Monday, February 18, 2013

Too much yarn? Really?

I never thought having too much yarn was a problem but as I plug along mastering a sock recipe on my CSM, I'm going through a lot of yarn. I rewind most of it but in the process of it coming on and off the machine, you inevitably need to cut it. Some of these skeins have been cut so many times, it would be impossible to make a sock out of them that wouldn't slice your foot open in about an hour from walking on all the knots! Periodically, I start a new skein but I've gone through most of the ordinary stuff and in the words of my CSM pals...all that's left is the farty stuff. That means expensive, hard to come by, hand-dyed and stuff you don't dare waste.

So I went through the stash and tried to decide what I was willing to lose -- none! Well almost none. I'm so close to perfecting a ribbed recipe that includes a 1x1 ribbing to start, into a 2x2 rib (my own special blend), pre-heel, heel, 2x2 foot ... toe. Sorry, I was just thinking out loud there.

So what's a guy to do? Buy new yarn of course! Did we just meet?

smokey eyes

I found a source for Opal Smokey Eyes sock yarn in some nice colors for only $9.00 a skein with a minimum buy of 10 skeins or 9 skeins for $10.00 a skein. Seriously, I can't remember and anyway ... I don't make the rules, I just follow them and authorize Paypal. These 10 skeins should be more than enough before I move onto the farty stuff. I'm a little concerned that it's got polymide in it which is great for socks but last time I tried Regia (which has a similar blend) the machine hated it with a capital H! Ten skeins? I think it's worth the risk... it's a $100 investment that should last a good while and if they actually become socks ... they're superwash wool (that means washer and dryer friendly to the non-knitters out there) and in nice enough, self-striping colors! Are you convinced? More importantly, I think I convinced myself.

So what do you think of the colors? Got any favorites? CONTEST!!! Guess my favorite in the comments and anyone who guesses correctly by 2/25/13 will be put in a drawing for something from my stash. Multiple correct answers will be put together and one winner will be randomly generated. That's pretty simple and you could win yarn! One guess per person and please use the color numbers in the comments. No guesses like, "ooh, the orange one!" ;-)

Are you feeling lucky?

12 comments:

Lisa said...

I love these colors....may have to get some to "play" with myself......my guess is 6643......

garret said...

6647 I really just went with the one I myself liked best. Great minds think alike.

Lauralou64 said...

I ordered some as well! I can't wait to see the finished socks! My guess is #6641

Rhonda said...

I'm going with 6642

Brandon said...

I'm going to guess 6646

Anonymous said...

6643 is my selection judy

Peter Kassner said...

I'll say 6645 just because nobody else did

Debbie Baker said...

Well, I like 6644, so I am assuming you do too!

And if your machine ends up hating the Opal, I will gladly buy it off you.

Debbie / StarfishKnits

Martyn Cole said...

I don't think it's fair, I don't know you very well and you have no stash so I can't even cheat by looking a that :)

So I'm going to go for a completely random "stick a pin in a map" choice and say ....

erm 6640.

Martyn.

The Pattern Slave said...

I think you're a 6645 kind of guy. --thepatternslave

Lauralou64 said...

Did I win?

Martyn Cole said...

I'm thinking this competition was just a ruse to make me buy opal yarns. I just bought 4 different types after seeing them in that picture.

Am I too suggestible?

Martyn.