Wednesday, January 03, 2007

More Seattle Sock Yarn... and SSS questions

It's funny how I'll get on a roll with the finishing and then have no projects left that are close to completion. So instead I'll have to entertain you all with yarn!

When I was in Seattle I went to a couple of my favorite yarn stores. My first real day there I went to Weaving Works, which is a store you definitely shouldn't miss if you're ever in Seattle! Not only do they have a great selection of yarns, they also have fiber, spinning wheels, tons of books and accessories, supplies for natural dyeing, and much more (including, I'm assuming, weaving stuff.)

There I found some sock yarn that I had never heard of - Royale Hare. No, there are no bunnies involved. It's just your normal wool and nylon.

It's pretty hard to see the colors in the picture, but it's a variegated dark blue, purple, and a bit of teal-ish green. Very subtle. I'm excited to work with this one.

After returning from Oregon I spent some time downtown around the Public Market (another must-see, but not yarn related) and went for a bit of a walk to visit So Much Yarn... The last time I was there I bought the Wildfoote for my Jaywalkers, but by this time I had pretty much exhausted their sock yarn selection. They do have a HUGE amount of Claudia Hand Painted in many colors I have never seen, but since I've used that yarn already something new was a priority.

So I got this:

It's Dream In Color yarn. I had heard of it before but never seen it in person. One of the best parts was the very friendly and helpful staff. There were two guys working at the front counter and a class going on in the back. One of the guys in the front was helping a customer with her first hat, and the other one was happy to have a nice chat with me about socks he had knit with the Dream In Color.

So that wraps up my Seattle stash enhancement. Now I don't know what I'll write about! I'd better get knitting. ;)

I'm also joining the Second Sock Syndrome (SSS) Swap which is open for sign ups until the end of today, so if you're interested hop on over there right now!

My answers to the questions are below.

1. What are you favorite sock yarns?

I think my favorite yarn at the moment is Socks That Rock, but the list of yarns in the sidebar has quite a few starred and I've loved all of those too.

2. What are your least favorite sock yarns? Anything you just cannot use?

I don't really like yarns with silk, and I prefer yarns that are machine washable.

3. What method do you prefer to use (DPN's, 2 circs, 1 circ, etc.)

I knit almost all my socks 2 at a time on magic loop (1 circ).

4. Is there any method that you cannot use?

Not that I know of. I've used 2 circs, ML, and DPNs all at least once, plus both toe up and cuff down construction.

5. What are you favorite colors?

BLUE!!! I'm also a big fan of purple.

6. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced sock knitter?

Definitely more advanced. I've knit all kinds of socks, but I don't mind simpler ones either.

7. Any other info you want to share (such as other likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc)?

Looking around the blog will give you a pretty good idea. :) I really love stars (the shape).

8. Last, but not least, what are your sock measurements?

Around ball of foot: 8.5"
Around ankle: 8.5"
Foot length: 8.75"


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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs