Long ago stashed sock yarn

Sometimes I’m so in love with the idea of the yarn that it’s hard to actually let myself knit it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this… Some stash seems too precious, especially if it’s yarn that’s hard to find. I believe I purchased this yarn back in 2008 or so and I’ve been hoarding stashing it ever since. It’s some Opal Hundertwasser self-striping yarn from one of the first Hundertwasser collections. It’s color 650, called Der Blaue Mond. It was inspired by this painting. I was so in love with it I had to buy two skeins. I’m finally letting myself knit one skein.hundertwasser-3

I left these socks unmatched. It’s kind of fun to have fraternal twin socks, because there’s something different and interesting happening on both socks as you knit them.hundertwasser-2

I really love Opal sock yarns. Sometimes it’s hard to let myself knit them, rather than just collect them, but at least when I do knit them I know they’ll last a long time. They’re durable, and they have all kinds of fun self-striping prints. I don’t hesitate to wash and dry socks from their yarns, and they continue to look good.

Right now I’m coveting some Little Prince colorways. I’ve knit one pair of Harry Potter themed sock yarns in the Ron Weasley colorway. I liked it so much that I decided to get more of that color to knit socks for myself. They also recently came out with a Van Gogh set of colors. I got that in Sunflowers. I apologize for all the Ravelry links if you’re not a Raveller, but they usually have really clean pics with most of the colorways. You can google any of these and find more visuals.hundertwasser

Speaking of Ravelry…anyone doing Ravellenics alongside the Olympics? I’m contemplating making Matt a sweater with some Cascade Eco+ (Aran weight for quick knitting) as long as I’m making good progress on the Pensacola Sweater at that time. I don’t want to take on too much and drive myself crazy, but I haven’t participated in the last two Ravellenic (formerly Ravelympics) events and I’d like to try this time. Are you participating? What are you knitting?

13 thoughts on “Long ago stashed sock yarn

  1. I have a skein of Interlacements Toasty Toes in a limited edition colorway from 2004 that has yet to be used. It is just so darn pretty.

  2. I will be on a cruise so no Ravelenics for me. It’s crazy because my husband loves the Olympics. So much we will DVR the opening ceromonies to watch when we get home.

  3. I think I have a ball of that exact yarn in my stash for the same reason (and a ball of the HP yarn in Draco).

    I’m going to try and finish my double-knit scarf of doom for the Ravellenics (the Null Hypothesis). I was going to try and knit a sweater, but I’m getting on board with the “knit all the rainbows” folks.

    • I’d recommend checking out the link in the final paragraph of this post. It’s the link on the word “Ravellenics.” You basically pick a knitting challenge to complete during the Olympics, but you can also join teams with common interests or specific goals. Check out the group on Ravelry (that’s the link).

  4. I have never knit with Opal yarns, but those socks are looking so gorgeous I may have to treat myself to a couple of skeins. I love the totally fraternal nature of these!

    I totally know what you mean about yarn that seems to precious to actually use. I find that I hoard festival yarns or OOAKs from indies. Yarns I bought because I loved, but that I’m afraid to knit up. Why? I have no idea. Eventually I’ll see the perfect pattern, though, and I’ll knit them up.

  5. I am now looking at buying some opal yarns after your lovely post! I am still new to sock knitting so I haven’t reached the stage of hoarding some lovely sock yarn yet, but I am sure that will come soon enough🙂

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