Jean Murdoch

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Cascade versus Knit Picks

So the question I had was the comparing of Cascade Sock Yarn versus Knit Pick Stroll Yarns. It took a little while for me to get to knitting a pair of socks using the Cascade Heritage Yarn. I had heard alot about it and there were many colors that were available, So I knitted a pair of socks using Cascade and had these thoughts about the yarn versus Knit Picks Stroll Sock yarns.

Both are machine washable superwash yarns, blends of 75% Merino and 25% Nylon. I loved that Cascade was one skein of 437 yds which was enough for a pair of socks (I like just having one continuous strand of yarn) and loved the colors available. Where as Knit Picks Stroll was 231 yds per skein so you had to purchase 2 skeins (462 yds) and the color selection of Knit Picks is not really as extensive as Cascades. Prices were wide apart as the Cacade was $11.95 for one skein (without shipping) and Knit picks was $3.49 a skein or $6.98 for 2 skeins (without shipping).

As far as the feel of the finished socks I was surprised to see that I thought the Knit Picks was pleasantly softer and smoother to the touch and had a nice bounce to the finish sock. The Cascade sock seem not as soft. That was a surprise but they both are easy to knit with. Again I really liked the array of colors that Cascade offers but if you catch Knit Pick as the seasons change they seem to offer different colors...just not as many. For the price...I guess I'll continue to use Knit Picks for Etsy socks but if I had a few extra bucks will go back to Lorna Laces (my absolute favorite when I can afford it).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


So what is going on...well so immerse in NCAA Women's Basketball these days...UCONN is rolling along and next game is on Sunday agains Iowa State. Should be a better game than the last ones. At least a bit more competitive. UCONN is just squashing the opponents...Also did finish a pair of mitts sent to a woman in Louisiana and finishing a pair of Cable Ribs in Pink. Going back again to the basic and love the Cable Rib. But need to add a spark to the Etsy Site. My goal this year was to sell 12 items. I think I can do that but still trying to figure out pricing and what is comfortable for me to sell. Thoroughly enjoy Etsy as it is really a great way to fund your hobbies.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Clog Socks again...

Well decided to do pair of white heart clog socks with pink hearts. Actually am almost done and will post picture by end of week. Did get another order for a pair of Cuffed Fingerless Mitts in Brown. So ordered the yarn and will start on that order by tomorrow I think.

Also got a couple of inquiries about the Cross Pattern Sock pattern. (The pair shown here I call Neopolitan, Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla...get it?) Interesting that that pattern has been requested a few times now and wish I could figure out how to put it on Ravelry so I don't have to send the pdfs out myself. I'll have to figure that out sometime. In the is a beautiful day here in CT and no snow in the forcast. Ah Spring!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Next to do...

So today I have been thinking what sock to do next. I think that I might just do another pair of the lacey white socks but not sure. I do love the pattern and would like to get another pair of white socks in the shop. I also have to do a pair for my daughter who wanted a pair of basket weaves. That is a pretty sock too. My mind just keeps swimming...there are so many ideas I have but always end up with just the basic socks that I enjoy most. Cables and that almost Argyle was nice. Well, I guess for now it is off to do a pair of white lacey. I'll have to time myself on these...actually not sure how long it takes to knit a pair as I usually knit only in the evenings....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy to say that the Lacy White Socks sold today. They were on the Etsy site for a long time but Dan photographed them using my new foot form and they sold in a weeks time. I guess maybe it was a good investment to purchase the foot form. Hurray!


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