Just uploaded final pattern file for proofing and printing, so I get a brief break from Pattern Purdah, and can present the new club Tsock without further ado. Hoist one with me, willya? I give you our, um, well, Indian Summer sock, Frozen Margarita.
It’s a silly one, without too much Deep Inner Meaning for once - just a lot of lime slices, a saguaro cactus, and plenty of salt.
Oh, and an optional Mezcal worm in the bottom of the bottle - that is, on the heel.
Yeah, I know… not strictly authentic. But then… there’s a lot about the typical Frozen Margarita presentation that is, if not inauthentic, maybe a little, well… cheesy? Like for instance those big silly stemmed glasses with the stem shaped like a cactus?
The way I see it - it’s all part of the fun.
There’s a great deal of latitude in this sock - which elements go where, how many of them, how big, how tall - much of that is Knitter’s Choice.
I personally like my margarita with a LOT of lime…
… and a LOT of salt on the rim of the glass.
Unlike most club socks, this one doesn’t come with a Techniques supplement, because all the tricks in it are things we’ve already used this year, though they are occasionally mixed and matched in unexpected ways. From a technical standpoint - the sock is not without its challenges, but overall the club is getting a little brain break after the rigors of Firebird, Frenchman’s Creek, and York & Lancaster.
All of which would have made this a perfect summer knit. Sigh. There’s still a little bittersweet yarn attached to that, however.
You may recall that the reason we originally had to change the batting order was that the base yarn we wanted to use was temporarily unavailable?
Alas, to all intents and purposes it remained unavailable. Oh, there was yarn, all right, more or less when we were told to expect it. It was the form factor that failed us. The special sproingy bamboo blend yarn I had set my heart on was supposed to be shipped undyed in 1/2-pound hanks. From a dyer’s standpoint that’s a good bit less convenient than cones, but Jen and I agreed that it was do-able. But when the first batch of yarn arrived? Those 1/2-pound hanks? Not exactly 1/2 pound. They were varying sizes and weights - most of them about 5-6 ounces. Roughly. Approximately. Give or take an ounce here and there. Oh, the total poundage was exactly as ordered. The increments? Not so much.
An average sock skein is about 4 ounces. For our purposes there’s a good bit of variation in that rule of thumb - we make custom skeins in two sizes for our kits, based on actual sock yardage (plus a nice whack for “slush” factor), but still that’s the ballpark, and working with those inconsistent hanks would mean we’d end up wasting somewhere between 33% and 50% of the yarn.
Apparently the suppliers didn’t see the issue in this light. Jen talked to them, of course, but no joy - all they kept saying was, we’re sending you exactly as much as you order, so where’s the problem?
You have to wonder if they actually want people to be able to dye and resell their yarn. Based on the evidence, I’m guessing… not. But then I also have to wonder - in that case why do they even bother making it available in undyed hanks? Something just doesn’t add up.
In any case, our hope of varying the yarn mix for once suffered the usual fate of best-laid plans. So - Frozen Margarita is worked up in tried-and-true Flock Sock. Which isn’t exactly chopped liver, mind you! In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, it is after all my favorite sock yarn. It’s just… not what I originally planned.
So what else is new.
Ah, what the hell. It’s still plenty bright and silly and frivolous, still a cheerful reminder of the summer past and of summers to come.
In fact - know what? think I’ll order me up another one. Hey, where’d that pool boy disappear to…?