Friday, August 23, 2019

Knit Night Knitting

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I feel like a bad grandma, but I put down the newborn sweater and have been focusing on my Out of Winter shawl.  It's amazing how much more you can accomplish when you knit monogamously.
Knit Night Knitting - Out of Winter Shawl, Sock Labs Stroll yarns

A couple of hours spent knitting rather than eating and drinking at Knit Night and I'm ready to start the lace border.  My goal is to finish it before Labor Day. 

I'm excited to be done with the shawl so that I can move on to knitting All the baby things, but at the same time, I'll be sad to put this yarn away.  But that's okay - I have more!

Assuming the lace border doesn't take a full skein, I should have enough of each color left over to knit either two very tiny baby sweaters or a larger striped one.  And, I've enjoyed knitting with this Sock Labs Stroll yarn so much, I ordered more.
Sock Labs Stroll

I'm pretty sure there will be a baby blanket using the green set on the needles soon.

And while I was ordering the green Sock Labs set, I may have ordered a few skeins of plain Stroll sock yarn and perhaps a skein or two of Stroll Tweed sock yarn too.  I'm all things Stroll these days and currently on a mission to ensure my grandbaby stays toasty warm during his/her first spring.  I also want to make it easy for the new mama and papa and want everything I knit to be easily washed.  I may not have the best memory these days but I do remember how much laundry a newborn creates.

But what I really wanted to talk about today was why I love the Sock Labs so much.  First of all, it's machine wash and dryable.  Who doesn't love that??  

It's unbelievably soft.  Even my daughter who has become THE world's most picky person regarding wool around her neck, says it's soft and she'd be happy if Mom would knit her a speckled cowl.  

And the colors!  Oh, the colors!  The colors are so bright and cheerful and slightly less harsh in real life than they are on my screen.  

The yarn glides through my fingers and across my needles, even when it's 98 degrees outside and I'm hot and sweaty.  

The yarn isn't the least bit splitty and while it's hard to tell from my loose gauge and stockinette shawl, I have knit when I should have purled a few thousand times and based the appearance of those accidental stitches, the yarn has fantastic stitch definition.  

And best of all, or worst of all depending on how you look at it, the Sock Lab yarns are limited editions so not everyone in your knitting circle will be knitting with the exact same yarn.  I like that.  But I do feel the pressure to grab some more while it's available.  The purple set has already sold out.


  1. They are beautiful colors. They look like so much fun to knit with.

  2. The yarn is wonderful to knit with and the speckles prevent the "I've been knitting with the same color for 8 years" sensation.

  3. That shawl is gorgeous! I love the green colorway too.

    1. Thanks! Out of Winter is mostly mindless knitting and even the lace section is easy to knit/memorize.

  4. Coming to visit you makes me want to go out and buy yarn :) Love the chunky stripes of your project!!

  5. I, too, am a recent convert to KnitPicks ... I first used it to knit a blanket for my second grandchild and I was really impressed with the quality/price. I've since used it for more blankets and even a sweater for my daughter. I'm a fan for sure - and I LOVE the stroll pack you ordered ... look forward to seeing ALL of those skeins knit up!

    1. I love Knit Picks! Their yarns are awesome quality for the price and their customer service is The best! I've been ordering from them for longer than I can remember and have only had a few problems, but with one phone call, those problems were fixed. I can't say enough nice things about them.

  6. Love that you say it is not SPLITTY. I get frustrated and angry when yarn is splitty. Your shawl is so pretty

  7. Such lovely colors, but I will resist since I already have more yarn than I can knit up in a few years time!