It's already shaping up to be one busy week here. Why's that? Because some much coveted yarn has arrived. I'm so proud to tell you that I've got some wonderful new yarn to share- Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino. This is some tasty yarn, but unfortunately it's not going to be available too often. Right now I have 8 colorways available from Kristy, will more on the way in the coming months. Kristy really has a way with color, as you can see by viewing what I have here. Not only are the colorways gorgeous, but the yarn has a tendency to not pool or stripe b/c of the short bursts of color. Shown below are my faves: Plum Hydrangea, Green Ocean and Nightshade
Also recently added are the new Trekking Hand Art- 6 gorgeous hand dyed colorways with 3 more to come (maybe later today). They are all beautiful colors, but I'm always a sucker for greens. And really nice yardage. I'm considering this for gift socks, as I'm often wondering if the socks I've knit for someone will accidentally be felted in a hot washer. Many sock yarns are labeled as hand wash, but we all know that they can be machine washed as long as we don't go overboard with the water temperature or agitation. But with Trekking sock yarn I feel confident knitting it as a gift b/c I know that it will last through misuse and wear. And now that there are some hand dyed colors available I can see these yarns turning into some well received gift socks.
Did you see all the new Berroco Sox that I have in stock? I ordered all the available colors, several sold out quickly, and I have already received a second batch. This yarn is available in many fun self-patterning colors, and it's only $12.50 a ball.
Finally, Dream in Color's Classy worsted weight yarn has arrived! It's the first worsted weight yarn I've carried, and for good reason. Not only does it knit up a superb sock, per the review below, but it's also a great choice for larger projects like the blanket-in-progress I'm working on. Well, was working on until the weather got warmer and caused the poor thing to be shelved until the weather is cool enough that I don't sweat when I knit it. It's one of those lap-covering projects. Not so great for humid Indiana springs and summers.
Below is the Classy review from the lovely Laura (she received color 340-Gothic Rose). She wrote the review almost 2 months ago and has been waiting for this yarn to come in so that she could get her hands on more. Just like the Smooshy and Baby yarn from DIC that I carry, it takes awhile to get in stock. But like the Smooshy and Baby, I'll place large orders and do my best to keep all colors in stock for you. If you find you need lots of Classy for larger projects, feel free to e-mail me and make sure I have what you need- and I'm always willing to special order for you so that you get the amount you need from one lot.
I immediately put it on my swift and wound it with incident. There were no knots, snags, break or areas of undyed yarn. And to top it all off the yarn is so soft and yummy. The yarn knit up quickly on size US 5 needles. I cast on 48 stitches to fit a woman's size 8.5 foot. In fact, the pair was completed, washed and dried within 3 days of receiving the yarn!
The color distributed equally and the yarn feels even softer after washing, which hardly seems possible. As the northeast was hit with a mini-snowstorm last night, I was able to wear the socks today and found that they retained their shape and looked and felt great in my clogs.
I will definitely purchase this yarn and use it again and again. The yarn was a pleasure to work with and the finished product is awesome. In fact, my friends who have seen and felt the yarn are also anxious to start knitting their own pair of socks with this yarn.
It looks like Laura used her own basic pattern for this sock, but you might also try Thuja from Knitty. I've knit the pattern twice now and it's a great basic pattern with just enough flair to keep it from being monotonous.