... I'm not quite sure about the 'orgy' bit, but the rest does seem to describe the moderate obsession I've been having with the Broken Seed Stitch Socks. They're addictive.
I first saw this pattern used on Steph's blog and loved the idea of using leftover sock yarns. It sounded like an excellent way to start cleaning up some of those random odds/ends accumulating in the stash. But, as Steph mentions, these socks require deceivingly small amounts of yarn. When I'd finished the first pair, my leftover balls of yarn had shrunk, but enough yarn remained to knit a second pair of socks (three pairs from one skein, actually, if you count the originals). I reached back into the sock scrap box and grabbed a secondary contrast color. And, I kept going. I can't stop, I won't stop... my shared affliction with Miley.
Where sock knitting is concerned, I prefer simple stitch patterns that don't add a lot of bulk to the sock. This pattern is interesting to look at without the addition of lumpy-bumpies or holey-woleies. It relies on the contrast between the two yarns to provide the visual effect. It's interesting to look at without being totally impractical and uncomfortable to wear inside a shoe. I especially enjoy the appearance of the variegated yarns. I like the look of the variegated yarns in these pairs of socks over any of the original pairs I knit using them, because I get all the benefit of the color palate(s) without globs or pooling. Also, instead of burying/blurring the design of the stitch pattern, the variegated yarn enhances it.
I see more of these in my near future. As a general proposition, I seem unable to make one of any pattern lately. This is also true with sewing, as I hope to show you soon! This space has been cycling between feast & famine a lot lately. I have LOTS of projects finished, and I'm due for a period of plenty.