Yarn Porn

January 26, 2009 at 4:16 am 5 comments

Yesterday was a happy day for me as I received 2 packages in the mail full of yarny goodness. The first was from Indie Dyer’s World of Warcraft Sock colors with my chosen November and December colors (along with an additional accent skein from November). Prepare for a bunch of yummy pics!

I got Something Finney, a murloc inspired colorway:

I love the autumn-like colors. But I had a hard time turning down the other choice: Rezzing Again, so I got an accent skein of that as well:

And my selection from November: Long Ears, inspired by Night Elves.

I was tempted to pick the other color which was inspired by Taurens, but I couldn’t pass up these luscious hues.

Then, I got a package from Blue Moon Fiber Arts containing a skein of Beryl so I can finish up my husband’s socks. Of course, I wasn’t able to just order the one skein I needed. It just so happened that a couple others jumped into the shopping basket as well!

Fire on the Mountain:

And a skein of Gypsum, which I think I’ll make into Leyburns eventually.

After receiving all this yarn I was excited to cast on for something, so I chose Long Ears and decided to start some Jaywalkers.

Unfortunately, last night I was made of fail. It took me forever to cast on… I had so many problems. I decided to do two-socks-on-one-circular, but it was so frustrating at first… I was using the long tail method and didn’t use enough yarn a couple times. Then I completely lost my ability to simply count the number of stitches I put on the needle. Then I kept joining and twisting, despite my best efforts not to do so. After this happened about 4 times I cast on each sock onto DPNs, joined, knit 3 rows, then transferred them to the circular needle (which, in itself was a feat).

After that, things went smoothly until I realized the socks would be waaay too big for me. The cuff itself was about twice the width of my ankle, and the rest didn’t look too promising. I had decided to knit the medium size based on the measurements given in the pattern. The problem is, my feet are big (size 9), but I have twigs for legs and bony ankles. So I chose the medium size to accomodate my feet, not realizing the cuff would be so loose.

So it looks like I’m gonna start over with the small size and maybe find a way to increase when I get to the foot.

Sigh… it sucks not making progress after wasting a whole night.

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  • 1. Heather  |  January 26, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Oh my gosh~ Yarn porn is awful!

    Looking at all those yarns~~ SOOO made me want them. 😦 I loved the WoW colorways from that dyer… just never could get myself to spend the money for them. The night elf one is beautiful.

    Then you go and post about Socks that Rock! Oh the torture!
    I have yet to touch the stuff… but all these photos makes me want it sooo badly~ I love the Gypsum colorway! Oh my god. If you roll that into a cake… TAKE PHOTOS~ I want to see it wound up! xD Please~

    I need this financial aid check to come in soon. >.>;

  • 2. Heather  |  January 26, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Oh I also cannot cast on circulars (I use magic loop)

    I ALWAYS cast on using Dpns… it is just easier for me. Then I switch to the magic loop… then dpns again when I get to the gusset, decreasing is easier that way. Then magic loop till the end.

    Oh and pish posh~ your feet are what my feet were when I was in Junior High! I wear size US 10.5 to 11 Wide~ lol. However, the small ankle thing is tough. My dad has that, and said it was hard for him to get boots in the army… granted… that is boots and we are talking knitted socks…. but I can sympathize with the sock width issue.. kinda… through my dad. gl!

  • 3. marri  |  January 26, 2009 at 5:32 am

    yumm! you know, you make those shipping rates worthwhile by putting a lot of yarn in each box.

    sorry to hear about your knit frustrations last night. >< i HATE when that happens – you plan to be all relaxed and productive and happy and nothing goes right and then you end up lashing out and snarling at the boy who just wants to know how you’re doing… or, maybe that’s me. πŸ˜‰

  • 4. koto-chan  |  January 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Gorgeous!! All my favorite yarns all together! πŸ™‚ I’m making some socks for myself out of Rezzing Again right now.

    I also had trouble with the sizing on the Jaywalker pattern – even though I got the leg to fit me, the ribbing was way too big, so I recommend maybe using smaller needles for the ribbing to get a good fit.

  • 5. sayllama  |  January 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Thanks, Heather. Sorry to tempt you with my photos. I remember being a student not too long ago and barely having enough money for groceries, let alone yarn! But those days WILL end, I promise! πŸ˜€ Oh, and I’ll be sure to take more pics when they’re wound up too πŸ™‚

    Marri, I can only say my boy knows too well not to interfere when I having a yarn tantrum. Usually when I’m stressed he suggests I relax with some knitting, but last night he was like “Um, maybe you should take a little break from the needles.” I must seem like an addict!

    Thanks, Courtney, for the Jaywalker suggestion. I’ll be sure to do the ribbing on smaller needles. I’m eager to see your Rezzing Again socks when they’re complete!

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