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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lots of sock yarn and a new design

My lounge was filled with colourful yarn drying today. I love being surrounded by all this beautiful yarn but I think it drives my family mad. At the moment, the lounge is the most convenient place to dry yarn. Hopefully it won't be long now until I can start drying it outside again.

This week's update is all about sock yarn. If you don't like knitting socks there are so many other things you can knit with sock yarn. In fact, sock yarn is my favorite yarn weight. It's so versatile. It can be used for socks, gloves, hats, delicate lace shawls, garments, colourwork, cables and just about anything else you can think of. Find all the new yarn here. I do have some Royal Lace to come too but it's not dry yet.

Here's the Merino Plus TWIST:
Let's take a closer look at my favorites:

And 3 colourways of Twinkletoes:

 How about taking advantage of the 'Amore' Pattern of the week offer (scroll down to Saturday's post for details) and knit it in this gorgeous' Raspberry' colourway?
 This dark purple is my favorite and I'm so tempted to keep one for myself.

The new issue of The Knitter arrived today and my design, Trethawle is their Stashbuster pattern. Trethawle was knitted during the first week of January so it's been a short period between knitting and being published. The handwarmers features an interesting cable pattern and come in two sizes and are suitable for both men and women. I used Artist Palette Smoothie Sock for the magazine sample. It was a gorgeous sock yarn to work with. Very similar to my Super Merino and Merino Plus sock yarns. Merino Plus Twist would be perfect for these handwarmers. And I bet those cables would look stunning in some sparkling Twinkletoes. The pattern includes both charts and written instructions and are knitted in the round on double pointed needles. But you could use circs and magic loop.

I must have forgotten to take photos of Trethawle so I only have the magazine photo:

I really fancy knitting myself a pair of these.

I've got some spinning news but it's late and I need to pack my bag for my Toe Up sock workshop at Hulu Crafts tomorrow. I love teaching at Hulu Crafts. Their showroom is big, light and airy with beautiful yarns on display. Although it's mainly an online shop, if you're in South Devon it's well worth a visit.

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