I may have to re-think that “no sock yarn in 2012″ pledge, since on the 4th day of the new year I had a little accident and fell completely off the wagon and must’ve bumped my head and temporarily forgotten that I wasn’t supposed to buy sock yarn. Seriously, I think I’m going to revise my commitment. Is it possible to revise the no buy contract I made with myself? I’m changing my pledge to this:
I will not buy more of the sock yarn I already have. No Wollmeise. No Tosh Sock, No Lorna’s Laces. I will buy minimum quantities of any new yarn that I see and can’t get out of my head, if it has gotten rave reviews from users. I will knit it up as soon as it arrives and will promptly post a review of the yarn.
OK . . that works. Consider my yarn buying in 2012 to be a public service. Whew . . I feel better already.
Last night while watching that dreadful Clemson game, I was trying to shield my eyes from the TV . . couldn’t take it, and I was reading Ravelry. By the way, we switched teams about half time and began rooting for the mountaineers, so in the end, our team won! How’s that for dedication and loyalty? On one of the Ravelry posts, in the 12 in 2012 group I think it was, the sock knitters were talking about their favorite yarns. I accidentally clicked on a link. I’m sure it was before half time and my hands were trembling at that “almost touchdown for Clemson that ended up being a touchdown for the other team play” and before stopping myself, the Springtree Road website appeared on my screen.
It was so much easier looking at that website than looking at the TV. We had not yet realized we were mountaineer fans instead of tiger fans and I was feeling really sad and then I saw the Muscadine yarn. I was wishing I had a piece of toast with muscadine jelly but the muscadine jelly is still packed! Then I saw a color called persimmon (which is not in the picture because I bought it and now it’s unavailable for you to buy). We love persimmons and are going to plant a tree. And then I saw that the skeins have 460 yards. The current yarn I’m working with has 395 and I’m so afraid I’m going to run short on these socks I’m making. Because of my new and extremely strong love for orange, I really wanted the tangerine and the bajiao but, if I’m just using the yarn to be able to write a review, one skein will have to do, right? Maybe!
Then I saw the Julip yarn – superwash merino, cashmere and nylon and 434 yards. Who could resist? With a game like we were watching, I needed some cheering up. Be Bright (check it out!) and Saffron hopped right into my cart. A yarn like this, it just might take two skeins for me to be able to give an accurate review. (I just made that up!)
My tastes in yarn are definitely like my tastes in fabric. I’m loving making pretty socks with the solid or almost solid yarns. Most of the patterns show up so much better. For plain socks, self-striping and speckled yarns will do but if I’m going to the trouble to make 5,439 cables, which I think I might be doing on my current pattern, I want those rascals to show up very clearly.
The Springtree yarn should arrive early next week. If I’m lucky, it will not arrive on Saturday when Vince is home!
And if you’ve read all the way to the bottom, you must be a knitter so here’s a little contest for you! Leave a comment and tell me which yarn you think I’ll use first and why. I think I already know which one I’ll use first so your reasoning isn’t going to change my mind. On Saturday evening, I’ll let the random number generator choose a number and you’ll get your choice of one skein of Muscadine yarn from Springtree Road Yarn & Fiber — a gift from me!