So, I finally have this two socks at one time on two circs thing down. After two pairs, it is a breeze and I tell ya, using this method--if you can manage not to tangle the yarn or drink too much while doing it (from the stress)--after a pair, you'd swear it took you only as long as it used to take you to do one, lone sock. I love it.
Thing is, I'm sailing along with this pair and after a couple inches or so, I notice that one sock looks different than the other. The colors aren't quite as bright. And then it hits me: Don't the know-it-alls always tell you, when working with hand painted yarn, that you should intermingle two skeins or something fancy like that to avoid mismatching colors or pooling?
Okay. So, if I'm going to avoid differences in colors, that would mean I'd have to do two socks at one time on two circulars, and at the same time use two skeins for each sock? That would be four balls going at once?
Shoot, if I could juggle or ride a unicycle, or even perform those cool underarm fart noises, maybe I'd try it, but I'll settle for mismatched socks, if nobody minds.
(One thing I can do is run real fast and jump in a pool without getting my hair wet. But that's an entirely different story. Girls who can do that are the ones with desperately frizzy or potentially frizzy hair. They're not usually the acrobatic knitters who'd attempt the whole two socks on two circs at one time with two balls for each sock in order to avoid pooling or mismatching issues.)
Thanks for all the great comments on the Somewhat Cowl. I've had a couple people ask about yarn substitutions. The yarn I used was sport weight and a silk and alpaca blend. But here's an off-the-top-of-my-head list of potential subs (and don't be impressed; I'm just a yarn fanatic.):
Peace Fleece DK
South West Trading Oasis
Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca
Jaeger Luxury Tweed
Peruvian Collection Quechua (Elann.com)
Peruvian Collection Highland Silk (Elann.com)
Rowan Cashcotton DK
Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere
Rowan Wool Cotton
Lion Brand Sport Weight (but you'd have to go down a needle size or two to get gauge)
Lion Brand MicroSpun
(BTW: I just saw this on Julia's blog, the gal who dyes that amazing Vesper Sock yarn that I love...well, she has a kitty cat who needs a home. If you live in the Pittsburgh area or somewhere nearby and want to adopt, let her know. I have been thinking of my wonderful girl, Lois, who died a year ago tomorrow, and these memories compel me to mention this. She was a great companion and fetched, and meowed on key. She was great and I want to let you know about him. He looks like a great cat.)