be a sock darner. A few yarns of this type have surprised me in the past, and I’m hoping this will be another one.