A Welcome Wild Card

I’m happy to say that I wrapped up my Petty Harbour socks Monday morning and they’re currently waiting for a quick block and their time in front of the camera. Being without a knitting WIP at that point, I quickly cast-on Elm by Cookie A

I’m using this skein of String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns Caper Sock in the Dark & Stormy colorway.

IMG_8588This was a gift from a fellow Socks with Sarah knitter upon the end of the KAL. I don’t host KALs for any reason other than I like doing it — providing guidance, assistance, inspiration, and a place for knitters to gather & share is one of my favorite things to do — so getting a completely unexpected ‘thank you’ gift was really very touching for me.

I opted to knit this skein into a pair of Cookie A’s Elm

IMG_8653And I managed to get through the ribbing & the first chart during the evening I had to work on it. This photo is so dark, but it is a beautifully real teal-y blue. Photos of it in the daylight will be one the way as time allows. I do have a funny story for you though. I rarely check the recommended yarn super carefully on patterns. I scan the weight and the fiber content, but I usually don’t really look at the actual yarn used just because I have enough sock yarn that I just use something comparable in my stash. I picked this pattern just because I thought it would look really nice with the yarn. It wasn’t until I was part way through the first chart that I realized this yarn was actually the recommended yarn for the pattern.Β  What a fun coincidence!

In any case, it also just so happened that my order from Dyeabolical arrived on my doorstep (in record time might I add) on Monday morning.

Meet…

IMG_8654Queen’s Tea on Fawn Shetland

IMG_8656-0Gasoline Rainbow on BFL Silk

IMG_8657-0and Fate, PhD on Falkland (of which there are actually 2braids).

Seriously, could they be any prettier? Talk about incentive to wrap up my current spinning project!

As if these are gorgeous enough, in the box was also a fabulous skein of ID Sport Single in the Sebastian colorway for me to try out. Obviously, this skein was a wild card in my knitting plans, but one that I more than happily made room for in that grand mental sliding queue. I auditioned a couple different patterns to get the feel of this terrific new base (it’s a super soft single with bounce to spare) and finally settled on Alana Dakos’ Sprig Cloche

IMG_8666For obvious reasons.

I’ll share more gory details on how a-mah-zing this yarn is as well as a special chance to win a skein of your own shortly (can you say, ‘squee!). For now, though, even though I’m sure I’ve got your attention, I have to go knit this beauty so I can show off the finished project. Trust me when I say, this project won’t last long on my needles. It’s that good!

16 responses to “A Welcome Wild Card

  1. fabulous colors! Every time you show the braid and then the spun yarn, it amazes me how one can make the other. Can’t wait to see how those turn out. As for the sock/yarn – well, it just goes to show that you are VERY good at matching the right yarn to the right pattern. Can’t wait to see those as well. πŸ™‚

    • Lol! I definitely got a good chuckle out of that sock yarn coincidence – how perfect! As for the fiber – I am getting better at visualizing the yarn I want and spinning something close-ish. The biggest challenge is learning to understand how the colors will end up blending and then how to arrange them how you want them. I am definitely still learning!

      • I can see how that would be the challenge – and I am trying to learn right along with you – by watching. Still have not ventured into spinning. I am tempted, but I resist another craft, even if it is just an extension of the current craft!

      • If you go the spindle spinning route it can be a pretty inexpensive pursuit. Unfortunately I was terrible with a spindle at the start. I probably would not have gotten into it had my mom & hubby not conspired to get me a wheel!

      • πŸ™‚ they are good people. I have wondered about the spindle – can you get the same quality and yardage that way?

      • As I understand it, you can use spindles and wheels interchangeably. I believe there are instances where the set up to do certain things is a little different, but basically speaking the wheel was just invented to do what a spindle does faster. I have a lot of spinners I really admire who donThe bulk of their work on a spindle. πŸ™‚

      • I guess I had better check it out, then. πŸ™‚ I have been resisting because I don’t want to spend money on a wheel and then find out I don’t like it or am not good at it or something.

      • I will say I found the spindle harder than the wheel so if you have access to a class (maybe craftsy has one?), I recommend it. I am a weird and awkward learned though (probably why I’m a good teacher – lol!). It’s definitely an inexpensive way to try out spinning though. You can easily get started with spindle + fiber for under $50. If you need any help finding tools, let me know! πŸ˜‰

      • thank you! I, too, am awkward and clumsy. πŸ™‚ I am sure I can find spindle, fiber and even a class locally. I’ll give it some attention this summer, see if I can master something new. πŸ™‚

      • I saw an old friend who is one of a group of spinners here – she said she learned on a spindle, thinks it is a good way to learn, but that she would not give up her wheel for anything now. She told me a few people who teach around, so when I am ready, I have the info. πŸ™‚

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