Been on a bit of a stash binge recently. Let’s start with my favorite new acquisition. Expression Fiber Arts Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Fingering in the colorway Stardust. Isn’t that gorgeous? It’s soft and silky and soooo luxurious. I bought this with no idea what to do with it; I saw it on Facebook and it yelled at me really really loudly so I had to have it. With two skeins totaling 1100 yards, though, I imagine it will become a cardigan or maybe a lacy tunic-length top.
This was another yarn I saw on Facebook and had to have. It’s from OnTheRound, Everyday Fingering in colorway Robin’s Egg. My photo doesn’t do justice to the colorway, so click the link to see a better representation. Although I love the colorway, I was initially a little disappointed in the yarn itself. After the smooth silkiness of the Expression Fiber Arts skeins, it seemed a little rough, but after a while I realized that it’s no more rough than any other 100% merino fingering with a really tight twist. So it will make sturdy socks or (given that I have 850 yards) a long-wearing and warm cropped or lacy cardigan.
While I was on the website for OnTheRound, I ran across this other colorway of the same yarn, Speckled Time Travelers. Again, my photo is crap, so click through the link for the dyer’s photos. This skein will most likely become socks.
Finally, some yarn I acquired sort of by default. A friend wanted me to help her knit some brain hats for one of her friends and his daughter who are attending the March for Science on April 22. I made the hat in just a few hours and then considered the best option for the yards and yards of I-cord required. Michaels (or was it Jo-Ann?) had an Embellish-Knit I-cord maker on clearance, so I scooped it up and tried it out. The results were, um, non-existent. This yarn, Trendsetters’ Forzetta (colorway, Ashes of Roses), is a single-ply worsted, and the little hooks in the I-cord maker just tore it apart. Next I tried a gray acrylic plied worsted I had in stash, but that yarn was too big for the I-cord maker to work properly. (Apparently, it’s best with DK or smaller yarns.) With time running out, I told my friend there was no way I could get this hat done before the march if I had to make the I-cord the slow way. She said she was having the same trouble; thus, we bagged the project, and she told me to keep the yarn for my trouble. With about 3 1/2 skeins left (roughly 500 yds — more if I frog the already finished but ugly hat), I figure it will become a warm winter set with a scarf, hat, and mitts.