OMG Meme-ing on a craft blog, whatever will they think of next

My darling nett’s new blog is super pretty, but the first thing i found was a meme.

which of course i have to do.

from Nett: “Whilst clicking about on Ravelry, I came across a cute Popular Yarns Meme, which was supposedly started onFeather & Fan, but the original link is now gone, the original was for the top 50 yarns, but its SO HARD to keep that kind of list up to date, so I’ve snipped it to the top 25… ;) ”

And I’ve made it 30

Out of the top 50 30 yarns on Ravelry (by number of projects):
Bold the ones you’ve used and would use again,
Cross out the ones you’ve used and would not use again,
and italicize the ones you’ve never tried, but would like to.
Add comments as desired, and tag 5 knitters/crocheters if desired…

  1. Cascade 220 Wool, 77175 projects
  2. Red Heart Ltd. Super Saver Solids, 69193 projects
  3. Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 68303 projects  – love mal – so soft and smooooshy
  4. Caron Simply Soft, 61741 projects
  5. Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid, 55009 projects
  6.  Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids and Heathers, 47902 projects
  7. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid, 41830 projects
  8. Patons Classic Wool Merino, 41593 projects
  9. Noro Kureyon, 32396 projects
  10. Cascade 220 Heathers, 30573 projects
  11. Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 28934 projects
  12. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, 28644projects
  13. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 28175 projects
  14. Noro Silk Garden, 27639 projects
  15. Lion Brand Homespun, 26665 projects
  16. Patons Classic Wool, 25404 projects
  17. Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Solids, 25279 projects
  18. Cascade 220 Superwash, 25239 projects
  19. Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints, 25209 projects
  20. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, 24366 projects
  21. Plymouth Encore Worsted, 23322 projects
  22. Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc Peaches & Creme Ombres, 20388 projects
  23. Malabrigo Sock, 19529 projects
  24. Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 19238 projects
  25. Knit Picks Pallette, 19151 projects
  26. Koigu PPPM, 18834 projects
  27. Blue Moon Fibre Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight, 18829 projects
  28. Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Bulky, 18459 projects
  29. Berocco Ultra Alpaca, 17936 projects
  30. Red Heart Super Savers Ombres/Multis, 16699 projects
It’s interesting, most of the yarns i haven’t tried i have absolutely no desire to touch whatsoever 🙂
I promised a photo though, so here’s a collage of projects using the yarns above...

sOctober Disaster!!

So, I cheated a little on my pre-packaged self-imposed Sock a month thinger that i’ve been doing this year and swapped out a random pre-matched pattern and yarn (only 3 left) for my first wollmeise socks, beautiful colourwork Wallflowers (rav link here) in Stella Polaris and an undyed cashmere blend from Wired 4 Fibre.

My Hubris has been my downfall.

I never do tension for socks. I pretty much look at the needle in the pattern, the needle on the sock band and decide between (usually) a 2.25 or a 2.5. I’ve never had a problem (ok, my skews could probably afford to be on a 2.5, but honestly they’re never going to be easy for me to put on just because of my heel/bridge shape)

Until now.

So, i started, enjoying the complexity of the pattern, the softness of the cashmere, the colour of the wm and  my new way of tensioning. i’ve abandonned 2 handed – it looks cool but doesn’t really make me happy. I’m holding both yarns in my right hand as i normally do and using my forefingers to switch between the two. It’s a little bit quicker for me too and my floats are tight, but not too tight and very even.

I happily knit away on the recommended 2mms, working the heel – my first point of concern – the point at which i should have maybe at least tried the sock ON, especially given i’m looking at that heel and looking at my pointy heeled, high arched foot and thinking, hmmm – doing short rows (MAGIC!) and getting a whole nother repeat of the pattern done.

I am 1/2 an inch from starting the toe. so like maybe 6 more rounds… and i finally try it on.


at all.

on either foot.


I thought i would cry, but interestingly enough i didn’t I think shock set in instead. I calmly decided that yes i would frog and reknit, since the people i love enough in this world to give a colourwork sock to do not have tiny skinny feet, or low insteps. and also, I totally want to wear these in the UK next year what with their double layer warmth, cashmere and general prettiness

So I took the needles out and prepared to frog. Before i completely frogged i did a little tension measure, just to see.

Well, blow me down if i wasn’t getting 40 stitches (and this is after i’ve stretched the sock significantly trying to get it over my heel) instead of the 36 i’m meant to be getting.


So I ummed and ahhed about whether to try 2.25s or 2.5s, but the answer was given me by a weird spillage of needles in another room which meant when i went to grab my 2.25s there were only 2.5s to be had. I saw it as a sign and started knitting.

An episode of Law and Order UK and one of QI Uncut later and i have

And it fits 🙂 i’m getting the tension given when i smooth out the slight colourwork puckering (it’s the sort that will block out no trouble at all but just makes the unblocked thing look a bit bumpy) and while it is still a bit of a squish over the heel i did get it on.

Now though, I’m wondering what to do about this heel. I feel I should start it earlier and make it deeper? ie spread out the increases over more rows? thoughts? has anyone done this pattern?

So. my socks are back on track, but for anyone good at maths they will see that a sock i cast on on the 1st of october had not yet been finished and is now being reknitted and socks, in general, do like to come in pairs. This means that unless i completely abandon ALL other projects i’m working on at the moment (ha, like that’s going to happen, especially when one of them is Sylvi which is like, whe-hey instant results!) these will not be finished in time for november

The lovely K at Knitting Pretty suggested I make a pair of socks for lilah (which i amended to a pair of baby socks, since lilah does not like to wear socks and also has 4 feet) before oct is over to stay with my ‘socks each month’ challenge. I had been thinking of using some of my NEVER ENDING BALL Of Wanda (sknitches cinema sock club yarn used in the fish socks) to make some baby socks for ALL THE BABIES i know. So, my dear knitters? tell me, does this preserve my sock – a- month (and i have indeed completed a pair of socks every month this year – one was 4 days late, but otherwise on time) or is it just a token effort?

I also have to bear in mind that during November i will have to get cracking on a super special secret project for some very special people as i now have a date i intend to present them with this… well, present!

Please contribute your 2 cents (or dollars?) worth. would love advice and also, comments are nice!

Next post will have LOTS more pictures, of yarn and FOs, i promise!


ETA: I have been SO SO SO busy in recent weeks between travelling, getting new jobs, working old jobs and directing for the first time ever in a short play festival i’m also performing in. If you’re in melbourne come along to the Short and Sweet festival on Sat 5th Nov to see my directorial debut!