Let’s talk about taste for a minute.
This yarn has sparked some frank and unbridled Opinion.
A number of people have weighed in about this yarn. I was told that it’s trouble because of its wild contrasts in color and value. It pools. It flashes. It’s unpredictable. It’s not something you’d use for a garment. It’s not something you should even knit.
Screw all y’all! This stuff is brilliant. Unpredictability is what I’m here for.
I abandoned all other knitting to make a pair of socks out of this yarn called Fred, colorway Huntsville, because I was curious to see what would happen. And I wondered how these colors had anything to do with the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Through the mighty power of the Internet, I got my answer—from the yarnmaker herself, Rain Pope. It totally made my day when she wrote: “The actual, specific inspiration for the Huntsville colorway is . . . The Saturn V rocket. The first thing I noticed was the red lettering and black stripes, and when I saw the rocket displayed in its separate sections, I loved the gold and steel gray colors on the ends of the sections.”
A Saturn V rocket. I can’t believe I missed this—I spent many summers zooming past the Saturn V rocket located at a rest stop along I-65 South on the way to the beach. It is ICONIC, that rocket.
Kay, I’m surprised you didn’t make the connection yourself, seeing as how you have actually knitted underneath a Saturn V rocket at least once in your life.
On the way to Birmingham, a while back, at that rest stop with the Saturn V rocket.
The mini stripes rhyme often enough that there’s some order to be found.
Turning a heel remains one of knitting’s most elegant maneuvers.
Socks are not subject to the rules of Taste. Socks are subversive little exclamations. I can’t wait to blast off in my Saturn V Fred socks, colorway Huntsville. These make me want to keep the unpredictable socks flowing. What’s the craziest sock yarn you’ve ever used?