New Yarn!

Last week I stumbled upon a sale on yarn.com (WEBS). Lately, I have been trying to be on a budget. However, the prices were too good! I like WEBS as they have a good selection of affordable yarn and they ship super fast. I ordered last Thursday and my goodies were in my mailbox yesterday! Here is what I got:

 
 Valley Yarns Huntington in Light Grey Heather, Bluestone, and Sunset ($4.79). This yarn is a merino wool/ nylon blend and quite soft to touch. I thought the Sunset color would be a little more orangey. In any case, it blends with the other colors just fine.

 I also got 7 skiens of Cascade 220 sport ($4.75!)  in Blue Velvet and Primaverra. This yarn is intended for On The Blue a simple pullover by Isabell Kraemer. I am in need of some sweaters so hopefully the yarn and pattern gel together into a beautiful creationūüėä. 

Anything arrive in your mailbox lately?

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Business As Usual

The highlight of the week has to be my new needles arriving. I ordered a¬†47″ fixed circular needles (US size 1) from Knit Picks¬†last week and they arrived on Tuesday. I selected these specifically to make socks two-at-a-time. If you haven’t heard of or gone on the Knit Picks website you need to get there ASAP (plus there is a sale going on!). I like the affordable needles and other tools they offer. Nothing beats knitting needles for around $5 a set.

My first two-at-a-time endeavor will be…¬†the ¬†Business Casual Socks¬†by Tanis Lavallee. It has been in my queue for awhile.¬†I got out my leftover Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn (in Mustard) and got to work. The pattern calls for DPNs, but I really don’t like using them. So I decided to try¬†Two-at-a-Time Magic loop.The guide on¬†Jimmy Beans Wool¬†has a video and written instructions. I¬†love that internet videos are so readily available for all things knitting (yay technology!), but sometimes videos confuse me. ¬†The added¬†visual support of written instructions is super nice. This¬†method was a little tricky. It took me about 30 minutes to get my socks cast-on and to complete one row. I think the tricky part was managing the rather long circular needle. Since you are using two balls of yarn and the longer circular, things can get quite tangled. However, I got myself straightened out and now I have almost the whole cuff completed!

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I can’t wait to see how these socks come out. Check back for progress!