Stop, Drop, and Spin!

Today’s post title is brought to you by the fact that I am ON FIRE! Why, you might ask? (I’ll pretend you did.)

BAM!! Lookit that!

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That is two skeins of lovely matching(ish) watermelon sock yarn. I spun them! And they came out exactly how I wanted! (insert massive amounts of shock here) They’re superwash merino, so easy to care for! Well, they will be once they are actually socks. The colors are bright and beautiful, and I love how they actually look like little watermelons. I am so happy with these!

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This is 100% superwash merino from Mad Color Fiber Arts, in the Whattamelon colorway. It’s so fun! Seriously so many of their colors are drool-worthy. I tore the fiber in half in the center, which gave me two roughly equal amounts of fiber with an identical color progression because of the clever way that Heather dyes her fiber. For those of you who don’t remember or haven’t been around for a bit, I started with this:

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I ended up with about 400 yards of heavy fingering to sport weight yarn. (And there’s only about 10 yards difference between the skeins! yay!) Now I have to ask for help for all you experienced spinners who actually knit with your handspun. I want to make sure that I get socks that fit, as well as making them as durable as possible. I did as much as I could for durability by spinning them with a pretty tight twist, but I’m happy to hear any additional tips on that. As far as fit goes, I’m thinking of doing two at a time, toe up plain vanilla socks, so I can try them on as I go. I’m probably just going to fly by the seat of my pants (how unusual.) so feel free to share any pitfalls that need to be avoided.

(and one more picture because I am shamelessly besotted with this yarn.)

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12 Comments

  1. projectstash

    Truly fantastic!! Can’t wait to see these beauties knit up.

  2. Great job, they are just wonderful!

  3. Beautiful!

  4. I’m working on my first 2-at-a-time socks on handspun right now too! I also over-plied mine for durabilty, and I’m knitting them on extra-small needles (size 0) to make sure they are tight enough, but now I’m wondering if they are going to be too tight. I think my yarn turned out about the same weight as yours… what size needle are you going to use?

    • I think I’m also going with size 0! That’s my normal sock needle. We’ll see if I change my tune after I start knitting :P

  5. THIS YARN IS SO BEAUTIFUL (that it definitely warrants capslock). wow, i never thought anything could induce me to want to knit socks, but this does. i can’t wait to see the product!!

  6. Your besottedness is well-deserved. That is fabulous yarn. Can’t wait to see it morph into socks!

  7. needleandspindle

    It sounds like you have got it covered: high twist, tight gauge and toe up. They are going to be marvellous, true marvels.

  8. Just gorgeous! I love it!
    What about doing an afterthought heel so the heel flap doesn’t mess with the colour progression? And bonus,mif it wears out,newsy to replace for longer lasting socks. And toe up is awesome so you can use every last meter. Suzy’s super stretchy bind off it my go to sock bind off for toe up socks, it’s really stretchy!
    I cannot wait to see these socks. If you ever think of selling some of your spinning, I’d be first in line for dome watermelon wool!

  9. Watermelon yarn! It looks lovely :) I can’t wait to see the socks you make in it.

  10. I got one word for you: YUM!!

  11. Awesome Colors!

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