When Yarn companies and big box craft stores work together to make you spend more money?
Not that long ago, big box craft stores carried a few lines of a few companies, and 90% of the stock was synthetic...
Now, the price of these yarns are going up (many of them are made from petroleum by products) there are companies renowned for 'plastic yarn' who are now selling wools again!
Coats & Clark's, for one.
The first hat I ever knit was a 2 X 2 ribbed 'watch cap'--in grey Red Heart wool. I gave it to my father, and he, being the mensch he is, wore it.
Now, I find I can go into ACMoore, or Michaels or JoAnnes, (the 3 big chains that have stores in the NY/LI area) and find several different wools, (or bamboos, or linens, or evens blends with silk!) or nice wool and wool blend sock yarns like these Patons yarns!
Sock Yarn is what jumped out and grabbed me--not just the Coats & Clark's sock yarn, but Patons sock yarns too!
First the Heart and Sole.. a yarn I want to love... but....
It comes in a nice range of colors, and in plain stripes or stripes with mock fair isle.
It's a smooth, not too splitty yarn,--70/30 split of wool and nylon, with a really wonderful hand.
I think it's the aloe—but it's a pleasure to knit... it jumps happily from needle to needle, and the socks grow by leaps and bounds.
BUT....(why is there a but? Don't you just hate that there is a but?)
The stripes... well they are near stripes..
I am working on the recommended for socks size 2 (2.75mm) needle, and getting 9 stitches to the inch (I think I could have used a 1.5 needle (2.5mm) or even a 1, (2.25mm) and gotten a firmer fabric, but the size 2 needles work well enough)
And I am working in 1 X 1 ribbing –which, I KNOW, uses more yarn per stitch than stocking knit...but with a 60 stitch sock, I am not getting complete rounds of stripe.. And I'm not just a stitch or 2 short.. but a quarter of round short!
Now I am at the foot, and have reduced the stitch count to 56, and half the stitches are stocking knit, and I am still not getting full rounds with some colors--you can see what I mean in the photo--there are T pins near
each several of the incomplete stripes
I don't think my granddaughter is going to care, (I do!) so these will be her socks..
They are pretty simple socks.. but she's requested socks with a pocket.. so I have to plan (and knit) a sock pocket--I think I'll just pick up some stitches from the fancy cast on (not that fancy really, just long tail variation and make a pocket of some sort--since she wasn't that specific!
More photo's soon, (I've finished the leg, knit the flap, turned the heel and worked the gusset since this photo was taken!)