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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?


Knitting News

The last month has been a mad rush of getting school work done. I have barely knit a stitch since my vacation to Florida at the end of December. I have been adding a few rows here and there to the Irish Wool Sharfik, a few rows to the moss stitched scarf for my BIL, and I’ve poked around in my stash and dreamed of future projects. My queue on Ravelry has grown exponentially in the last few weeks.

Remember the green sweater in Peace Fleece I was working on this summer? Well, the body is done. I simply need to put on the button and neck bands. When will it get done? Probably this coming summer at this rate. Just in time for next fall. The current hold up is lack of appropriately sized needles. I need a 32″ or longer size 4 circular needle. I’m currently plotting the acquisition of Knit Picks Options Needles to solve such problems now and in the future.

I’m also at a gridlock with the lacy shrug in Plymouth Royal Bamboo because I simply don’t have the time to sit down and practice the (simple) lace stitch. I tried it during my vacation in December and couldn’t seem to figure it out. That and I wasn’t exactly feeling patient then, either. I have a week off coming up soon in February. I hope to finish the green sweater then, and work on the lace pattern, too.

In the meantime, I looked through my stash today and found that it’s in decent shape. I don’t have a lot in there that isn’t being worked, or planned to be worked. Except some handspun hand-dyed wool that my fiance’s grandmother created. It’s beautiful and in sandy gold tones. Unfortunately, I’m not into sandy gold tones so I’ve had a hard time envisioning it in a project. As soon as I get my card reader from the boy, I’ll take pictures and solicit project ideas.

I also have several skeins of Knit Picks Merino Style left. I’m plotting a project for them, something in the way of mittens and a neck warmer to go with the fair isle hat I knit during my vacation. My only concern is dipping into color overload, so the neck warmer may end up being done in one or two of the more muted colors. But the mittens, I’m going to go all out on! Details will follow when I figure it out.

Also, I’m feeling conflicted over a few items in my stash. I have a few full or partial skeins of Lambs Pride that I simply don’t know what to do with. I worked with this wool when I first began knitting “real” projects a few years ago and picked this batch up a few months ago for a felting project. I ended up needing far less than I thought and now I’m stuck. I don’t want to use it, I don’t want to throw it out, and I don’t have any knitter friends in the area that are interested in it. I’m considering knitting it up, felting it and . . . giving it as a gift? Who knows. I’ll figure it out soon enough.

I also have a few pairs of socks and mittens waiting in the stash, too. Someday they’ll be knit up.