A sock is emerging
Another sock is emerging:
I'm knitting a sample pair of socks for Twisted Yarns from the much-hyped Noro Kureyon sock yarn:
Obviously, I love it -- otherwise I wouldn't have made much progress (if any at all) on yarn that I just acquired yesterday.
So if you're intrigued and you're wanting to know how it knits up and what it feels like, I have to caution that you will need to release any expectation that it will be any different than knitting with Kureyon. It is not soft to the touch, but it's not unpleasant either. And it's very much a thinner version of Kureyon, which I happen to already love. If you don't love knitting with Kureyon, you won't love knitting with the sock yarn. If you see it at your yarn shop and you love the color but hesitate due to the way it feels to the touch -- please try it anyway. I've tried on my sock-in-progress and I think it feels MUCH softer on my feet than I thought it would.
For those of you wondering how I've fared on my stash release goals, I am feeling good about what I've done so far. And I realized that I don't regret a single yarn purchase or acquisition in 2007. Nearly everything I want to release was acquired between 2004 and 2006 -- before I really knew what I most enjoyed knitting. So for 2008 -- more Noro (Cashmere Island, Kureyon, Silk Garden, Iro, Kochoran), more Malabrigo (lace and worsted) and more yarns from independent sources -- that is, hand-dyers and spinners. And 2008 won't see me taking up spinning, but I will try more designing. Of course I'll keep knitting socks and will try to finish more of what I begin. And I'll make lots of pom poms.