Not Sock Yarn

Back at Stitches West, I took a class on spinning for socks, and I even bought some lovely BFL combed top from Miss Babs.  I thought about trying to spin long draw, and I had my beautiful interchangeable spindle to play with it.

Well here it is – and it is lovely,
NotSockYarn1c

but
NotSockYarn1b

it is simply not sock yarn.  It’s 3 ply, but way too thick for socks in my SF Bay Area part of the world.  Not sure what yardage I have, but I hope to make a cowl or a hat out of it, maybe some wristers if there is enough left.

But I am now spinning some amazing fiber from Pigeonroof Studios – a lovely merino/nylon/cashmere in the Malarky colorway.  This will not be sock yarn either, because I want to make a scarf or a shawl or a cowl in a light fingering weight 2 ply.  I’m about 3/4 done with the singles, and I can barely stop spinning to do the other stuff I’m supposed to pay attention to in life, like work, housecleaning, etc.

Malarky1d

And I’ve received approval from my little cousin Rachel on the pattern and yarn for her birthday sweater. I’m going to knit her a CeCe  lace cardigan in the lovely Rowan Calmer yarn in the Tree colorway:

Calmer1b

While I’m happy that I got this yarn for a reasonable price, the reason itself is sad – a local LYS, Llama Llama Knit, is closing. The folks who’ve run that store have always been lovely, they had a great following with dedicated customers. I wish them only good things for the future.

Speaking of which – it is expensive to have knitter/spinner friends.  I only went to the store at all because my friend Leslie sent me a photo of the very on-sale fiber left there.  I walked away with, for me, a total haul of fiber for a very reasonable price.  And it is ALL her fault! 

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5 thoughts on “Not Sock Yarn

  1. Love that green yarn. And you made a nice chunk of the not-so-sock weight fiber, too. It will turn into something beautiful in your hands.

    Going to see what Pidgeonroof Studios has right now!
    Nancy

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