Book Yarn, Part XIV

Last, but definitely not least, this is the lovely Nate Sock Yarn by Briar Rose Fibers in the color 110 (such a romantic name).  It's a slightly rustic fiber with just a tiny bit of variation in thickness from one spot to the next. I've worked with Briar Rose before.  I first heard about it on Brenda Dayne's marvelous Cast On podcast.  I sought it out at last year's Great Lakes Fiber Festival.  I bought three and immediately turned one into Propitiate for The Boy.  I just cast on with the second a few days ago for an (as of [...]

August 3, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XIII

This lovely temptation is Classic Merino Superwash Sport by Knitting Notions in the color Dark Rose.  My camera decided to lie the day I took this picture. The yarn is actually a bit darker and, well, rosier, in person - more pink and less red. Knitting Notions shows at several of the fiber events in my area, and I've been lucky enough to see all of Catherine's yarns in person.  Her booth is unmistakable and irresistible.  She does a really beautiful job of displaying all her yarn to its best advantage.  If you're going to any of her upcoming events, [...]

July 31, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XII

These are wicked good fun.  Let me explain.  I believe I may have mentioned my feelings about colorwork.  I just don't do it.  I don't get it.  I don't (generally) like it.  I don't know how to do it well.  It eludes me. But I do occasionally go 'ooooooh, pretty colors...I want pretty colors' (admit it, most knitters are swayed by pretty colors).  So this seems like the perfect compromise. These are part of the gradiance collection by The Unique Sheep.  The gradiance collection is sets of different yarns in colors that shade subtly (or not so subtly) into one [...]

July 29, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part XI

This is the marvelous Dream in Color Smooshy in the color Chinatown Apple.  I love this yarn.  It is a perfect example of truth in advertising.  It is absolutely totally 100% smooshy. That is exactly the right word for it.  It feels marvelous and knits up beautifully. Now somehow, I've yet to make my own pair of socks out of any of the Dream in Color yarns.  A quick perusal of my stash reveals at least half a dozen skeins (including one duplicate color that I apparently loved enough to buy twice).  I will have to do something to remedy [...]

July 28, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part X

This is Serenity 20 by Zen Yarn Garden in the color Cherry Garcia.  And unlike last time, there are no lies here.  Zen is exactly the right word to describe this yarn.  It's a lovely merino, cashmere, nylon blend, and it's just about irresistible. Zen Yarn Garden is another new company for me.  I noticed that an awful lot of the socks I was clicking on on other people's sites were made with their stuff, and I had to check them out.  I'm glad I did.  Their blends are lovely, they have a beautiful color sense (reds...lots and lots of [...]

July 27, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part IX

This picture is a blatant lie.  It shows the lovely Shibui Knits yarn in Sock in the color Honey.  That part that's all well and good.  The lie part is the color.  In a fickle moment, I ended up switching from the Honey you see here to the equally lovely Sand.  Alas, I shamefully neglected to take a picture of the yarn in Sand before sending it off to get knit.  I'm really hoping that this is the biggest organizational snafu I encounter in doing this book.  The chances are small, but a girl can dream. I first found Shibui [...]

July 26, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part VIII

Next up is Silk Crush Sock by Sweet Georgia in Cypress.  I'm going to take a dramatic and unexpected position here and recommend you not click on those links.  Not, that is, unless you want to fritter away the next 45 minutes and who knows how many dollars in a sweaty, sticky, yarn-drenched daze. Sweet Georgia is new to me.  I'd not seen their yarn or even heard of them before I started the book project.  Then someone involved with the book sent me the link.  I don't really remember the hour or so after that.  A bit later yarn [...]

July 24, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part VI

Today I'm showing off Three Irish Girls' lovely Kells Sport in the color Brennan.  I've not worked with this specific base before, but I have used (and very much enjoyed) their Adorn Sock in my Calcareous socks. I first found Three Irish Girls' yarns at Sock Summit.  Their combination of beautiful colors and a wide choice of base yarns was irresistible.  I knew I wanted to include a variety of yarn thicknesses in my book, and Three Irish Girls makes one of the most sock-suitable sport weight yarns I've ever found.  It can be hard to find sport weight yarn [...]

June 25, 2010|

Book Yarn, Part V

Today we've got an appearance by another old favorite, Hand Maiden.  The light gray yarn on top is Bess, a merino / cashmere blend that I've not worked with before.  The darker gray yarn on the bottom is Casbah, a merino / cashmere /nylon blend I've loved for a long time.  One of my first patterns, Slant, was made from Casbah, as was Graupel, one of my more recent offerings. I have a soft spot for Hand Maiden and their sister company Fleece Artist.  When I first started knitting, I used the standard yarns available at Joann or Walmart and [...]

June 22, 2010|
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