I present to you the latest SIP (sock in progress). This is the Melody yarn by Jojoland that I got at Full Thread Ahead on the yarn crawl. I love how the colors transition gradually. The color changes make this a very fun yarn to knit.
The sock yarn is a three-ply (lace weight is two ply). Each ply transitions through several colors and is offset from the other two plies. The colors they chose to blend together are very interesting too. Click the pictures to see them bigger.
Melody knits easily. It is soft and I have not had a problem with splitting stitches. I did end up knitting it pretty tight (9.5 sts/in on US#0). The next needle size up was definitely too loose for (my) sock knitting.
My one complaint is minor. Each skein appears to start in a different spot. If you need to have your socks matchy-matchy, you may be frustrated by this yarn. Since the color repeats are very long (I'm not sure I have seen a true repeat yet), it isn't easy to line them up. I did look for skeins that seemed to be similar. Luckily, I am happy with fraternal socks.
Oddly, the swatch I worked on the other skein matches this sock pretty well. I knit it from the outside (that way I can knit the sock and only rip out the swatch if I need too). What does that mean? Does the colorway go from A to E and then back to A?
Overall, I really love this yarn and recommend it without reservation. I think I need to go back to Full Thread Ahead and see what other gems Hollis has hiding in those cubbies.
The lace pattern is adapted from a pattern in Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb. I am trying to decide how or if I should add the lace pattern to the back of the leg.
This toe-up gusseted heel is my new favorite method. I have tried many methods and like kissing frogs, none of them was "the right one". I ended up creating my own. I'll post a tutorial for it tomorrow.