I think I can well and truly say that I found my hobby.
I joined the Desert Vista Dyeworks Unofficial Sock club this year. Basically, you knit one pair of socks using DVD each month and earn discounts on DVD yarn, other yarn-y notions, and if knit one pair each month for 12 months, you get a free skein of special yarn. I really, really wanted to knit a lot of socks this year so I thought I’d try it.
For March, I decided to share the sock love and offered Jesse a pair. He picked out the colorway called Slinky. We had a good laugh once I started knitting it up. Everything in our house seems to be gray, blue, orange, and yellow lately.
I’ve also managed to finish two cowls and a pair of socks. The cowl I’m wearing was knit using the Purl Bee Big Herringbone Cowl pattern. I used two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in colorway Alpine Pearl that I purchased at The Yarnery when I was visiting the Twin Cities (that place is packed with lots of good yarn – I love to visit). My bind off isn’t great – and it rolls a little at the edge – once it’s wrapped around my neck, you can’t even tell. And I love how the variagated yarn looks with the herringbone pattern.
The other cowl was one I finished in about four hours of knitting time. I had just finished my March DVD socks and was staring at my stash trying to figure out what to do next when I spotted these two skeins of gorgeous Tanis Fiber Arts Gray Label in Margarita. I wound them, cast on 135 stitches in the round, and just used a simple seed stitch (alternating skeins) until I was out of yarn and then bound off. I love how it turned out. And it’s perfect for the spring season.
The other random pair of socks were supposed to be a present, but they didn’t get done in time so I added them to my own sock drawer. I used Simply Sock Yarn Company’s Poste Yarn in Christmas Island. I purchased a couple of skeins of Poste and I’m not 100% on how I feel about it. Do you have a favorite sock yarn?
So that’s my quarterly yarny review (brought to you in large part to the first 4 seasons of Breaking Bad). I have a couple more projects I’ve wound and I’m impatiently waiting for April 1 to start so I can cast on my DVD socks.