The reason I haven’t been talking about my knitting to y’all lately is that I’m not allowed to show it. I’m knitting like a madwoman on these Hogwarts socks, and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. By the way, I’ve come to believe that I may be the slowest knitter on the planet. I read this interview with Deb, who did the 52 pair plunge in under 6 months. She says she gets through a sock in between 5.5 and 8 hours. Wow. I bow in awe to Deb’s knitterly speed. This got me thinking, though. Is she that fast, or am I just that slow?! Regardless, I shall plod along and finish… eventually.
I think it’s safe to tell you that these socks have a teensy bit of colorwork, so I found myself dealing with a few balls of yarn at once. At first, I just stopped every row or so and untangled everything. If I waited more than two rows, it was quite a mess. Eventually, I remembered seeing a photo of a yarn bobbin somewhere online. I ran to my old cross-stitch drawer, and dug out one of those cardboard cards. Feeling quite proud of myself, I wound my bobbin and continued on.
|There’s a reason that these aren’t marketed as yarn bobbins. They’re not quite strong enough, and about once every row or two, the end of the yarn would slip from the slit and the bobbin would tumble down. If I didn’t catch it quickly enough, the kitten would be happy to pounce on it for me. Multiply this by the number of bobbins, and I was getting a bit irritated by the end of sock #1. However, it was still better than untangling full balls of yarn.|
|Between socks, I made a trip to the LYS and looked around for bobbins. I found a plastic version of my cardboard nemesis, and was actually standing in line with it when I saw THEM. Strange, stacked transparent discs marked as bobbins. When I asked the shop owner about them, she positively glowed with praise. Now that I’ve used them, I’m glowing, too. They are wonderful. Firstly, they don’t have corners to catch on each other – when they bang together, they just slide past. They also don’t kink up your yarn. And, they pop open for easy winding.|
Here’s the kicker, though… they hang beautifully. When you want a little more yarn, just give a tug and it comes right out.
*sigh* I just love me a good gadget. If you invented these, let me know. I owe you a box of chocolates.
This product is called ‘E-Z Bobs’, from Bryson Distributing in Eugene, OR. The size pictured here is ‘small’, and came 10 to a pack for $4.50 at my LYS. Totally worth it.