Kinked

So I mentioned before that this yarn, gorgeous though it is, is a little bit kinky straight from the cake. That’s an artifact of the dyeing process.  A lot of gradient yarns like this are machine knit into blanks, dyed, and then wound into cakes (the dyer who made this yarn posted a picture over […]

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Prepping caked yarn

You know those beautiful cakes of yarn?  The ones that flirt their way right into your cart with their glorious slow color changes?  Yeah, I love them too.  But, sometimes they require a tiny bit of extra work before you start knitting.  And, since I’m spending some serious time with yarns like this for Curls […]

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Kinked

Once I decided that the initial incarnation of the gray socks had to give way to a new version, the next step was to free the yarn.  Now this is actually surprisingly hard for me.  I loathe ripping.  I always feel like I’m throwing away all that time I spent knitting.  But in this case, […]

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Swatching, almost but not quite done

So here are all the ones I tried for this project. And you can see they sort of slowly narrowed in on what I wanted. I though first maybe something super bulky because that was lots of fun a few weeks ago with Semblance. But then the stitch pattern I’ve got in mind turned out […]

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Swatching, interlude

Yarn and pattern matching, interlude. Ok, so here are the five swatches it took to figure out which yarn I wanted to use. There’s still one more to come where I figure out sizing info, but these were what it took just to settle on a yarn. One of the most common questions I get […]

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Waiting

How about a little PSA about waiting (while we all wait to see how the election came out). If you’ve knit with a yarn, left it sit around for a while, then ripped it, your yarn will be kinked.  This is especially the case if you blocked the yarn (blocking helps yarn hold its shape…and […]

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We made it!

Everyone still here?  Starting to wake up from the holiday fog and remember how to eat real food and wear real clothes and more or less be normal people instead of the cookie stuffed, pajama wearing, movie watching, midday napping couch gremlins we’ve been for the last week or two? Got some of the glitter […]

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Repairs

I’m undertaking a bit of sock surgery.  The feet on one of the socks for Book The Third are a bit too long for the person who is going to model them.  So I’ve picked out the end, ripped back the toe and an inch or so of the foot, and now I’m going to […]

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