Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bad, Bad Blogger

So I got sick. And then we went away for a weekend. And then I had finals at UW. And then I got sick again. For this, gentle reader, I beg your forgiveness. Nothing should bring me to so shirk my fiber duties. I haven't even taken pictures of the new Sockapaloooza sock I started. Mea culpa. But I shall, oh yes, I shall. For now, though, my latest purchases on Ebay, from Holland and England, respectively.

First we have the sock yarn. I desperately wanted some self-striping sock yarn, but I hate the faux-fairisle ones. You know, the ones with the little short blips of color and white that make little checkerboards, or vertical stripes, if you are untalented like me. So I hied myself to Ebay and found some lovely cotton-blend Regia from the India collection and blew a fairly shocking (for me) amount of money on two skeins:



Then, I set out in search of affordable Kidsilk Haze and discovered this seller, who not only had KSH for $10.50 a skein, but was also offering free shipping from ENGLAND! I got two skeins of this:


I'd like to design an Orenburg-style scarf for it with some of the patterns out of Gossamer Webs. If it comes out nicely, I'll post the pattern for sale at Etsy.

Does anybody have any suggestions for working with KSH? I've heard it referred to as "yarn crack," but I've never been able to afford it before (Etsy is a wonderful thing), so have no experience knitting it. Would Bryspun or Balene needles work well? I'm thinking that Addis would be way too slippery and blunt-tipped. Any comments would be appreciated.

Coming soon: Hot Pink Sockapaloooza Pomatomi.


Blogger Heide said...

Glad you're back and sorry that you've been ill. Hopefully the finals went well and you'll have lots of quality knitting time!

7:25 PM  

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