As Sock Week turns into more of a Sock Fortnight, the next featured yarn is Sheep Feet from the Sheep Shop Yarn Company. Based in New England, the superwash merino sock yarn is hand dyed in Uruguay. At 218 yards, you would need two balls for a pair of adult socks, however at 5-6 stitches to an inch, Sheep Feet can also serve your vibrant baby knitting needs. One ball would make a pair of booties and a hat for that newborn at the office. With lovely, saturated colors and easy care, what more could you ask for?
October 14, 2008
October 13, 2008
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2008
While there’s nothing new about Jitterbug from Colinette, what’s noteworthy is how using it in a an original sock design could make you a lot of money. The Knitter’s Magazine Think Outside the SOX competition is still going on and Jitterbug has three categories – Adult Fair Isle, Toddler and Children’s Lace or Cable, and Adult Lace with Cuff. All ready and waiting for your needles.
Designing is not your thing? The folks at Colinette have provided a simple sock pattern just inside the label. And if you need some music to knit by, or just your Wham! fix for the day, click here.
October 6, 2008
The first offering for Sock Week is Bambino from Chameleon Colorworks. Made up of 60% merino superwash, 30% bamboo and 10% nylon, the combination of the bamboo gives the yarn a wonderful shine as well as offering the knitter something a little lighter than pure wool socks. But really, it’s all about the color!
Bambino is available in multi-colored hand paints with wonderful names like Lichen (pictured) and is perfectly suited for patterns like Jaywalker (Ravelry link) or for those times when you just want to let the yarn do the talking. For cables or other intricate patterns, that’s when you break out the semi-solid shadow dyed variety, which has a lovely tone-on-tone effect. Subtle variation for visual interest, but nary a distraction from the stitches. Something for all your sock knitting needs.
October 5, 2008
All this Ravelry linkage from the past few posts and here comes another! Yes indeed, ImagiKnit is now on Ravelry with it’s very own group page. So drop on by, we’d love to add you to our friend’s list.