Irene from Mushroom Villagers asked why I favor Knit Picks yarns. I do seem to be knitting quite a bit with their yarns lately. The many Essential kettle dyed socks are due to my having been requested to make a pair of socks for my mom in the jay colorway, but at the time they were sold out unless you bought the sampler. I purchased the sampler which included enough wool for 6 pairs of socks and six patterns as well. In fact, I've just cast on with the wine colorway for my friend Nicole. Another reason is economy; they are affordable and durable yarns. I am not by any means monogamous to Knit Picks, the lure of a tryst with luxury yarns is too strong, but for the familiar lunch date, KP is on my speed dial.