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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sock Yarn for Stash Enhancement

You can tell a lot about a knitter by looking at their stash. It is a window into some of the hopes and dreams of the knitter. It brings a measure of satisfaction and inspiration. It can serve as a list of the many special people the knitter is thinking about and who will soon (hopefully) benefit from a perfect knitted gift. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee even describes a stash in her book "Casts Offs, The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting" as "It's like a personalized yarn shop right in your house. (That's a goal, not a problem.)"

Yet, with all the obvious positives of a large yarn stash, many knitters fear that their stash may grow out of control. Over and over we hear dedicated knitters comment "so much yarn and so little time". One solution that is often advised for those with such a fear, is to just purchase sock yarn for your stash. You can buy a single ball at a time and indulge yourself in the amazing colours and luxurious fibres that are available, without taking up huge amounts of space or breaking the family budget.

Serenity Knits has recently brought in more sock yarn to safely supplement your stash. On the left is Araucania's Ranco, a fingering weight yarn of 75% wool and 25% polyamide. It is hand painted in Chile using natural dyes and is available in both beautiful variegated colourways and semi-solid colours.

On the right are our new colours of Colinette's Jitterbug. It contains 100% machine washable merino. This yarn has great stitch definition and is perfect for lace, cables, and other stitch patterns. It is lovely knit into summer tops and shawls as well as traditional socks.

You can add a little excitement to your stash and always be prepared - the summer is full of knitting opportunities.

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