Sunday, April 6, 2008
Did It Again....
I found a new yarn! It's Instant Gratification from Hill Country Yarns. I got mine on-line from DiscountYarnSale. It was on sale. The single skein is called Indian Summer. The red and white is Candy Cane. What's nice about it is that it's a DK/Sport weight rather than fingering/sock weight. It's 100% Merino superwash.
I, of course had to CO as I'd just, and I mean just finished up the dishcloth I'd been working on the day before.I decided I'd like to do a stitch pattern that breaks up the colors. So I browsed through Ravelry for finished projects and found a gorgeous sock. It was Crusoe by Marilyn A Roberts at Knitty.com. It's a very simple pattern and goes quickly cuz you're only knitting half the sts every other round! The other half are slipped! I'm calling these Indian Corn.
The only caveat is several yards into the skein I found a knot. I've written to both Hill Country Yarns and DiscountYarnSale. It'll be interesting to see if they respond. The knot itself is really not anything more than an annoyance. What upsets me is that when using a space dyed yarn, shortening the color span disrupts any pattern that may have been creating by the dyeing. If it's on the heel flap, it's no big deal, but if it's in the middle of the leg or foot it changes the whole color pattern. Can I live with it? Of course, but it's still annoying to be sold something that is less than the best the manufacturer can do.
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