Thursday, January 29, 2015

In the Skein vs In the Sock

If you've been reading my blog for the past year or so, you'll know that I'm making a serious dent in my stash of self-striping sock yarns. I bought a bunch when I first fell in love with sock knitting, then decided I preferred solid yarns and textured knitting patterns... 

Then last year hit us and I realized that self-striping sock yarn was the perfect mindless stress-reducing knitting. A dozen pairs later, I went out and bought more of it....and there's still no end in sight. 

This is my third pair this year -- and it's only January 28th.  I want to knit something more fun, like those cabled owl socks I posted about yesterday, but those require a different kind of knitting time.

Yarn - Patons Jacquard Aqua

Once again, the yarn in the skein looked completely different from the yarn in the socks. It was on clearance, so I wouldn't have researched it in advance anyway, but I've found a neat trick on Ravelry. (This only works if you're signed in. I know that not everyone wants to join every site out there, but I hugely recommend Ravelry as a knitting resource.)

Search for the yarn by name -- in this case Patons Jacquards. Now scroll down a bit to Popular Colorways and find the one you're interested in.

Click on the projects link next to that color and you'll  see how that yarn behaved in everyone else's projects!  This is one of my favorite features, especially when I've got a yarn that's doing something I don't like or expect.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times. For more finishes, check out  Finish it Up FridayCan I get a Whoop Whoop?, and Freedom Fridays.


Anonymous said...

I have a similar stash of self striping sock yarn from back when I started... Now I also prefer more solid socks with fancier techniques, but somedays, and sock that does all the work for you is perfect- and your look great!

Anonymous said...

I'm wearing a pair of socks today made from that yarn! :-)

Judy S. said...

You are a sock machine! I, too, have lots of striped yarn and have come to really like plain but textured socks. My problem though is finishing that second sock!

Sharon said...

I love the sell striping yarn I have for two reasons. 1. It is mindless knitting for the car, etc. 2. My self striped yarns can all go through the washer and dryer,


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