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So, here is the loot I've collected over the past few weeks, as well as some stuff I already had. Some may be crappity crap crap, and some is really nice quality stuff (most of the yarn, especially!).
I'll start with the stuff I got today at a yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, called Twisted. I always feel embarrassed walking into a shop because I'm basically saying "I don't know what the heck I'm doing, but here is what I think I may be looking for," then proceed to ask a bunch of questions... However, the two women working in the shop were really nice and I didn't feel like they were annoyed with my questions, which was good.
The green yarn is "Piquant Lite" by Hazel Knits, and the color is called Euphorbia. It is 90% superwash merino/10%nylon.
The orange yarn is "Entice," also by Hazel Knits, and the color is called Carnelian. It is 70% superwash merino/10%nylon/20%cashmere.
The little bee stitch & butterfly markers, and the Queen Bee measure tape are by Lantern Moon, and the shawl pin was made by a Portland company called Plover Designs.
Aren't those stitch markers
which I have NO CLUE how to use adorable!!!???
And the Queen Bee measure tape (black tab on the side is where you pull the tape from)!!
I have a small addiction for "bee" stuff - my family nickname is "Bea," but I still associate it with "bee," although I know that is absurd. Oh well, I still like fun bee stuff (not "junk")!
This just shows different lighting on the yarn. I will save these to make socks!
On 2/14/2013, I went to Seattle with DH to shop while he had a work luncheon and meeting. I had to check out Bad Woman Yarn, solely for the name! It just sounds sassy - in a fun way, and I love that.
This next photo shows the two skeins of yarn (same color, although they look different) and the needles I bought at this shop. The owner of the shop let me know that I would NOT be making socks as my first knitting project, but that I would be making a scarf. Oh really?!?!?? haha! Talk about sassy! However, she's the expert, so I agreed and bought two 100g skeins so that I could make a larger project.
The yarn is Rios, by Malabrigo, and the color is "archangel." It's "pure" merino superwash. Just gorgeous! I hope it's not going to be itchy, but it feels really soft to the fingers.
I love the description found on the tag: "Rio means "river" in Spanish. Malabrigo Rios is named after the four major rivers in Uruguay: Rio Cuareim, Rio Uraguay, Rio del la Plata, and Rio Negro. Each river is represented by one ply. These plies twist together like winding rivers. Rios also signifies the yarn's washability; for millennia, rivers have provided water for washing garments."
Oh, and those are "Ka" bamboo knitting needles. I know next to nothing about knitting, but I can still say these needles feel good in the hands.
I went to Creative Beginnings on 2/16/2013. They're located in Seaside, Oregon and have a variety of crafty goods - beads & yarn seem to be the main themes, though. I bought these two gorgeous Noro yarns there.
This is Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn in color #304. It is 40% lambs wool/25% silk/25%nylon/10%kid mohair. The second photo shows some more of the colors that you see in the middle of the skein. You can also see little tiny bits of white wire-y "hairs" sticking out of the yarn. I have no idea what this is - the silk? The mohair?
This is just some random needle stuff that I already had (sans the 2 packets of short & tiny bamboo needles. Those are new). This is my knitting needle "stash." I've had most of this stuff for many many years. Maybe I'll finally be using it.
My friend Melissa gave me this book, Stitch 'N Bitch - by Debbie Stoller about a month ago. I haven't used it quite yet, but it looks to be very nicely written and easy to follow. I will definitely be using it in the near future!
This is just some cheap inexpensive Heart & Sole yarn by Red Heart. The color, #3965, is Razzle Dazzle. It is another that is 70% super wash and 30% nylon. I love the color and each 50g skein will make one sock. I know I have a lot to learn, but I wonder what the difference is between this "cheap" 70:30 blend yarn, and the 70:30 Noro that is 2x as expensive (per 100g)?
I don't have a photo, but I ordered a All-n-One loom to try. I think it will be much easier to learn the basics of knitting on a loom, vs. on needles. That should arrive probably later this week. I can't wait!
I look forward to making socks in the future - both for DH and myself!