Yarn is the one thing I will allow to collect in my craft stash. I've been knitting through my queue on Ravelry, mostly the socks and I've recently fallen pretty hard for The Loopy Ewe, a yarn shop with a serious love for sock yarns. While drooling over this site, I made a wish list for the yarns I want to use for some of my favourite patterns. Loooooove all of this yarn! The woman behind the shop keeps up her blog, here!
This yarn is from Alchemy Yarns of Transformation, there are two kinds, the Juniper Colorways and the Juniper Elements. This beautiful pinky colour is Rosita, one of the colorways. I want to use this for Bintje-Socks, by Jatta Saukko. It's $16/skein and at 232 yards, I'd need two and a bit for these knee highs. I also need to find a cute ribbon for them.
I think this blue yarn from Wool Candy's Meringue Merino would be so pretty knit up as these Herringbone Rib socks by Kristi Schueler. This colour is called Icicle, and though I'm sure the herringbone would look lovely in any of the 11 colours, I love this light blue the most and at 400 yards, I'll only need one of these $25 skeins for these socks.
Needle Food is a such a great name for a yarn company! This is from their 80/20 collection(80% merino wool, 20% nylon). At $24 per 384 yard skein, this yarn is a perfect fit for these adorable Marigold Socks by Pamela Wynne, that are just 370 yards!
I should note that I want every colorway of this amazing yarn. The company is called Spud and Chloe, the yarn is Spud and Chloe Fine, and there are 20 beautiful colours. I think given the name, the best yarn for these Vinnland Socks by Becca Compton is this one, Lizard. Each skein is 248 yards, but at $12 it's not a big deal to get two for these socks.
Lorna's Laces was the very first sock yarn I fell in love with and it's been one of my favourites ever since. The Shepherd Sock is my most loved of this brand and this colour, Bold Red, is exactly what I want to use for these Scrolls Socks by Charlene Schurch. Each skein is 215 yards, at $11.50 so for this pattern I'd need 2 skeins.
This brown isn't so dark that the pattern is lost, but isn't so bright that you can knit it up for a guy and he'll actually wear them! It's called That Old Chestnut from Dragonfly Fibers' Dragonsock collection. At $25 per skein, it's nice that there are 390 yards, enough to make Absinthe by Sara Morris, a sock that's been in my queue since August of 2009, waiting for exactly the right almost-solid yarn.
I have wanted to knit up Uptown Girl socks by Brenda Patipa for a good friends of mine for almost two years and she loves blues and greens. This yarn from Sweet Paprika's Vivace (Fingering) has 230 yards per skien and is $11.50 each. This pattern says I'll need between 400-460 yards so I should be safe if I go with two. The colour....oh the colour, she'll love it, it's called Early Morning Rain.
Before I knit any of Cookie A's socks, I need a deep breath and maybe to read the pattern 4 or 5 times before I start. They are always challenging - and always beautiful. So when I fell in love with these, the Ellington Socks, and read that this pattern suggests Malabrigo sock yarn, who am I to argue? I love knitting with Malabrigo! The yarn pictured is Malabrigo Sock in Lettuce. Pattern calls for between 400-450 yards and each $18.25 skein has 440 so I'll order one and take my chances.
Is it sad to talk about Wendy Johnson's Summer 2008 Socks in the spring of 2011? I adore them and they've been on my to do since last fall. This yarn is so bold I think it'll be perfect as this pattern. The company is called Sweet Georgia, the yarn is Tough Love Sock and this amazing, almost blinding colour, is called SWG - T Hard Candy. It's $23.75 for 425 yards, and the pattern calls for somewhere less than 420 yards!
This last pattern, Cable Detail Socks is one I've put off literally for years because I love, love, love it (actually I love almost every sock pattern in this Paton's book), and I don't want to ruin it. I've done enough struggling with cables in the last two years to know I can handle this now. There are so many beautiful colourways but this sort of cabeling I think deserves a solid to really show off. I have loved Cascade for sweaters and the like, but this sock yarn is a great match for this pattern. Each skein is $12 and has 437 yards, the pattern calls for alnost 500 yards, and buying two will leave me with enough left over for a pair of toddler socks!
I can hardly wait to knit some of these up finally! This shopping cart is $267 before shipping, but since I can't knit it all at once, I don't need to buy it all at once!