Friday, April 25, 2014
What's on the Needles?
New yarn. My yarn-buying dry spell is officially over. I bought five pairs of socks worth of fingering weight yarn, and a cone of fine linen warp for the rug I'm planning to weave. Bliss. This is a bag full of experimentation, however. My husband has been blowing holes in his socks almost as fast as I can get them on his feet, so I brought home a whole bunch of new yarns to try out. Unfortunately, this past weekend I felted a pair of socks while wearing them. It turns out that hand made wool socks and wellies don't mix. So, the first new pair of socks on the needles is mine, ALL MINE.
This is my very favorite basic sock pattern, Classic Socks for the Family, by Melinda Goodfellow. It gives instructions for five sizes of socks (infant through men's), in three weights of yarn (fingering, sport, and worsted), and several ribbing styles. It also provides the basis for an almost infinite variety of your own designs, simply by swapping out ribbing and simple cable patterns, and varying the cuff length.
The yarn is Schoppel-Wolle's Crazy Zauberball in rainbow, and it well lives up to its name. The fiber content is listed as 75% superwash wool, and 25% nylon. Although I love the color, the yarn is very fine for fingering weight, and does have a tendency to split. I have no idea how well it washes and wears yet, as this is the first time I've used it. I will say, if the wash and wear are good, this may become a regular yarn, even with the slight tendency to split.
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