- May 25, 2015
Somehow (we won’t dwell on how), I’ve managed to go something close to a year and a half without casting on a pair of socks for myself. Now, part of this is due to the state of my sock basket (full) and part of it is due to my calendar (also full). But some of it is clearly due to some sort of character flaw. So Saturday, as I finally rendered the stinky yarn usable (lots and lots and lots of washing and lots of time in the sunshine), and contemplated its sock-like characteristics, I realized I just had to cast on.
Last time we chatted about the critters of the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. This time, let’s talk about the loot. Now, I’m normally rather restrained at these events. I just don’t go through much yarn (and when I do knit something, I like it to be in a yarn I can use for a pattern, and that imposes a whole new set of constraints on my shopping). But I did find a few goodies.
The first is some long, wooden dpns. I used to think I didn’t care for wooden dpns (and I still don’t like them at small sizes). But then, when I was at the Japanese dollar store in San Francisco, I learned the error of my ways. Really long (like 14 inches) dpns are amazing for hats and cowls and just about anything else. The only thing I don’t like about them is they’re hard to find.
One of the stands at the fair had them (plus shorter ones, plus crochet hooks, plus regular needles…plenty of good stuff to be had). It took every bit of my self restraint not to just get a set in every size. I somehow managed to limit myself to just one set of 7s, 8s, and 9s.
They’re from Twin Birch Products, and the only thing that kept me from buying them all was the reassurance that I could get more on their website if I found I needed them. I’m sharing the link with you only on the condition that you promise to leave some for me and not buy them all for yourself.
Now I also bought a bit of yarn too, but here the story is a bit more complicated. First, let’s see the pretty.
Beautiful, aren’t they? That top one is a 80/20 targhee silk blend in a lovely dk weight that will be perfect for thick socks. And the bottom one is a corridale fingering weight with one of the prettiest dye jobs I’ve ever seen. I suspect it will become some cuffs and a cowl. They’re both absolutely lovely.
And they smell.
Not like sheep (which I would understand), or vinegar (that’s cool too), but like strong perfume or incense. At the fiber festival (outside, in a stiff breeze, with the scents of critters and food vendors in the air), it was noticeable but subtle. Once I got them home, it was a punch in the face. There is no way I could work with the yarn in that state.
I tried emailing the address on the card to ask if they had any suggestions (or if I could replace it with unscented yarn), and my email bounced. Then I tried going to the website listed on the card, and it’s down. So I turned to twitter (and got lots of helpful suggestions).
I tried hanging them in the sunshine for a day or so. No luck. I tried washing them with my favorite wool wash. No luck. I tried a soak in vinegar, then a few more in wool wash. That took care of one of them and helped the other, so I’ve not given up hope. But really, it’s turned from ‘yarn I was really excited about and totally wanted to cast on’ to ‘huh, I wonder if this can be salvaged or if it’s a total waste of time and money.’
Now I realize I’m maybe too picky. I hate almost all scented things and have a rather enthusiastic sense of smell. So I thought I’d ask you guys. How do you feel about scented yarn? Have you ever gotten rid of or stopped buying a particular yarn because of the way they smell (I have actually stopped using one company’s yarns because they put a scent on them, and it means I can’t comfortably work with them or wear the things made from them)? Do you have any other suggestions to get the scent out?
I really want to use this yarn, it’s beautiful, I just need to find a way to fix it first!
You know that thing where life sort of conspires against you and you decide you Simply Must Leave For A Bit. There’s really not any choice about it, you just need to Flee. Yeah, well, that’s been going on. So last weekend, I fled. I went down to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival with a friend for a bit of relaxation and distraction (plus a bit of scheming…because really you need some scheming in any good weekend).
As often happens at these things, there were critters. Critters are quite good at providing distractions. There were live silk worms (which I’ve never seen before and which were handled by a small child with much more equanimity than I could have mustered).
Remember Sybaritic? I know at least some of you do! You’ve been asking about them ever since I took my early patterns down for a revamp. Well now they’re back and better than ever (new pictures, new charts, new layout, and an extra size).
I realize I likely shouldn’t be hopelessly smitten by leaves. They’re not hard to knit and don’t require too much special attention. But oh my are they awfully cute on this sock. The one on the top of the foot just about does me in every time. I suspect you’ll be fond of it, too.
For the re-release, they’ve been freshly knit in the always-delicious Caper Sock from String Theory. My love affair with String Theory is long standing and well documented, and Caper Sock was the perfect choice for these. The colors are just subtle enough to show off all your fancy stitches, but rich enough to be lovely all on their own.
And because I love you and want you to be happy, I’ve got a skein of Caper Sock in the color Melon to send off to one of you. Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about leafy knits for a chance to win.
Now I can’t send yarn home with all of you, but I can give everyone a bit of a discount. use the code LEAVES to get a dollar off the price between now and Friday. Just put Sybaritic in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code LEAVES. You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.
Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, May 22, 2015 will be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way. Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner). If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.
I have an unreasonable fondness for knitted fabrics that look woven at first glance. It’s one of the reasons I love this curl. It’s got all of the structure of a woven fabric with the stretch and bounce of a knit. The back of it is even pretty too (always a nice touch in a wrap, as I am pretty much incapable of making sure just one side faces forward).
I am really really looking forward to the photo shoot for these. It’s going to be an unreasonable amount of fun. Just remind me that it’s impractical to drag Alethea to Maine with us. Because the idea of taking these pictures on the rocky seashore…well, it has a certain appeal!