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April 18, 2008

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Sock Yarn Acquisitions

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:00 am

Are you tired of looking at yarn pictures yet?

Here are some of the sock yarns that I have acquired since the beginning of April.

This was my prize for completing the “Knit from your Stash” contest.

Koigu prize

It is a lovely little Koigu, solid gold with subtle shadings. As you would expect with Koigu, it is OH so soft.

It came with a wonderful knitted gauntlet pattern (fingerless gloves), which, for the life of me, I found too difficult to photograph. I’ll just have to settle for showing you the final project. Um, once it is finished.

How about this one?

Fortissima Sock Yarn

On April 1st, Christie was knitting on this sock. Apparently, she wasn’t very happy with the yarn because when I asked her where she got it (and did they have any more of it), she ripped her needles out of the sock and handed the whole thing to me. I really love it – kind of a “hiking sock” wool texture and kind of a “Kitchen sink” array of colors. I am vastly entertained by self striping sock yarns and am looking foward to contiuing Christie’s work.

Good things come to those who wait:
As it so happened, there was a Red Rocks Fiber works delivery to Knit Knack on April 1st. Poor Gerri – we were snatching it off of the table faster than she could check the inventory and put price tags on things.

(She is really nice to put up with us so often…)

I quickly pounced on these two:

RRFW
Color called “In the Navy”

RRFW No Repeat
Color called “No Repeat” (which I think may mean that it can’t be duplicated). It is absolutely stunning!!

What better way to celebrate the end of a Yarn Diet than to dive into a huge pile of Red Rocks Fiber Works?
As I have mentioned previously, I find Red Rocks Fiber Works to be terribly addictive. My “Sweet Pea” and “Weeeeeeeeeee’re off to see the Wizard” socks are made from this yarn, and I have one other skein in my stash closet. I can’t recommend this yarn enough. It even goes into the washing machine (machine wash cold, gentle; dry flat).

Also made from RRFW is my Chevron Scarf.

Remember the story how I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to the yarn store on the last day of November? I think I had a work meeting run really late or something. Anyway, I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to get the single skein of “Artichoke” that I knew would be just perfect to make a Cheron scarf with a lonely skein that I had in my stash (color called “Sheer Luck”).

As the months went by, I visited the lonely little artichoke on occasion. Pulled it out of the bin and pet it for a while, and then (cleverly) buried it back at the bottom of the bin.

I might not have been able to buy it, but gosh darn it, I was going to make it hard for anyone else to find. :-)

Well, when April 1st came around, it was one of the first things I pounced on. While I was up at the retreat, I cast on the Chevron scarf:

Chevron Scarf Yarns
The one on the left was the skein that I had (Sheer Luck) and the one on the right was the one that I bought (Artichoke).

I think they are knitting up into a beautiful scarf:

Chevron Scarf Start

They blend well together, and make an interesting texture. I’ve not proceeded very far on this project, because I think it is too wide. My fault, actually, as I deliberately tried it with bigger needles than the project called for, just to see what would happen. This is cast on with size six needles, and I think I am going to drop to a size four (the pattern calls for a five). We will see what happens… Currently it is over six inches wide, and I would like it to be around 4.5 to 5.

This is more of an “accessory” scarf, rather than a “keep warm” scarf, so I’d prefer it to be longer and narrower.

Either way, I think it is going to be my “bus” and “social” knitting project, as soon as the aforementioned Wizard sock is done.

It has a lovely home to live in when I am not working on it. I found this bag up at Serindipity, and it will be a great “traveling project” bag.

Tutela Project Bag

Isn’t it pretty??

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5 Comments »

  1. I am so impressed with all of your show and tell INCLUDING PICTURES! :) Everything is so pretty!

    I hope you are up for some knitting on Sunday! :) Hope to see you at KK.

    ~Nolson

    Comment by Knittin' with the Boys — April 18, 2008 @ 9:07 am
  2. all that beautiful yarn! Im a bit jealous cause my wee beastie of a son tends to throw a hissey fit or suddenly likes to wake up from a nap when i pick up my knitting needles.

    Comment by kari S. — April 18, 2008 @ 10:36 am
  3. I love the colors you’re using for the Chevron Scarf! They really go together nicely :) That’s a really cool bag you found at Serindipity!!

    Comment by Terrie — April 18, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
  4. Great stuff Maynard!

    Comment by Purple Princess — April 18, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
  5. Love the scarf, a very nice combo indeed and worth the wait. Thanks for reminding me of the colorway for the the RRF yarn.

    Comment by Claudia — April 19, 2008 @ 11:51 am

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