Sunday, January 18, 2009

Starting the year off right

Yesterday the knitting group in Salem was having a yarn swap, so I gathered up a few less-loved colors of sock yarn and a bunch of odds and ends that weren't sock yarn and headed out. Not many people brought much yarn, but I did manage to make a couple swaps with the sock yarn for other sock yarn and offloaded a bunch of other yarn that was nice, but just not something I'm going to knit. I've realized that I really do knit socks *way* more than anything else, and I like it. I've tried to convince myself to knit other things, but the truth is I don't often want to. So I'm embracing my sock-knitterness and paring down the non-sock stash.

The best part about this is that my Stasholution is now in the black. I have a stash rule that I can only bring in 1/3 the amount of yarn (measured in grams) as goes out. The "out" yarn is anything I destash or knit up. I was a bit in the red at the end of last year, but now as a result of this yarn swap I have a few new-to-me skeins of yarn and "credit" for 33.3g of yarn. Yeah, not even up to a skein yet.

As for the knitting, these past few days have been all about the WIPs. The second of the two scarves has been started and is threatening the progress on other WIPs - everyone wasn't kidding when they talked about how addictive it is!


Watching those little stripes form is so fun! And I hate 1x1 rib. I'm sure it will be even better when the colors change... you can see that the turquoise is starting to become green. I'm using colors 40 and 233.

I've also be participating in the Leyburn KAL on Ravelry. A bunch of people in the Socks That Rawk!! group are knitting this pattern in different colors of Socks That Rock - the idea is to get as many colorways as possible.


Mine are in Carbon Dating. I changed the pattern to cuff down and had to mess with the numbers a bit to get them to fit, but so far I think they're going really well. It's an interesting pattern, but very easy to memorize and fun to knit.

I should have a couple finished projects this week if all goes well, and neither of them are pictured above.

Listening to: I'm Not the Only One ~ Filter, Bruise Pristine ~ Placebo

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Anonymous Courtney said...

Hi, I'm in the Leyburn KAL too, and I just finished mine (in Gingerbread Dude lightweight). I love the colors in yours. They look great with the pattern!

I also know what you mean about mostly wanting to knit just socks. I'm the same way - almost all socks with a few hats and the occasional sweater thrown in. But I'm okay with that. ;)

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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