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19. April 2009 19:51
by Jobo
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Sock Fever - (Heidi's by Hand - from London Wul)

19. April 2009 19:51 by Jobo | 4 Comments

Yesterday, we went on a shopping trip to Moncton for the day... we being a knitting buddy and her two twenty-something daughters.  The mall was nice, and lunch was nice.  I even got a new pair of Blue jeans at the Gap!  but seriously folks, the whole reason I went was to hit the yarn store.  I may have mentionned before, but my hometown of Summerside PEI doesn't really have much in the way of Yarn.  We have Zellers and Walmart.  'nuff said.

I kind of laughed... London Wul Fibre Arts was only open until 5pm, and we had lost track of time a bit at the mall, so when someone said - oh its 4:20!  I was thinking crap crap crap!  30 minutes in a yarn store?  you gotta be kidding right?  Anyways we got on the road, and drove there as fast as was legal in the province of New Brunswick, and managed to arrive and explore a bunch before close.  It was really refreshing to go around the store and touch all the fancy yarns.  Funny, when I go to our yarn retailers I do not feel the need to go fondling skeins and holding them up to my face, but in a REAL yarn store I have to hold back.  Really hold back!

I ended up finding some really cool sock yarn - handdyed 75% wool 25% nylon - in some nice big skeins (100 g, 420 m, 459 yds) Each skein should be enough to make a pair of adult socks.  I'm not sure exactly why I am on such a crazy sock kick these days, but I suppose there are worse things to be obsessed with.  At least they are functional items.... I mean, you don't *need* 20 scarves or 20 pairs of mittens... but having 20 pairs of homemade socks means you will never have cold feet.

Here are some pics for your drooling pleasure:  I only wish the camera could capture the squooshiness and texture of the yarn.  When I was at my mom's today I had to fight the urge to wind these two into balls so I could cast something on... Mom is great to help me wind skeins.  Two people, 4 hands, MUCH less tangling.  The designer didn't name the colours, so I am taking some liberties and naming them myself!

Berries and Wine: 




Blueberries:

 




So now all I need is to find patterns for these!  any suggestions?  I'd be glad to hear what you think would look nice with these colours.  I am thinking the semi-solid nature of the dying would make some excellent lace socks?  or something fairly detailled - the yarn is subtle so would show patterning well I think.  If you have ideas:  please leave me some comments :)

Once I brought these home... I realized that I am actually building quite a sock stash!  More yarn/eye candy:


Clockwise from the top:  1. Berries and Wine (Heidi's by Hand - Specialty hand dyed sock yarn)  2. Blueberries (Heidi's by Hand - Specialty hand dyed sock yarn)  3. Handspun by Me!  (Squoosh - "Sun Ray" Superwash Roving, spun 3 ply)  4.  Handspun by Me!  (Squoosh - "Navy" semisolid BFL roving)  5. Santa Fe (Yukon Hand Dyed Sock Yarn- Pagewood Farms, Merino/Nylon/Bamboo)

Now I need to go finish my current pair before my head explodes and I feel the uncontrollable urge to go and buy another set of DPNs... I know I have about 4 sets of size 1's, but whats another pair really?

Don't fight your urge... Go Cast on a Pair!

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