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Knit the Stash 2011: the Sock Yarn

Like any self-respecting knitter, I have a stash to be proud of. It’s full and constantly demanding more storage space and knitting time. I’ve added to it since beginning my most recent phase of knitting in 2005 and it’s currently contained in a plastic tote, two wicker baskets, and a few travel bags. It contains sock yarn, sweater yarn, “I have no idea” yarn, and hand-me-down yarn. Some of it is lovely wool or bamboo, some of it is blended, and some of it is acrylic that I’ve grown out of using. I’m attached to all of it and that’s why the stash is massive.

However, it’s time to make something of the collection, thus the Knit the Stash 2011 challenge. Over the next several Saturdays, I’ll be posting photos of the stash and thoughts on how the yarn will be used. Some of it will be knit up according to the original plan, some of it will be re-purposed and matched to a new and wonderful pattern, and some of it will likely be given away (I love blog giveaways!). I may also give away many of the knitted items.


all the sock yarn in my collection, less one that's in a knitting bag in my car


I wrangled up all the sock yarn. All told, there is wool for 13 pairs of socks, maybe more with leftovers.


Jawoll Magic Superwash


Sock Stash #1 – Jawoll Magic Superwash

I purchased this gorgeous superwash blend at A Yarn Over Marblehead December 2010 when I was shopping with my friend Alison B to get stuff for a cowl and mitts. This is a cute little store that has a good selection of yarn in a range from wool/acrylic blends for the timid beginner to high end designer wool for those heirloom projects. There was a single cubby for the Jawoll Magic Superwash and I was immediately drawn to the skein I adopted. I picked it up off the shelf immediately and carried it around the store for forty minutes before I made a final decision. The colors are perfect for spring and I can’t wait to have it knitted up and on my feet! I need to find the perfect pattern to showcase the colors. I’m thinking a simple rib would work.


worth a second look - Jawoll Magic Superwash



Knit Picks Stroll in Grass


Sock Stash #2 – Knit Picks Stroll in Grass

I’ve had good luck with the Knit Picks sock yarns. I know some knitters don’t like it, and that’s fine, but I have no problems with it so far. It’s priced well and my socks knit up their wool from a few years ago are just fine still. I loved this green color and it will work well for showing off a pattern with texture. I’m thinking a lacy pattern.


Knit Picks Stroll in Hearth Multi


Sock Stash #3 – Knit Picks Stroll in Hearth Multi

There was a sale and I got this for a good price. Orange has been my color this year. After years of avoiding orange, I’ve been craving it!


Knit Picks Essential in Lumber Jack Tweed


Sock Stash #4 – Knit Picks Essential in Lumberjack Tweed

A basic sock yarn that will show off a nice textured pattern.


Knit Picks Essential in Inca Gold Tweed


Sock Stash #5 – Knit Picks Essential in Inca Gold Tweed

Another basic sock yarn for a textured pattern.


Plymouth Yarn Sockin' Sox


Sock Stash #6 – Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox in ___ (blue)

I love this yarn. It has wool and bamboo! How can it get any better? The colors are soft and calming. I’m thinking a simple rib stitch pattern for this.


Plymouth Yarn Sockin' Sox


Sock Stash #7 – Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox in ___ (brown)

This is the same as the other Plymouth yarn. Brown is such a nice color for socks, especially in the fall with a wheat colored sweater and a bright scarf.


Austermann Step


Sock Stash #8 – Austermann Step

I love this yarn! I’ve bought a few skeins and knitted it up into socks, all for gifts, and loved every moment of knitting with this stuff. The wool is infused with aloe and it softened my fingers while knitting. I can just imagine how it would be for the feet!


a hand-spun hand-dyed gift


Sock Stash #9 – hand spun and dyed wool, green

I was given this wool as a departure gift when I left my teaching position in Maine. My mentor teacher was also a knitter and she spun and dyed this for me. Aww!


a hand-spun hand-dyed gift


Sock Stash #10 – hand spun and dyed wool, purple

My mentor teacher from Maine spun and dyed this one for me, too!


Cascade 220


Sock Stash #11 – Cascade 220

I bought this stuff out of the “orphans” basket at Fiberphilia in 2007. I intended to make socks out of it, and still do, but I’ve started and frogged a few other projects with it in between.


self-striping sock kit dyed for me as a gift


Sock Stash #12 – hand dyed wool, multi

Another hand-dyed gift from my mentor teacher in Maine. She used one of the self-striping kits from Knit Picks and went to town with the dye! It’s a crazy hodge-podge of color and I love it!



Sock Stash #13 – Opal

I bought this yarn at the Yard Goods Center in Waterville, ME back in 2007. I just cast on a pair of socks with it out of the Nancy Bush book, Knitting Vintage Socks.

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So that’s the sock yarn stash! I’ll be knitting exclusively from the stash this year to whittle down the collection.

I also have a book goal but I’ll be writing about that on Sunday.

What are you working on this year? What ideas do you have to use what you have and save money? What are  your productivity goals?


6 responses to “Knit the Stash 2011: the Sock Yarn

  1. LittleWit February 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

    If you haven’t decided on a pattern for the Jawoll I think Skew from Winter 09 Knitty looks brilliant in wide stripes. That’s actually on my list to knit this month as soon as I actually sit down and get my swatch done. 🙂

    My goals for this year are 6 sweaters, 1 pair of socks for the boy and 6 mittens/socks projects. Plus umm 2 quilts, 1 or 2 quilt tops and several sewn garments. We’ll see if I can actually get it all done. I am knitting most of the sweaters from yarn I already had in the stash, plus some that I bought for myself for my birthday. All the socks will come out of stash yarn. Honestly it won’t be hard, the stash is umm large and then fiber stash…well yes that’s even larger.

    I did finish sweater number 1 in January. For some reason though I am just terribly behind for February. Fortunately I can make it so that I have 2 hrs of knitting time everyday before work, that really helps me make a lot of progress.

    • Jen February 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Woah! I just looked at the Skew pattern. I love it! Thanks for the suggestion. I think the Jawoll will look fantastic in that pattern. 🙂

      Good luck with your goals! I can’t wait to read about your progress on your blog.

  2. Michelle Glauser February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    That grass is a nice color. I also had to tell you that the “Jawoll” is a play on words in German! “Jawohl” means something like “of course,” and with the change to two Ls it implies wool. Isn’t that awesome? Anyway, happy Saturday.

    • Jen February 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      I had no idea that it was a play on words, but it makes sense! It is from a German company, after all! I love that skein even more now that I know about it! =)

      And thanks for the email with the gluten-free recipes; I can’t wait to try them!

  3. Hege February 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Lots of great sock yarn you’v got there. I love the first one!

    • Jen February 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you, Hege! I love it, too, especially after Michelle taught me what the name in German means (see her comment above). The colors are intoxicating and it’ll look thrilling in the pattern LittleWit recommended.

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