Monday, June 29, 2015

Knit Picks Haulin'

I've been making a lot of Knit Picks orders this month. I don't even have room to store everything I've gotten; it's all still in the boxes they came in. They're sales have been great lately.

These are the yarns from the monthly yarn sales in May and June. The Chroma Fingering yarn is when they offered a free skein with a $25 purchase. Since I got these colors just because and not because I had a specific project lined up for them, I think they suggest that I want to skip summer and go straight into fall.

Felici yarns are back! And they even have a special label that says they're temporary (sad face!). These are in the colorway Countess, and I'm going to make another pair of the Time-Traveler Socks from my last post.

Needles! I have a set of interchangeable needles from Boye, but although they are the most affordable set out there they are not the best. The cables are stiff and the edges of the needle joins burr, causing the yarn to snag. I got The Try It set in Harmony Wood, as well as the longest cord available (60”). I also got Caspian tips in size 9, and the longest fixed needle I could find in size 0 because while working on these and these, my needles snapped. I’ll report back to see how these fare.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Finished Project: Striped Felici Socks

I finished a pair of socks! And I was so close to only having to use one ball of yarn for both. Using Knit Picks Felici in Arugula and the Time Traveler Sock Pattern, I made these adorable green stripy socks. I'm super proud that I was able to match stripes on both until I got to the heel on the second sock. It was then that I had to switch to a second ball of yarn. I tried to match the pattern, but I seem to have picked the colors going in the opposite orientation. I think if I had made them ankle socks instead, I would only have had to use a single skein but I doubt I would have been able to match the stripes so perfectly.

I love using this yarn. It is soft and sturdy, and the stripes always make the resulting project interesting to look at without the pain of working with multiple balls of color. I was upset when I saw that Knit Picks discontinued the yarn permanently, and so happy when I saw that it's been brought back just in time for me to order more for a second pair of socks. I hope Knit Picks takes the hint and keeps this line around in the future!