October 13, 2008

Sock Week :: Fiber Buffet on the Farm

Sock Week

We have three new sock yarns from Pagewood Farm, all hand dyed in beautiful hues. The yarn is milled and dyed in the US, which is increasingly rare these days. What makes this collection of yarn so interesting are the effects of the different fiber contents. First off is Denali, the workhorse of the group made up of 80% merino superwash and 20% nylon. It comes in a generous 450 yard hank, perfect for a pair of socks and then some.

Sock Week

Now, it used to be that if you wanted sock yarn in anything other than merino, you had to spin it yourself, but St. Elias gives all you non-spinning knitters the opportunity to knit with an 80% Blue Faced Leicester and 20% nylon blend. The BFL gives the yarn an amazing loft as well as creating a much softer tone with the colors. Like Denali, it comes in 450 yard hanks.

Sock Week

Lastly, there is Aleyska, which combines 80% merino superwash with 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. The yarn has an amazingly soft hand, just that touch of cashmere adds so much. Soft. Squishy. Aleyska comes in a little thicker at 7- 7.5 stitches compared to Denali and St Elias’ 8 stitches to an inch and at the 360 yards, the put up is a little less. But from a gourmet stand point, a little of a good thing goes a long way. Like truffles. No matter, your feet will thank you.


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