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Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

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This is my current collection of the yarn Bugga! by The Sanguine Gryphon. I received it in exchange for knitting two pairs of socks, a pair of knee-highs, a hat, and some fingerless mittens. All in Bugga as well, so I also have the leftover from those projects. I did not pay for any of this yarn (or, I did, but with my time), which is good because I’m pretty sure the total cost of my Bugga collection is more than anything else in my stash.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I. Love. This. Yarn.

It’s soft, squooshy, gorgeous colors, sturdy, machine-washable, and a wonderful ply. It makes AMAZING socks. It also makes great hats. The fabric knit up on 1’s is gloriously thick and sturdy. I FUCKING LOVE THIS YARN. If I had to pick one yarn to knit for the rest of my life, it would be this one. For sure. I want a billion pairs of socks knit in this yarn. As well as 57 hats and 16 sweaters and 9 scarves and 26 pairs of gloves.

Unfortunately, those six skeins are all I’ve got as I can’t really afford more. Sad. Fortunately, I can usually find a WWFY swap that involves Bugga and that makes me happy.

This is another yarn I got through a WWFY swap. It’s JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 4/8, a beautiful dk blend of wool and silk. I’ve never worked with this yarn. I have no idea what it looks like knit up. But oh my damn, I can’t wait to knit it. I also have four skeins of it in purple, which is enough to do exactly nothing with, but it is also gorgeous. Not as pretty as the blue (aptly named Aegean Blue), but still pretty.

I think I’ll knit the blue up as a pair of gloves. The twist is pretty tight (a yarn after my own heart–I love a tight twist), and it’s OH SO SHINY that I think it would hold up well.

Unfortunately, this is another yarn I can’t really afford. Being a poor college student fixing to graduate, the only yarns I can REALLY afford are the ones I can frog from $3 sweater from the thrift store. And I mean, I do find some pretty good stuff that way. My favorites include a bright green lace weight silk/cotton blend and a beige linen/cotton blend. It’s also a really cheap source of 100% wool.

Still. Sometimes you just want the shiny stuff.

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I finished the first item for my latest WWFY swap, a pair of socks:

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Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: Sanguine Gryffon, Bugga! One skein in Metallic Fly
Needles: US 1, two at a time magic loop
Mods: Regular rib instead of twisted rib cause I hate knitting twisted rib

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These would have been done a lot more quickly if I hadn’t had to knit so many damn shark mittens. Not that I mind the profit, I just also like knitting socks. I have a bunch more things to knit for this person and also a bunch more shark mittens. So yeah.

But about the socks. I like ’em. They’re too big for me, but they’re not for me and the recipient has larger feet than me, so that’s good. The yarn is wonderful. Soft and squooshy, as a yarn with cashmere in it is bound to be. And I got lots of it in return for all the knitting I’m doing. : ) I really like this particular swap, but I think I’m going to take a break from swapping after I finish everything. There are things I’d like to knit for me.

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But socks. I like those.

Before I go into today’s subject matter, I just want to note that my shark mittens were featured on the Meet Me at Mike’s blog! And I’m super chuffed about it. : )

Anyway, so I got the yarn yesterday for another WWFY swap that I am super excited about. I’m knitting for Stuffycat, and she sent six skeins of Bugga:

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The brown that’s partially balled will be made into Cookie A’s Monkey socks and the other two will be made into Kitty Hawk, a steampunk-errific set of mitts and a hat.

In return, I received the following three skeins of yarn:

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And I already know what I’m going to knit with them. The blue will be made into Viper Pilots and the other two are for my own set of Kitty Hawk mitts and hat. Yay!

I have a bunch of other things I have to knit before I can start any of these (including THREE PAIRS of shark mittens I got orders for yesterday), but I can’t wait to be able to knit with the Bugga. It’s super soft and lovely. And now I have three!