12 August 2013
Guys. Guys. Guess what happened. It is amazing. I follow this blog, Yarn on the House. Like the name implies, you can win yarn for doing nothing more than leaving a comment on a post. And I finally won a giveaway! The yarn I won is over there. Isn't it lovely? It's Skein Yarn's Top Draw Socks. The color is called China Town. I'm not sure if I want to make socks with it, or figure out a shawl pattern or something. Of course, I'll have to swatch to see how the colors work together, and I supposed if I can't find a pattern I love, I'll just have to write one myself. Any suggestions?
Let me take a break from talking about yarn for just a second to talk about my current project--and yes, for a change it's really just the one that I'm working on, although I'm feeling a little pressure to get cracking on something else, too. In my last post, I asked for feedback and opinions about what to make for my cousin's baby, due in October. The silence was deafening, but I went with the hat and bootie set rather than another sweater. Like the name of the book the pattern comes from says, it was indeed a quick knit. So now I'm working on the sweater for her, and I have to say it's coming along swimmingly. The red color is really nice and the yarn is a dream to work with. I don't think I would have gotten any if I hadn't felt a sample of the yarn worked up. Berroco Comfort DK is an excellent yarn, and if I didn't know any better I'd swear it had cotton content. The main reason I wouldn't have gotten it if it weren't for the sample is the fiber content, actually. It's a 50/50 nylon/acrylic blend, and now that I'm getting more familiar with different fibers, I tend to stay away from such high artificial materials unless I'm looking for a sock yarn with a lot of nylon to stand up to wear and tear. The moral of the story is, this yarn is awesome and I'm hoping to get my hands on more Berroco yarn in the future. I have a friend who says her stash is almost entirely Berroco Vintage, and while I'd normally shy away from the 50% acrylic content, Comfort has me thinking it might be the workhorse she says it is.
Okay, back to the yarn. A few weeks ago I stopped in to Stitch House to talk to Annissa and see if she was hiring. At the time she wasn't, but she said she is always looking for people to help in the fall (hurray!) so I'll be sending her an email to see what she needs. Anyway, since I was there, I figured I might as well poke around. In addition to a new drop spindle (that I haven't played with yet, but I should because I have a ton of fiber waiting to be spun), I picked up this hank of Tosh Sock in Pink Lemonade. As you know, I don't usually go for bright, light colors like this, but it was screaming my name so I just couldn't leave it behind. I'll have to swatch this, too, to see if it pools or stripes before I pick my pattern. And then I'll have to run it through my yarn meter to make sure I split it evenly, now that I think about it. Then I can just work a toe-up pattern and get as much mileage out of my yarn as possible.
Now, for my final picture of the day, here is the other yarn I got at Coveted on my last visit. I bought all that yarn for my cousin's baby, and then I was ready to leave with nothing for the stash--look at me, ma! All purpose bought yarn!--but then this caught my eye. And that's saying something, because there was a bunch of other yarn kind of smushing it out of the way and into the corner of the container it was in. This is Ana's Superwash Merino Worsted in Persephone. There was also a hank of Starry Night at Coveted, but something about this color was calling my name. I'm planning to design a cowl with this yarn, something that lives up to Ana's awesome colors.
The moral of this story is that I will never be able to leave a yarn store without buying more stash yarn. Oh well. There are worse things in life. And now I'm going to wrap this up, because Blogger is acting funny and making it hard to create links, and the spell check is misbehaving. Annoying. But I should get back to working on that sweater for my cousin's baby. The shower is coming up soon!