Pattern: Fiber Trends Mt. Hood Socks
Yarn: Mieleweit Fun and Stripes (color?) 80%wool/ 20% nylon
Needles: Blue Sky Alpacas, size 1 (more on these later)
Notes: I loved this pattern. Easy to memorize, worked great with the stripes. Not sure I’m too crazy about this yarn. The colors are wonderful and much more vibrant than the pictures show (why can’t I get good pictures? The green looks yellow in these shots; it’s actually a nice lime). The yarn I’m not too sure about. It’s definitely not the softest, and it split a lot while knitting. But, I’m sure it will wear well.

These socks cover me for both Socktoberfest and Sock-a-Month Knitalong Two (pair number two).

As for the needles. I’m pretty torn on these. For $27 I expect greatness. And I will say, I have loved kntting with these. The problem? When I first got them there was one needle that had a little split on the end. Rather than take the time to return them, I decided to just sand the edge down and knit on. They’ve been great since then. What sucks is what Clara had to say in this review. Apparently others have had the same problem, often worse, and the company says these needles should only last 3-5 projects. HUH? I’m sorry, but that is just insane. For this much money I expect better than that. I know wooden needles get bent and sat on and the like, but 3-5 projects? I was so excited about these, especially for their claim to have been made on a “fair trade” basis. That’s important to me and I’m often willing to pay more for that, but fair trade usually means better quality as well (at least in my experience). I’m not sure that I’d invest in another set if they aren’t expected to last. I guess I’ll have to see how these hold up, because I will say they were the best wooden needles I’ve knit with in awhile. If they only last…

On the swapping front, I sent my SP9 her first package and I have to say, I was pretty excited about it. She loved it and it seemed to arrive at a good time for her. As for me, I’m not sure what’s up with my pal. S/he sent me a couple of nice e-mails about a month ago and I haven’t heard anything since then. I’m hoping s/he’s just been busy. SP9, are you out there? 🙂

The Coffee Swap is underway and I’m busy matching members up. I’m excited for the number of knitters that signed up. I think this will be a great swap.

Coming soon: the sweater that made Little Man say, “Mooooommmm, don’t wear that!”



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12 responses to “Socks!!!

  1. Chris

    Fun socks!! But I can’t believe that about the needles – 3-5 projects?! For that price?? What?! That’s completely insane.

    Ok, now I can hardly wait to see that sweater… And I hope your SP9 turns up.

  2. Jeanne

    Those are great socks. But the needles?!? Only 3-5 projects?!? You have got to be kidding me! That is ridiculous!

  3. RheLynn

    Fantastic socks – the colour and the pattern! Strange on the needles — aren’t they supposed to last until you slam one in a car door or a cat carries it off and hides it? 🙂

  4. Diane

    The socks are very colorful.

    My kids are still my clothes police!

  5. Laura B

    I love the socks! Those stripes are great! That’s crazy about the needles, though.

  6. Sheepish Annie

    I’m with you on the needles. It would never occur to me that a knitting needle would only be good for a few projects!!

    Love those socks! And I can’t wait to see that sweater…

  7. Kelly

    I can’t wait to see the sweater. That stinks about the needles. For $27 bucks they should be indestructable.

  8. - LisaD.

    Were those the socks you wore to DOTD? I was gonna comment then about your socks and ask you what pattern they were, but sadly didn’t find the appropriate time in the conversation to interject.

    They look great!

  9. limedragon :-: Harriet

    The socks look fabulous! (FWIW, the green looks greenish on my monitor…) I read the KR article on these needles too… kinda surprising. I got a set as a gift this summer and did have a silver come off. After that, they’ve seemed OK.

  10. jenneke

    Knitting needles should be made to last longer, fair trade or not. You socks are beautifull though. Did you like to work with Meilenweit? I like the color repeat ratio.
    greatings Jenneke

  11. Brenda

    Great socks! I can’t believe the thing with the needles! I’ve noticed on the web that lots of people have been getting the Blue Sky Alpaca needles, but 3-5 projects for that price! Crazy.

    Looking forward to seeing the sweater!

  12. SP9 pal

    these socks are FABOOOOO!!!
    i’m sorry i was such a bad SP! i could make excuses, but i won’t. 🙂 i’ll just say this, i must have some serious ADD b/c i kept getting distracted whenever i said i would sit down and email you. 🙂

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