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Confessions of a Sockaholic

Okay…so I am very excited because my city has a new yarn store. Well, maybe not new, but I just discovered it and I am overjoyed! It doesn’t take much to get me excited about more yarn. 🙂

If you are visiting Peterborough, Ontario, please do check out Needles in the Hay yarn shop. So, as you can imagine, I bought just a bit of new yarn on my first visit. I confess that I am a bit of a yarn hoarder, but I just can’t resist it when I put my hand on a wonderful sock yarn that feels so soft and it is just calling to me to knit it up.

This year I have set myself the challenge of designing at least one new pair of socks per month. My first pair is in the works.

garter-rib-socks-pattern

This is such a nice sock yarn. It is the new Ultra Alpaca Fine from Berroco in Redwood colour. It has such a nice heather quality that is very rich looking and so soft to the touch. My feet are just itching for them to be finished. I am designing a basic toe-up sock pattern in a variation of the garter rib stitch. Stay tuned for the pattern to be posted soon.

Also on my needles is a new baby knitted t-shirt and beanie.

knit baby t-shirt and beanie patternI am using the Vestee baby pattern from knitty.com but using a finer yarn and making adjustments for a smaller size. The wool I am using is Louet 100% merino superwash in the Lilypad colour.

I adore knitting for babies and am so happy I now have a new grand baby coming to knit for (not that I particularly need an excuse to knit LOL)

Are you a sockaholic too? Care to share you favorite sock patterns? Leave a comment with a link to your most-loved socks.

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Great Yarn Finds – Discount Luxury Yarn

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get tired of using the same old yarn for every project. I love the unusual and I love trying new things. The trouble is that once you have sampled most of the yarns available at your local yarn or craft shop there isn’t much else to do but start looking online.

I have found a yarn company in Turkey….yup. Turkey LOL I buy from them on eBay and I absolutely love their wool. The first time I bought from them I kind of expected to get lower quality product and have to wait for at least a month for delivery. I was truly delighted when my package arrived within 10 days and the yarn was beautiful.

I have since then placed many, many orders. Everyone a true delight to receive and very unique. The price is what first caught my attention. REALLY CHEAP! I especially pay attention to their mixed lots whenever they are available. I can scoop up 100g balls of yarn for$0.50 or less sometimes. They generally sell their mixed lots in packages of 20-40 skeins for about $20 plus shipping. Even with the shipping From Turkey it is a huge savings and the yarn is so unique. The uniqueness is what draws me back to order time and time again.

Here are just a few of the yarns they offer. Everything from cashmere to silk to sock yarn. Baby yarn to eyelash and metallic. Trust me. You will love them too!