I love self patterning yarns—be they jacquards, or stripes, or just mutli color hand painted look. But nice as any of them are, they are OTHERS choices, others designs. A sort of color by number sock pattern. I wore my Crowning Achievement socks last week, and Lots, and LOTS of people said “ I love the colors” I said thank you—but really, I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COLOR SELECTIONS—well nothing beyond basically agreeing with all my complimenters—and chosing and buy the skeins of yarn.
Once in a while, I will make a totally generic sock with a self patterning yarn, but more often, I try to add something—a stitch pattern, a bit of contrasting yarn, an edge, a novelty heel design—something that changes the sock from just using someone else's design—exclusively—into a design that has something of me in it.
I suppose its a bit of vanity—but I am creative, and I want my socks to be reflective of me.
Sure it's work to weave in ends every 5 R's—but it's so worth it to have a simple stripe that is MY STRIPE. My design. ROY G BIV is hardly a new creative color way.. and the stitch pattern, a version of scattered oats is nothing very much either.. but together, the two become special.
I like working out the details (and will be pleased no end when it comes to the heel and gussets to be able to have a perfect unbroken pattern on the instep) I like seeing how what I imagine become reality.