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Wasn’t sure what I want to make, so let’s just swatch some yarn I have sitting around!
I’m pretty sure this will be the rare sock yarn from my stash that ACTUALLY BECOMES SOCKS.
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Wasn’t sure what I want to make, so let’s just swatch some yarn I have sitting around!

I’m pretty sure this will be the rare sock yarn from my stash that ACTUALLY BECOMES SOCKS.

Some of my recent yarn haul. The stuff from Joanns also includes some basic grays and blacks for projects I should’ve started a week and a half ago if I really wanted them to get done. :’D
Witching Hour is from Nerd Girl Yarn and while I absolutely adore it, there was only one skein left and I just don’t know what I’m going to do with about 200 yards of worsted weight.
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Some of my recent yarn haul. The stuff from Joanns also includes some basic grays and blacks for projects I should’ve started a week and a half ago if I really wanted them to get done. :’D
Witching Hour is from Nerd Girl Yarn and while I absolutely adore it, there was only one skein left and I just don’t know what I’m going to do with about 200 yards of worsted weight.
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Some of my recent yarn haul. The stuff from Joanns also includes some basic grays and blacks for projects I should’ve started a week and a half ago if I really wanted them to get done. :’D

Witching Hour is from Nerd Girl Yarn and while I absolutely adore it, there was only one skein left and I just don’t know what I’m going to do with about 200 yards of worsted weight.

I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
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I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
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I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
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I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
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I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@
Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/
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I am really popping these things out like crazy. @w@

Made this one a little longer than the last one so it covers the top of the ears. Knitting with cotton is really weird! D: I’m not a huge fan but I got like 5 little balls of this stuff for $.50 each. Seems that one ball gets me one hat or so after a gauge swatch with a bit left over so MIGHT get 6-7 out of all of these together, we’ll just see! Might try some new patterns with it, though I have no idea how cotton works with anything interesting. I already feel like half my stitches are ugly as sin in it. :/

Made two little luxury purchases to reward myself for doing as much work as I did on my cardigan in the time I did.

The first is a Schoppel Wolle lace ball. To be entirely honest, I’m not super familiar with the brand but the color is absolutely perfect for the beaded “Bethany” shawlette/scarf I’ve been piddling with designing. It’s a MUCH lighter weight than I’m used to, but it’s so soft in texture and vibrant in color. The tag is all in german so I have absolutely no idea with the content is… 75% Schurwolle sw 25% Polyamid… yeah idk. I think one is wool and one is some sort of synthetic something. Either way, I really like it.

As for the other, a ball of Noro “Miho”. When I first started knitting I was eyeing the Noro very very very covetously at the yarn shop near where I lived at the time. The colors still draw me in, though I’ve yet to properly knit with any. I bought this ball because it was in the $3 bin at my LYS. I have absolutely NO idea what I’m going to do with it. The shop owner suggested stranding it along with a neutral solid to add a bit of color because it doesn’t change the gauge. I’ve got no clue. She only had the one ball in the bin and I was obsessed with getting a deal on SOMETHING because, as much as I think her shop is great, the woman charges RIDICULOUSLY high on most of her stock. Everything else in the $3 was shit shit shit…and this is probably a bit useless itself. OTL Unless anyone has a suggestion for weird, bright, synthetic yarn that seems to vary from a thready laceweight to fingering…. 

So, not sure if I mentioned this, but Walmart had a bunch of clearance yarns the other day so I got something like 500 yards of sugar n cream cotton yarnfor like $2 and it’s in the most ridiculous lime color I’ve ever seen and I have NO idea what to do with it.

Maybe a Cthulhu plus, I was thinking? idk how well cotton works for plush toys, but I just don’t know what else to do with it. I don’t think there are terribly many things it would be good for. I hear a lot of horror stories about knitting with cotton, though I made a pretty squishy shawl out of what was possibly sugar n cream mill ends and it went pretty well? idk.

This is the color:

Knitting questions- buying yarn online

Sooo I know I follow a few knitters on here, though mostly I think they do hand-spinning and whatnot, I was hoping someone could give me a hand.

I need some advice for buying yarn online. Up to this point, I’ve been way too afraid to try it. I’m afraid the yarn will show up and I won’t like the feel of it or the color in real life will be  far from what I expected. The problem is, the yarn shop near me is almost unshoppably expensive, and this is going by yarn shop standards. The next closest one that I’ve seen has an absolutely awful atmosphere and the woman working made it quite clear she thought I intended to steal all the yarn the moment I walked in. 

The shop I’ve had the best luck with and where I’ve actually gone to a few knitting groups is, unfortunately, about an hour’s drive away. It’s also rather small and in the end the prices would still add up when you factor in the time it takes to get there and back as well as the gas spent.

So I’m left looking at different websites. Knit Picks has sooo many inexpensive lines, but again I’m left with that fear that what I expect won’t be what I get. Does anyone have suggestions for good sites? While I LOVE buying handpainted/handspun beauties, I’m looking for something a little more affordable. 

Also, I LOVE grab bags, but the ones on WEBS are a bit expensive and the reviews are a bit condemning. Does anyone know of some smaller home-run sites, perhaps, with grab bags? Please, I would love annny suggestions because I’m just terribly nervous to jump into buying yarn online. xD

And a last question, if you buy multiple skeins of the same color, will the seller necessarily make sure they’re of the same dye lot, or does it depend who you get them from?

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