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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Suck Yarn

Avoid this post if obscene language gives you the vapors.

I finished my first pair of socks. I started them this summer, and figured out the heel on my own with a little online tutorial, Socks 101 (Google it-it rules!). I love the color and pattern, but the yarn sucks ass. Seriouly. It's Knitpicks Essential sock yarn. Suck yarn, really.

- SPLITTY. Loosely spun. I am currently working on Jaywalkers in Lorna's Laces shepherd sock, and that is spun SO much tighter than this bargain basement crap from Knitpicks.

- Socks don't hold their elasticity. They slouch like I'm in junior high after just one wearing. Go 1989!

- Pilled like crazy after one washing. Socks look like shit.

- Did I mention it sucks?

In this image, I am BARELY puling on the sock and it is looser than a cheerleader on prom night. (I was a cheerleader, so before I get a bunch of comments, chill out and get a sense of humor!)

I used a Knitpicks pattern. I even added extra ribbing at the top of the cuff. Compare these assy socks with the Jaywalkers:

Price Difference?
LL: $10 a skien
KP: $3 a skien
Not having your many hours of work turn into crap after one wash and wear? Priceless!
$14 I'd gladly have spent on better yarn so all my hard work didn't go down the tubes!


Lorna's Laces is like the shiny, beautiful hair on Pantene models, and Knitpicks Essential is like the fried hair on the girl who sat in front of you in study hall who had too many perms and bleachings. Known for being cheap.

Another (albeit blurry) view of the beautiful Jaywalkers.

Wave that shiny mane in her face, girl!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Scarf update

Well, I'm back in graduate school, so I have been a delinquent blogger, and I probably won't be blogging as often-what little free time I have, I'd rather be knitting than blogging. But, I do like posting my projects, so here's an update on the Irish Hiking Scarf.

That's Ginger, my knitting supervisor.

Tape Inspection.

It will be done in time for winter wearing. And we do get a winter here in Albuquerque-not the coldest, but still chilly.