Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New yarn

I want to introduce you to a new-to-me sock yarn, Berroco Sox. It is fingering weight, 75% superwash wool/25% nylon, and is dyed to make a Fair Isle pattern as you knit. The colors are very intense, and the interval between repeats is long. The owner of our local yarn shop says that Berroco is known for its color saturation in their yarns. The yarn was considerably lower in cost than most comparable sock yarns, $12.60 for a 440 yard ball. The yarn was a little stiff to knit, but softened up nicely when washed. It is made in Romania. I'll certainly try another ball. The socks pictured are my standard slouch pattern, 64 stitches on #1 needles.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New socks

I have been fortunate to get some commissions to knit socks from our hand dyed yarn, my favorite yarn to work with. The brown socks with the blue zigzag are winging their way to Minnesota even as I write this, to a young lady who is probably standing in the snow with cold feet, waiting for a bus. You notice that the socks are photographed in the snow, with a few snowflakes for accent. The pink and green socks are for my friend Pam. She has a personality as bubbly as the socks' color scheme. She loves them. The teal and raspberry socks are mine. They go with everything I wear.