Perhaps it’s the new year, or perhaps it’s because the planets and stars have aligned, but I’m feeling so renewed lately about my knitting and crafting. The Never-Ending Sock I think had really gummed up the works a bit. It’s finished now, and I still can’t tell you why it dragged on and on. I enjoyed knitting it, I loved the pattern, I didn’t mess it up, I think my crafty mojo just took an end of year break. Who even knows? It’s clearly beyond my ken (please tell me that expression also reminds you of The Sound of Music. Yes? No?).
But, now that it’s out of the way, I’m so excited to look forward to all the new stuff I can do. And one of the first things that I’m legit actual peeing myself with excitement about is my first skein of Yarn Vs. Zombies yarn. I ordered it from Kiki late last year, I think as a birthday present for myself, but with everything going on, and my vow to at least finish the gusset of the NES (The Never-Ending Sock, not the Nintendo Entertainment System, although, I’d gladly have both), it sat on my desk in its packaging for a few weeks. Finally, I pulled it out to admire it with fresh eyes, and it’s quite possible that I squealed for no less that eighty-two hours and twelve minutes. Oh em gee, you guys, I love it!
Ain’t it gorgeous? It’s the “Tails” base, 100% superwash merino DK weight yarn in the “Tasman Strait” colorway. I love the cool blues, and they remind me of cold water, mist and ice. I’m not perfectly sure what I want to do with it, but I’m leaning towards this pattern, “Scallop Lace Hat” by Leah Coccari-Swift that I found on Ravelry. I think it’s a really beautiful pattern, and will be fun enough to knit but will let the yarn really be the star. What do you think?
I’ve also started knitting on some knee-high socks for my Ma’s birthday. She picked them out of the same book that the NES is from, “Knitted Socks East and West” by Judy Sumner, which is good because I know it’ll be a really beautiful and fun pattern (also, now that I’ve worked from two patterns in the book, I’ll be reviewing it soon! Stay tuned!).
They’re called Sayonara (because they’re the last pattern in the book; hehe, I see what you did there, Judy Sumner! Cheeky monkey.), and at first I was daunted by their being knee high socks, but they’re in worsted weight so they go WELL fast. I was only an inch or two along when I snapped it for the blog, but I’m already almost twelve inches down the leg.
I’m really in love with the cables too (keep in mind I haven’t blocked them so they’re a bit screwing in the pic). It’s a four stitch cable, but on the straight, you do a two stitch cable on one side, which adds that little bit of extra depth and texture to it. I adore it. I hope Mama really likes ’em. Oh! I’m using Rowan Pure Wool Aran for this project.
Now, y’all know what a Rowan fan-boy I am, and I am really loving this yarn. I checked out the comments on the Ravelry page for it, and several people were complaining that the balls had a lot of knots per ball, and it was splitting. Now, either those people are totes cray, or there was just a bum lot at one point. I’m nearly through an entire ball and I’ve not had one knot, and I have had ANY problem with splitting, and I’m not even just defending it because I want my coffin lined with balls of Rowan yarn (creepy, but not though. Think about it, wouldn’t that be divine! I’d just be sad that I’d be too dead to enjoy it. But, my ghost would know, and my ghost would appreciate it).
I know knots really cause sand-in-the-nethers for some people. I’m not one of them. Knots don’t phase me. From working in a yarn store and talking to yarnie peeps more informed than I, acceptable industry standard is three knots per skein (which still riles some people up, but what can you do?). But, even then, there haven’t been ANY knots in this one so far. I found the twist to be really stable and I’ve not noticed any real issues with splitting. I’m a riDONKulously tight knitter, AND I’m doing cables, so if this yarn was going to split it would be happening to me constantly and it just isn’t. So, I’ll keep going and see if things change, but so far, I’m finding those other complaints not to be true. I REALLY love knitting with this yarn. The only thing I’ve noticed that could prove to be an issue down the track is that it does get a bit of fuzz to it which could lead to pilling. I’ll be super interested to see how it wears though.
Wow! That mini yarn review was totes unplanned, but I kinda like it. I hope y’all find it helpful! Rowan! Hurray! *dreamy eyes*
How is your crafty new year shaping up? Tell me what projects you have planned this year in the comments. Sharing brings me to life, y’all!