This long holiday weekend, I finally took the time to close the second toe and weave in the ends of my Embossed Leaves socks knit with the new Patina yarn that we dye in our Poste Yarn studio. I'm quite proud of this base and the colors that we are dyeing, the combination of which give a burnished look, or a tone-on-tone type of dyeing that looks good with both simple and complicated stitch patterns. Embossed Leaves is the sock pattern that I've probably knit more than any other, unless you count the plain-ol-vanilla socks that I knit with self patterning sock yarns. Apparently, I'm not alone in thinking that Embossed Leaves shows off Patina well, as one of the other projects finished in Patina so far on Ravelry also used this same pattern. Great minds think alike!
The first color I chose to knit in this line was Hanging Gardens. As you may know, I go with greens quite often, and I love this lime with emerald and the dappled tangy yellow. They are bright socks, but not so bright that one wouldn't feel comfortable wearing them. If I had knit them in my size (shown on my sister's feet below), I'd definitely wear them around. But I knit them for smaller feet.
I greatly enjoyed knitting this yarn. The combo of superwash merino, nylon and tencel was soft, but not the kind of soft that creates lint or won't hold up to wear. There's a tight ply to this, which shows me that this will hold up to machine wash and dry (more on that later), though I'm not one to machine dry my finished projects. These socks can be washed regularly with all your other clothes in the washer, though I recommend always putting hand knits in a lingerie bag before washing so they are protected. While they will hold up to machine drying, they will shrink up 10% or a bit more, so I recommend laying them flat to dry instead. Over time, machine drying will also reduce the stitch definition, so, again, pulling them out before machine drying is recommended.
Heather and Rachael knit a shawl and sweater out of this, and I'll soon share with you their projects and thoughts of how it performed. Well, I assure you. We are all quite in love with this yarn.