Showing posts with label sock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sock. Show all posts

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Specialty Yarns

Ah, specialty yarns. I love them....and I don't. While I don't actually have many, they few I do have are the reason why my yarn stash will never be depleted. I have one pink "yarn" that is almost a fabric in it's own right, made up of a bunch of pink and white threads all woven together. It's just a few yards of left overs from a project but it is so pretty I just can't bring myself to throw it away!



My biggest pet peeve has got to be eyelash yarns. I have two of those. Not long after I started crocheting years ago I bought them very cheap at a discount store. I have yet to find a project for either. Hmm that's an idea for later. I really like the sherbet colored eyelash yarn that I have, but the spacing for each color is so small that there's barely enough room for more than a couple of stiches in one color before it switches to the next. The end result always ends up as more of a muddy mess of color than anything else.



Well, what do I love about specialty yarn. A lot! The right one for the right price can be amazing. Baby yarns (ha, not the technical term!) are so soft and amazing to work with. I wouldn't mind a closet full of sweaters and scarves made from baby yarn.  Hand spun natural wool is just so interesting to look at with all of the variety in texture and width when it's spun just a little too loose or too tight. Sock yarn is so versatile! I'm not sure there's anything you can't make with sock yarn. I'm sure there are so many, many yarns that I haven't mentioned. Perhaps I'll come back to this subject in the future and we'll see if I've made anything from my eyelash yarn by then.



What are your favorite specialty yarns? 
Have you ever made anything with specialty yarns? I'd love to see pictures! feel free to post them on my facebook page! Just click the facebook link at the top of the page.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:



That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of socks...to knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?