Monday, January 13, 2014

Yarntini Please, Extra Stripes!

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What's the best way to make sure you keep a sock WIP on the needles at all times?  You get yourself some super yummy self-striping yarn, that's how!!  I mean really, look at these skeins!!  Aren't they just the yummiest of yummy stripe-y yarns you've ever seen?

Since last month I've been on a sock knitting roll.  As in I've almost knit 3 pairs of socks in less than 4 weeks kind of roll.  Crazy, right?  Now, I've knit a pair of socks in a week before but never 3 pairs in 3 consecutive weeks!  I'm feeling quite proud of myself.  I really am.  Although, as much as I really want to take advantage of this sock knitting steam train that I seem to be on, I'm going to have to take it easy from today forward as other things need my attention.  Which makes me sad because it's not often that I get going on such a knitterly momentum like this.  Oh well, c'est la vie.

But I do plan on keeping up with this sock knitting business though.  Even though it didn't make it onto the blogged 2014 goal list, I've made it my goal to always have an ongoing sock WIP on the needles AND in my handbag - that way I know I will always be knitting on it and not randomly throughout the year as it slowly gets shoved down to the bottom of the WIP pile.  But then again, if you've got fabulous yarn like these lovelies on your needles, how can you not want to knit it up pronto??  

Yarntini - Under the Sea Closeup

The beauty about self-striping yarn is that you can let the yarn do all the work and you can just stick to an easy peasy plain vanilla sock pattern.  And I don't know about you, but whenever I knit with self-striping yarn I just can't put the needles down.  I want to know what colour is next.  Or I tell myself, "just one more stripe and then I can stop/go to the bathroom/make dinner/eat/shower/go to bed...".  Totally potato chip knitting.

It can be dangerous.  It can be a time suck.  It could be one of those situations in which you sit down to cast on and before you know it, you've knit up a sock in a day.

And this yarn?  This yarn is the deadliest of deadly.  Why?  Because there are ten stripes - TEN!!  Shut.the.front.door.  I'm salivating.  I just know I'm going to forego sleep just so that I can knit these beauties up.  I can't wait!  The problem is, which skein to knit with first??

Yarntini Label

Just so I don't suffer alone, I'll enable you let you in on the deets of these skeins.  The yarn is by the lovely Jessie over at Yarntini.  From what I've seen, Jessie normally lists pre-orders in which you can decide on what colourway and base you want.  You have the option of House Sock (100% superwash merino), Premium Sock (80/20% merino/nylon), or Top Shelf Sock (80/10/10% merino/cashmere/nylon).  I picked Premium Sock for both skeins as I prefer to have a little nylon content in my socks.  Out of all the colourways that she has I just had to pick Super-Duper Boogaloo (don't you just love that name?) and Under The Sea.

Yarntini - Super Duper Boogaloo

Yarntini - Super Duper Boogaloo Label

Simply delicious.

I mean, Super-Duper Boogaloo, what colour isn't in here??  My jaw literally dropped when I first saw this colourway and I seriously got all grabby hands for it.  Seriously, wouldn't you?

As for Under The Sea.  Well, there really is no better name for this colourway than that.  All these gorgeous blues and greens mixed with bits of brown and grey...those colours are exactly what you would see if you were, well, under the sea.

Yarntini - Under the Sea Closeup 2

Would it be wrong to spend the day rubbing my face in these skeins?  Some people would love to roll around with litter of kittens, not me.  I want to roll around in a pile of yarn.  Preferably as colourful as these beautiful skeins.

Did I mention that I can't wait to turn these showstoppers into socks?  Because I can't.  Although I do feel a little pity that as socks no one will be able to see the stripes in all their glory.  I guess I could wear skirts more often, or anything that will draw your attention to my dazzling stripey feet.  But it's more likely that I'll be the weirdo that walks around hiking up their pant leg, demanding that people look at my socks.  I can tell already that the Mister is going to hate self-striping yarn by the time I bind off the last stitch of the second sock.

But who cares.  Look at my stripey yarn!



10 comments:

  1. What is your go to plain Jane sock pattern?

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    1. It's a mix of elements from Wendy Johnson's basics from her book, Socks From the Toe Up. I like using Judy's Magic Cast On or the Turkish Cast on, either an afterthought heel (if knitting with self-striping yarn) or gusset heel, or an Eye of Partridge heel (it all depends on the yarn), and I generally like a 1.5-2" 2x2 ribbing cuff.

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  2. These are gorgeous! I'm always afraid to use such colourful yarn though. Please put up pictures of your finished beauties!

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    1. Thanks Nina! :) I get nervous about using such beautiful and/or favourite yarns for fear I won't do it justice. But plain vanilla self-striping socks are easy peasy and really show off the colours. :)

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  3. ohhh man those are gorgeous!!! xo

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    1. Thanks Becca! Now to knit up a pair of socks before Yarntini's next shop update in February! ;)

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  4. Lovely colours. Looking forward to seeing how the stripes knit up!

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  5. I always have a vanilla sock-in-process that I can pick up anytime, anywhere. I find sitting down to knit a plain pair of socks rather lengthy and onerous, so I like having the option of doing it in smaller spurts.

    I also get a lot of sock knitting done on vacation or camping. I don't drive and my bf prefers if I chat with him while he drives, so I knit and chat. When we go to visit his mom in Revelstoke I usually get through a pair of socks over the weekend.

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    1. I usually have a plain vanilla sock on the go, as it's perfect to take along to playgrounds, appointments, or when I'm watching Sons of Anarchy or the like. But then I noticed my sock pattern queue and decided that I should really knit some of them! I really should cast on a pair though...the projects that I'm planning on casting on for soon might be too much to tote along with me when I'm out and about!

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